Plea of Insanity

Plea of Insanity

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The prosecutor—Julia Vacanti. Young, ambitious, and facing a case that could launch her career. The defendant—David Marquette. A successful Miami surgeon and devoted family man. The victims—Marquette’s own wife and three small children. The plea—not guilty by reason of insanity. The perfect father and model husband, David Marquette seemingly just snapped one night. Or did he? His experienced defense team claims paranoid delusions caused by schizophrenia drove him to slaughter his entire family.

But the state suspects Marquette’s insanity defense is being fabricated to disguise murders that were cold-blooded and calculated. If convicted, Marquette faces the death penalty. If found insane, he would walk free. To bring a killer to justice, Julia will have to journey into the mind of madness herself, embarking on a terrifying journey back into her own past—something she has struggled with for fifteen years. And this will lead her to confront a future so chilling, she’s not sure she will ever be able to face it…

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ISBN-13: 9781593155735
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Jilliane Hoffman began her professional career as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting felonies in Florida, with special assignments to the Domestic Violence Unit and the Legal Extradition Unit. She has advised more than one hundred special agents on criminal and civil matters in complex investigations involving narcotics, homicide, and organized crime.

Her novels include the bestselling Retribution, Last Witness, The Cutting Room, Plea of Insanity, and Pretty Little Things. Originally from Long Island, New York, she presently resides in South Florida with her husband and two children.

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"[A] gripping legal thriller." —-Publishers Weekly

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Plea of Insanity 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very well researched! cant wait to read her other books.
cewilch More than 1 year ago
. . and provided the reader with a taunt legal thriller. The author's attention to detail regarding schizophrenia and her sensitivity towards it is unlike most writers treatment of the subject in a courtroom drama. This reader has a family member who has suffered from schizophrenia most of her adult life. I wept during the passage between Julia and the priest handing her brother's funeral. The plot was tighter in this book than her last one and it renews my faith in this writer. Good job!
suballa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a quiet section of Coral gables, Florida, in a neighborhood of stately homes, a terrible crime has been committed. Someone has brutally murdered a young mother and her three small children. The prime suspect is also at the scene, with the murder weapon still imbedded in his stomach. He is still alive, though barely. He is Dr. David Marquette, the husband and father of the slaughtered family. Julia Vacanti is a young Assistant State Attorney in Miami. She is a ¿B¿ prosecutor, usually assigned to second degree felonies. It is no wonder that everyone, including Julia, is surprised when she is asked to second seat the murder prosecution of Dr. Marquette. The Assistant Division Chief of Major Crimes, Rick Bellido, has asked for her personally. Julia can only hope that the request came because of her prosecution record, not because she and Rick are sleeping together. This is the type of case that can make or break a career, and Julia¿s has really just started. Her aunt Nora begs her not to take the case. She feels the crime is too similar to the events that destroyed Julia¿s own family when she was a child. When Dr. Marquette¿s lawyer enters a plea of insanity on his client¿s behalf, Julia is forced to re-examine the events that led to her own family tragedy. This is a great legal thriller that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. Jilliane Hoffman is a major talent and I am looking forward to her next book, ¿Pretty Little Things¿, due out in September 2010.
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Retired_Book_Lover More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment. I finished the book, but frankly, reading a book about a silly woman who lets herself be used by an assortment of people was not what I was expecting from this author. The premise that this weepy, hysterical, foolish woman could actually give any kind of forceful opening argument in a trial court was only one of the unbelievable events in this sad little story. Just one more example of how far wrong fiction authors can go if instead of telling a story they try to sell a cause. Sadly, this almost looks like a set up for a future novel - one I would advise against wasting money on...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Jilliane Hoffman holds your interest throughout the book. Her characters are bigger than life. She offers twists and turns at every corner. I would definitely recommend reading this book!
Blakese More than 1 year ago
There was nothing to look forward to through the entire book. Of course she would stay involved with the worthless guy. Of course the case would unhinge her. Of course her brother was in the situation he was in. The woman cried the entire second half of the book. Enough already. Give me something that lets me think and gives me a reason to continue reading. This was not it. Latarroni was the only real and likeable character in this muddy mess.
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Ms Hoffman's previous books were excellent reads. The latest effort seems just that- an effort. The characters never really came "alive".
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mickeymousedl More than 1 year ago
A page turner with twists & turns along the way. Couldn't put down.
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Dilly More than 1 year ago
Julia Vacanti had been raised by her aunt and uncle from the time she was thirteen. Her brother, a schizophrenic, had killed their parents. At twenty-eight, Julia was a DA in Miami and sleeping with Rick Bellido, the big shot in the DA's office. Rick requested Julia as the back-up in the case of a doctor who was pleading insanity in the murder of his family. The author's descriptions of the murders, her interactions with her brother, and the personality clashes of the main characters, make this a book you have to race through. After reading this book, I feel that I have gained insight into a frightening illness and a new respect for the "little" people in the law.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Miami twenty-eight year old Miami assistant state attorney Julia Vacanti leads the prosecution team in the highly visible homicide case of surgeon David Marquette. The doctor stands trial in the stabbing deaths of his wife and their two older children, and in the smothering thing of their baby. The defense team admits he killed his family, but plea insanity due to schizophrenia.

While the prosecution tries to prove Marquette knew right from wrong and is just faking a mental illness to elude the death penalty, Julia thinks of her sibling Andrew Citro, who when she was a preadolescent and he a teen was convicted of killing their parents. He remains locked away in an asylum for the criminally insane in New York. Feeling the cases are similar although the prosecutor also ponders if Marquette is a clever serial killer who committed homicides long before his mass murder of his family, Julia contacts Andrew for the first time since he killed their parents.

This excellent legal thriller focuses on the title subject, but does so with a fabulous creative twist as the heroine wonders if schizophrenia is genetic. The gripping courtroom scenes are top rate, but it is the communication between the siblings for the first time in over a decade and a half that grabs the audience. The former brings legal tension and insight into the trial process; but the latter brings greater tension and insight into the fears of Julia. Jilliane Hoffman provides an excellent character driven tale with a profound look at a PLEA OF INSANITY.

Harriet Klausner