On Trial: The Borzoi Killings by Paul Batista

Posted February 26, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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On Trial: The Borzoi Killings by Paul BatistaThe Borzoi Killings by Paul Batista
Published by Oceanview Publishing on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Thrillers, Legal
Pages: 260
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher/Agent
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 When the 10th richest man in the world is brutally murdered—along with his prized Borzoi dogs in a luxurious East Hampton beach house—only one man is suspected of committing the crime: Juan Suarez, a handsome, charismatic, and illegal Mexican immigrant who worked for the victim. Now, renowned trail lawyer Raquel Rematti must take on the defense of the man the media has dubbed “The Blade of the Hamptons.” Not only must she take on one of the wealthiest families in the country, she must also protect Suarez and herself from ruthless people bent on lethal revenge—all while straddling the dangerous line between concerned involvement and forbidden passion for her client. Set in one of the most exclusive resorts in the world, The Borzoi Killings mixes all the twists of a sensational trial with all the “dirty little secrets” of the elite Hampton socialite lifestyles—from lavish parties, drugs and sex, to corruption and dangerous secret cartels.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The author has never asked me or tried to influence me for a positive review, nor have I promised one.

My Impressions:

This book wasn’t necessarily fast paced but it did grab my attention. It didn’t end exactly how I expected although I wasn’t too surprised.


The story starts with the brutal murder of a man and his 2 dogs. Then the story jumps into getting to know the victim and the suspect. By the time the suspect is arrested, you know something about him and you kind of want to be on his side. However, there is just enough information about him to make you suspicious of him. There is enough to make you suspicious of the wife as well. Through the story, there are are other issues of cover ups and dirty cops.


Honestly it was sad that I knew that Brad would die since that’s how the story started. He was a really nice man and helped anyone he could. He had his secret life but he isn’t the only one in this story to have one. Batista does a great job of letting you know his characters although not all of them. For example, I would have wanted to know a little about Theresa Bui View Spoiler ».

Juan was one of those suspects which you know you’re suppose to side with but at the same time you just can’t completely trust him.

Joan, Brad’s wife was just an overall horrible person, as a woman. I couldn’t feel sorry for her at all. In fact she is one of the characters you didn’t really get a feel for about her motives.

Honestly, I think Raquel is the most all-around likable character and she is the main protagonist. You really get to be on her side for more than just winning the case, however, I wish you got a more emotional response to View Spoiler ». It felt like it didn’t even really happen.


The writing was very good. It felt like reading a book of teasers. Actually it felt like watching a movie where sometimes you don’t get enough information to put everything together on your own.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s been a while since I read a book with a trial and it was a refreshing change from what I’ve been reading for a while.

About the Author:

Paul Batista, novelist and television personality, is one of the most widely known trial lawyers in the USA. As a trial attorney, he specializes in federal criminal litigation. As a media figure, he is known for his regular appearances as guest legal commentator on a variety of television shows on Court TV, CNN, HLN, and WNBC. He also appeared in the HBO movie, You Don’t Know Jack, starring Al Pacino. A prolific writer, he authored the leading treatise on the primary federal anti-racketeering statute, Civil RICO Practice Manual, which is now in its third edition (Wiley & Sons, 1987; Wolters Kluwer, 2008). He has written articles for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the National Law Journal. His debut novel, Death’s Witness, was awarded a Silver Medal by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Batista is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Cornell Law School. He’s proud to have served in the United States Army. [Source: Amazon]

The Verdict:

Highly Recommended

Rating Report
Overall: 4.5

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