Full Disclosure: A novel by Beverley MclachlinFull Disclosure: A novel by Beverley Mclachlin

Full Disclosure: A novel

byBeverley Mclachlin

Paperback | May 1, 2018

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From the former Chief Justice of Canada comes a riveting thriller starring Jilly Truitt, a rising, young defense attorney faced with a case that hits close to home. A searing look at what justice means in the courts and on the streets, Full Disclosure is perfect for fans of Kathy Reichs, Louise Penny, and Lisa Scottoline.

When everyone has something to hide, the truth is the only defense.

There’s nothing Jilly Truitt likes more than winning a case, especially against her former mentor, prosecutor Cy Kenge. Jilly has baggage, the residue of a dark time in a series of foster homes, but that’s in the past. Now she’s building her own criminal defense firm and making a name for herself as a tough-as-nails lawyer willing to take risks in the courtroom.

When the affluent and enigmatic Vincent Trussardi is accused of his wife Laura’s murder, Jilly agrees to defend him, despite predictions that the case is a sure loser and warnings from those close to her to stay away from the Trussardi family. Determined to prove everyone wrong, Jilly investigates Laura’s death, hoping to discover a shred of evidence that might give the jury a reasonable doubt. Instead, she is confronted by damning evidence and uncooperative witnesses at every turn. Someone isn’t telling the truth, but who?

With her reputation and Vincent’s life on the line, Jilly tries to unravel the web of secrets surrounding Laura’s murder. As she digs deeper, she uncovers a startling revelation that will change not only the case, but her life forever.

From the gritty streets of Vancouver to the fateful halls of justice, Full Disclosure is a razor-sharp thriller that pulses with authenticity and intrigue.
Title:Full Disclosure: A novelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501172786

