Offer of Proof Arch Gold has a problem -- and it's not his absurd name. NYC's top public defender is assigned the case of Damon Tucker, a hotheaded… Offer of Proof Arch Gold has a problem -- and it's not his absurd name. NYC's top public defender is assigned the case of Damon Tucker, a hotheaded… 2003-09-16 Fiction
Book Review

Robert Heilbrun (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 16, 2003; Writer: Robert Heilbrun; Genre: Fiction

Arch Gold has a problem -- and it's not his absurd name. NYC's top public defender is assigned the case of Damon Tucker, a hotheaded black college kid up for a murder-robbery he didn't commit, the state's first death penalty trial in decades. But that's not his problem either. Gold's problem is that he's a smart, wry, no-nonsense narrator thrown into the banal vagaries of a sub-Grisham legal thriller. Heilbrun, himself a public defender since 1989 (natch), nimbly constructs Tucker's case, making even the most mundane rules of evidence seem compelling. But when he wades into pulpier territory -- the computer disc stolen from the desk of the shrink who may have been killed by the vaguely dangerous CEO -- Heilbrun perpetrates gross negligence against his hero.

Originally posted Sep 19, 2003 Published in issue #729 Sep 19, 2003 Order article reprints
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