Danielle Steel: Lightning

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Danielle Steel Lightning
  • Название:
    Lightning
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  • Издательство:
    Random House, Inc.
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    Старинная литература / на английском языке
  • Год:
    1996
  • Язык:
    Английский
  • ISBN:
    9780440221500
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Alex Parker had a family …

a career …

a life …

until she was struck by …LIGHTNINGA novel of courage and triumph

PRAISE FOR

DANIELLE STEEL“STEEL IS ONE OF THE BEST!”—Los Angeles Times“THE PLOTS OF DANIELLE STEEL'S NOVELS TWIST AND WEAVE AS INCREDIBLE STORIES UNFOLD TO THE GLEE AND DELIGHT OF HER ENORMOUS READING PUBLIC.”—United Press International“Ms. Steel's fans won't be disappointed!”—The New York Times Book Review“Steel writes convincingly about universal human emotions.”—Publishers Weekly“One of the world's most popular authors.”—The Baton Rouge Sun“FEW MODERN WRITERS CONVEY THE PATHOS OF FAMILY AND MARITAL LIFE WITH SUCH HEARTFELT EMPATHY.”—The Philadelphia Inquirera cognizant original v5 release october 26 2010

PRAISE FOR DANIELLE STEEL'S

LIGHTNING“UNFORGETTABLE …YOU CAN'T STOP READING.”—Baton Rouge-Advocate (La.)“High drama and unpredictable twists will keep readers in suspense until the end.”—Newport Beach Daily Pilot (Ca.)“Ms. Steel has a surprise in store for her readers, and the novel's last 70 pages are an emotional whirligig.”—The New York Times Book Review“Steel is in her element here, using high drama, pathos, and unpredictable plot developments that will keep fans in suspense until the end.”—BooklistA MAIN SELECTION OF THE LITERARY GUILD AND THE DOUBLEDAY BOOK CLUB

Books by Danielle Steel

SUNSET IN ST. TROPEZ     NO GREATER LOVE THE COTTAGE     HEARTBEAT THE KISS     MESSAGE FROM NAM LONE EAGLE     DADDY LEAP OF FAD     STAR JOURNEY     ZOYA THE HOUSE ON HOPE     KALEIDOSCOPE   STREET     FINE THINGS THE WEDDING     WANDERLUST IRRESISTIBLE FORCES     SECRETS GRANNY DAN     FAMILY ALBUM BITTERSWEET     FULL CIRCLE MIRROR IMAGE     CHANGES HIS BRIGHT LIGHT:

THE STORY OF NICK TRAINE     THURSTON HOUSE THE KLONE AND I     CROSSINGS THE LONG ROAD HOME     ONCE IN A LIFEME THE GHOST     A PERFECT STRANGER SPECIAL DELIVERY     REMEMBRANCE THE RANCH     PALOMINO SILENT HONOR     LOVE: POEMS MALICE     THE RING FIVE DAYS IN PARIS     LOVING LIGHTNING     TO LOVE AGAIN WINGS     SUMMER'S END THE GIFT     SEASON OF PASSION ACCIDENT     THE PROMISE VANISHED     NOW AND FOREVER MIXED BLESSINGS     PASSION'S PROMISE JEWELS     GOING HOME Visit the Danielle Steel Web site at:

www.daniellesteel.comDELL PUBLISHING

To Popeye,

My first real love,

May life smile on you and

bless you forever.

With all my love,

Olive

Chapter 1

The voices droned around the conference room as Alexandra Parker stretched long legs beneath the huge mahogany table. She jotted a note on a yellow legal pad, and glanced across the table briefly at one of her partners. Matthew Billings was older than Alex by a dozen years, he was in his mid-fifties, and one of the firm's most respected partners. He rarely asked for help from anyone, but it was not unusual for him to ask Alex to sit in on a deposition. He liked to pick her brain, admired her style, her sharp eye for the opponent's fatal weakness. And Alex was merciless and brilliant once she found it. She seemed to have an instinctive sense for where the point of the dagger would do the most damage.

She smiled at him now, and he liked what he saw in her eyes. She had heard just what they needed. A different answer from the time before. The very merest inflection. She slipped him a note on her yellow pad, and with a serious frown, he nodded.

The case was an extraordinarily complicated one, and had already been in process for years. It had been to the New York Supreme Court twice, with various motions, and involved the careless dispersal of highly toxic chemical pollutants by one of the most important corporations in the country. Alex had sat in on these depositions for Matt before. And she was always glad that this particular case wasn't her problem. The suit was being brought collectively by some two hundred families in Poughkeepsie, and represented millions of dollars. The case had been referred to Bartlett and Paskin years before, just after she had become a partner.

She liked her cases tougher, shorter, and smaller. Two hundred plaintiffs were not her cup of tea, although more than a dozen attorneys had worked on it, under Matthew's direction. Alexandra Parker was a litigation attorney too, and she handled an interesting assortment of difficult cases. She was the firm's first choice when the fight was going to be hard and dirty, and you needed an attorney who knew case law and was willing to spend a million hours doing meticulous research. She had associates and younger partners to help her of course, but Alex wanted to do as much of the work as she could herself, and she had a remarkable rapport with most of her clients.

Her real forte was labor law and libel. And she did a fair amount of litigation in both fields, though certainly, a lot of cases were settled. But Alex Parker was a fighter, a lawyer's lawyer, someone who knew her stuff and wasn't afraid of hard work. In fact, she loved it.

They broke from the deposition for a recess, and Matthew came around the table to talk to her after the defendant from the chemical company left the room with all his attorneys.

“So what do you think?” Matthew eyed her with interest. He had always had a soft spot for her. She had a fine mind and great skill as an attorney. Besides which, she was one of the best-looking women he knew, and he liked just being around her. She was solid, she was smart, she knew the law, and she had great intuition.

“I think you just got what you wanted, Matt. When he said that no one knew back then of the possible toxic effects of their materials, he was lying. That's the first time they've come right out and said it. We have the government reports from six months before that.”

“I know.” He beamed. “He walked right into it, didn't he?”

“He sure did. You don't need me here. You've got him.” She dropped her legal pad into her briefcase, and glanced at her watch. It was eleven-thirty. They'd break for lunch in another half hour. But if she left now, she could get a little more work done.

“Thanks for coming in. It's always nice having you around. You look so innocent, you throw them off-guard. While he's staring at your legs, I can throw the net over him and grab him.” He liked teasing her and she knew it. Matthew Billings was tall and attractive, with a full head of white hair, and a beautiful French wife who had been a fashion model in Paris. Matthew Billings liked pretty women, but he also respected talented and smart ones.

“Thanks a lot.” She looked ruefully at him, her red hair pulled back in a severe bun, her face so lightly made up you could hardly see it, and her black suit in sharp contrast to the vivid natural colors of her red hair and green eyes. She was a striking woman. “Just what I went to law school for, to become a decoy.”

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