ISBN - 13:9781501172786


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I bought this book because of my respect for the author and her esteemed career as a lawyer and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Canada. The book was well written and easy to read. I liked the story and would read another book by this author. However, I agree with some other commenters as I figured out most of the ending fairly early on in the book. Still worth the read.
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it but didn't love it I found the storyline good but it was overshadowed by the narcissistly written grandiose descriptions of everything and every character. Would have much preferred this book had it not been so out of touch with everyday life and I also found the ending too predictable. Louise Penny books are far superior and storyline and character development.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I was a bit surprised by the low star rating, I thought it was a great book very compelling
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I was very disappointed with this novel, perhaps I was expecting too much from a first novel. The story line was, in my view, weak, predictable and unrealistic (even it is fiction). I think the author tried to put too much in a first novel and should have put fewer 'surprises' and more 'meat'. Still, I think the author has much to share and will do so in the future.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well Done Legal Mystery Jilly Truitt is a rising star as a defense attorney in Vancouver, British Columbia. She accepts the case of defending Vincent Trussardi who is accused of murdering his wife. The prosecutor on the file is her old mentor, Cy Kenge, however, they have not been seeing eye to eye these days and their relationship has turned rocky. This book is written by Beverley McLachlin who was the first female Chief Justice of Canada. I enjoyed the procedural part of the story mostly because Ms. McLachlin got it right due to her background as a lawyer and former Justice of the Court in Canada. In the 1990’s I was a Judicial Officer in the Court of Queen’s Bench and it was refreshing to read a legal story set in Canada where all the procedural background was correct (e.g. while judges, lawyers, and court clerks gown for trials, they do not wear wigs as they do in the British courts, QB Justices wear black robes with red sashes down the front). One area that I thought could have been improved was with respect to Jilly questioning who her birth parents were. The author’s hints were so heavy-handed that there may as well have been highlighted sentences on my Kindle edition saying “pay attention or here’s the answer”. I had figured out 50% of the way into the book who one of her parents were just from the heavy-handedness of the writing. Overall, I think it was written well and I enjoyed the story. If the author decides to continue writing about this character or other legal-related novels, I will definitely check them out.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great I really enjoyed this book. Reading for fun and everything else is gravy.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keep Writing McLachlin!! All through law school I always enjoyed reading her judgements because of the way she writes so I thoroughly enjoyed reading her fiction. I hope she continues to write now that she is no longer the Chief Justice. It was a great story that kept me interested...even though I guessed the twist early on she still had my interest throughout.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it! I enjoyed this book. A few surprises which made this book good.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent. There is no doubt that Beverly McLachlin is an extraordinary human, however, this book was not a literary masterpiece. It was good, don't get me wrong, I read it in 2 days. But, it was somewhat predictable.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You can't put this down! Excellent book! This book by Beverly McLachlin totally surprised me. I was settling down for a good story but what I got was a fabulously woven thriller. The characters were interesting and blended together beautifully throughout the book. You shared their victories along with their losses. The main character Jilly Tuitt is a brilliantly written character. You feel compassion for this young lady as she takes on a career changing court case. The story twists and turns just as you think you have it figured out. The ending is a complete shock, and I can’t tell you any more than that without giving it away. This is one book you can curl up with and not want to put down. I am anxiously awaiting Beverly’s next novel! I was gifted this book by NetGalley for an honest review.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Former Chief Justice is a brilliant mystery novelist? Who would have thought? This is a brilliant book, It is one of the very few books that compels you to read it under it is finished you have to force yourself to put it down. The characters are multifacted, the pacing crisp, the story interesting and the final reveal is devastating. I could not recommend it more highly.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A suspenseful mystery with surprising twists Former Chief Justice Beverley McLaughlin has crafted a tightly written mystery which keeps the reader's attention from beginning to end. The plot of "Full Disclosure" deals largely with criminal lawyer Jilly Truitt's defense of Vincent Trussardi, who has been accused of the murder of his wife Laura. As the investigation and the trial progress, the reader is faced with a number of puzzles which pique the reader's interest. I read the book in one day, anxious to get to the conclusion, and I was not disappointed. "Full Disclosure" is set in Vancouver, where I reside, and it was great to see so many locales in the book with which I am familiar. A great read!
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great legal thriller Thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an advance e-copy of Full Disclosure by Beverley McLachlin in exchange for an honest review. This legal thriller is written by the now-retired 17th Chief Justice of Canada, the first woman to hold this position and the longest-serving Chief Justice of Canada in history. Needless to say, there are many detailed courtroom scenes here. Full Disclosure is the story of Jilly Truitt, a criminal defense attorney in Vancouver, BC, who is hired by Vincent Trussardi who is charged with the murder of his wife Laura. The reader is a witness to the manipulation of justice by both the prosecution and the defense side of this case. There are many secondary characters and the plot is well-developed. The tension builds till the end, where several unexpected events are revealed. This is a first novel for Beverley McLachlin but I hope there will be more to come.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read A wonderful mystery/suspense that is well paced and thought provoking - with the promise of becoming an intriguing series.....................?? The scenic referrals of casual hot spots in Vancouver, BC are sure to please its Canadian readers
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vancouver Law Mystery If you love the city of Vancouver, BC like I do, you will enjoy this quick-read book. Coffee spots and dinners in Yale Town, a run through Stanley Park, bridges that will make you feel like home. Enough law to make it interesting but not crazy intimidating or diabolically intense. A story of finding oneself and understanding others in the day-to-day living of wins and losses. Authored by the former Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, this book leaves room open for the solving of more mysteries. I'd definitely indulge in another one.
Date published: 2018-03-30

