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Book Review: My Name Is Molly

By Beth Smith

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My Name Is Molly

By Barbara C. Sattler
CreateSpace (2017)

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Molly O’Rourke has taken quite a fall, from a lucrative civil practice with a top firm to defending criminals as a public defender. The recession is allegedly the culprit, but that excuse fades as she also loses her fiancé and her apartment in quick succession. After years of living a sheltered and privileged life, Molly is suddenly immersed in the ice water of reality: a “joke” of an office, complicated clients, unpredictable colleagues, and the terrors and joys of the courtroom. Along the way she learns why many of her fellow defenders never considered another line of work.

This is Barbara Sattler’s third novel, and as a 25-year veteran of criminal law, both before and behind the bench, her voice is authoritative and authentic. She capably shows how the chaotic lives of public defenders are woven into a tapestry of camaraderie and empathy that keeps them coming back for more.

As with Sattler’s othe

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