For state prosecutor Bradlee Aames, psychosis is a fact of life, a waking nightmare from which modern medicine’s soulless jargon and mind-numbing meds have offered little relief. Bradlee stays focused by winning trial after trial, even while she’s self-medicating with booze, dope, and midnight surfing sessions at a classic LA point break. But when a thick fog of delusions engulfs her, she blows a case, and her reputation and competence are called into question. To rehabilitate her career, her boss gives her an easy assignment: Dr. Don, a popular TV shrink and former state Medical Board expert, now stands accused of sexually exploiting a vulnerable female patient, yet the broken woman won’t testify. If Bradlee can settle the matter quietly, the board, avoiding further embarrassment, will be pleased. But Bradlee Aames doesn’t do things the easy waynot when a predator like Dr. Don is primed to debase more helpless women.
Illusive LA is the gritty, sun-blasted setting for He Said, She Said, a thrilling story of trust, betrayal, truth, and deception. Told from multiple perspectives, it affords the reader a front-row seat to a tense legal battle while exploring the many human consequences of power and corruption.
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John DeCure was a deputy trial counsel with the State Bar of California from 1993 to 1998. He is the author of Bluebird Rising and Reef Dance. He Said, She Said is his third book. He lives and surfs in Los Angeles, California, where he was born and raised.
"DeCure takes plenty of whacks at the California legal system and its overseers within the profession and in the state legislature, but reserves the most venom for those who abuse the system at the expense of their clients."—Publishers Weekly
"Throw your preconceptions and expectations about legal thrillers out the window. John DeCure’s He Said, She Said will pick you up, shake you around, and knock you on your can." —Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of Where It Hurts
"John DeCure writes with unmistakable authority about the strengths, failings and compromises of our legal justice system—not to mention the escapist allure of surfing, and the dark underbelly of the human psyche." —Kem Nunn, author of Chance and Tapping the Source
Praise for John DeCure’s previous novel: “[Reef Dance] mesmerizes with details of life in the trenches—in the courtroom and on the surfboard. It takes an insider’s knowledge of both places to build the kind of characters that populate this novel. It’s a winner. So is DeCure.” —Michael Connelly, author of the New York Times bestselling Harry Bosch series