Read from the Book

Full Disclosure CHAPTER 1 WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN your client goes to jail? You do what you can, then forget. I look down the long corridor of the detention center and wonder how it will be this time. The guard, a burly man in uniform, spies me at the end of the hallway. A shadow crosses his hardened features. He doesn’t like lawyers, particularly women lawyers with saucy haircuts and eyes that refuse to look down or away. The steel door behind him opens, a grating sound of metal on metal, and my client appears. Vincent Trussardi. Scion of the business world, patron of the arts. And as of yesterday, widower charged with the murder of his wife. Trussardi walks toward me, steps measured, shackled wrists crossed in dignified mien. Did he kill his elegant wife? Probably, I think to myself—I can hope, at least at the beginning, that I’m wrong, but a decade in criminal law has made me jaded. Not that it matters. My job is to get him out and get him off. The guard’s right hand moves to his holster as the flat of his left nudges the prisoner forward. My client stops, half turns to resist, then resumes his calculated stride. For some perverse reason, they’ve put Vincent Trussardi—upstanding citizen, no criminal record—in cuffs. Whether he killed his wife, he’s hardly likely to take the guards down and make an unscheduled run for the door. Prisons run on the dignity game—we take it; you keep it if you can. Most people can’t. Maybe this man is an exception. Even in prison reds, he commands. The guard backs off a little, averts his eyes as he bends to unlock the cuffs. A uniformed woman appears from nowhere—a slight creature with brush cut hair—and scrabbles a key at the door of an interview room. Trussardi moves into the room; the guard waves me in. The door clanks behind us. We are alone, unless you count the shadow of the guard’s face behind the window high on the wall. There’s not much in the room—a table, two plastic chairs. They dehumanize these places. I motion to my client to sit down; he complies with a graceful shift of the torso. He’s caught on quick; cuffs change the way you move. I scrape back the chair opposite and slide into it. “Thank you for coming, Miss Truitt,” Vincent Trussardi says, his voice low and gravelly. His eyes—green, gold-rimmed, heavy like an ancient icon—assess me. I’m not used to my clients studying me. “Just get me out of here,” they tend to say. I decide to stare back. Despite the onset of middle age, toned muscle shows beneath Trussardi’s prison reds. His face is even featured, conventionally handsome. A mane of white-streaked black hair flows from forehead to chin; a black-russet mustache and beard frame full lips, the square of his jaw. His bearing is proud, his gaze lamenting. Why not, I think. If the papers are right, he has much to grieve for. I break eye contact and flip open the briefcase at my side. “Joseph Quentin called me,” I say, signing in to my MacBook Air. “He says you want me to act for you.” I open a document and type “Vincent Trussardi.” “Yes, they tell me I must fight this charge and that to fight it, I must have a lawyer. I understand you are competent, Miss Truitt.” His voice sinks to a whisper. “You will do as well as any. Who knows, perhaps better.” I glance up from my screen. Is he guilty? Does he just want to get this over with? “I look forward to getting to know you,” he says, as if we’re agreeing to a merger. I launch into my spiel. “Mr. Trussardi. The law presumes you innocent, but a murder charge is serious. I’m here to help you.” First lesson in client management: calm them down. “Relax, you’re in good hands.” He nods. “I understand you’ve been questioned by the police.” “I told them the truth. I came home and found my wife dead.” If Joseph Quentin, renowned counsel to Vancouver’s elite, had had the sense to call me at the outset, Vincent Trussardi would have sat tight on his right to silence. No point in telling him that now. What’s happened has happened. I just hope he hasn’t sunk his case by revealing something he thought didn’t matter. As if sensing my disquiet, he leans forward. “You shouldn’t worry, Miss Truitt. I am not a fool—I know that innocent people go down. Not infrequently, despite your vaunted justice system. I appreciate your help, hope for the best—but you should know, I am prepared for the worst. If it comes to that.” “And you should know, Mr. Trussardi, I distinctly dislike losing. If I take your case, I will win, or exhaust myself trying.” He sits back. “Good, Miss Jilly Truitt. I approve. In fact, I think I am beginning to like you.” I ignore the sortie. Don’t patronize me. “The first thing we need to do is to secure your release—get you out of here. Then we can talk about the case and whether you want us to take it. If we work that out, we’ll discuss what the Crown has against you and how we should handle your defense. We’ll look after everything. All in due course.” My little speech, honed to perfection, washes over him like water. He gives me an empty smile. I remind myself of the second lesson in client management: insulate yourself against failure. “I would be less than frank, Mr. Trussardi, if I did not tell you that on charges as grave as this one, the judges do not favor release on bail. However, we will do our best.” “So what precisely do you need, Miss Truitt? To secure my release. Or try.” “We need personal information—residence, income, someone who will act as surety, passport, that sort of thing. And we may need cash to make the bail.” “Hildegard,” he intones. “Hildegard Bremner, TEC Tower.” He recites a phone number, and I write it down. “My personal secretary in the ancient sense of the word—keeper of the family vaults.” “I see.” But I’m not seeing at all. “The judge may want a tidy sum for bail.” I think again of what I’ve read in the papers about the death of his wife. “Given the circumstances.” He regards me levelly. “A matter of no consequence.” “And I’ll need a retainer. Ten thousand to start. More later.” The third rule of criminal defense work: get the money up front. “Only ten?” He allows himself a soft laugh. “I’m sure you’re worth much more than that, Miss Truitt. Hildegard can arrange the payment.” “Very well.” I slip my laptop back into its case. “Unless you have further questions, I’ll get started. My associate, Jeff Solosky, will contact Hildegard and look after the details. With luck, we’ll have you out of here today.” “That would be much appreciated.” His voice catches. “My wife’s funeral is tomorrow afternoon. I wish to attend.” “The press will be there. Paparazzi, photos all over the papers, wall-to-wall coverage on the six o’clock news. Are you sure you want to go, Mr. Trussardi?” “The funeral is for her—for Laura. For those who loved her.” Once more, he fixes his eyes on mine. “For me.” I consider the optics. Grieving husband at wife’s funeral. Not bad. “Fine,” I say. “Just wear black and keep your head down.”

Editorial Reviews

“McLachlin has the sure hand of a much more experienced author. . . . Jilly’s the perfect legal protagonist—smart, suspicious and driven.”