Michael

Avery


As a civil rights lawyer, Mike Avery spent over forty years representing the victims of police abuse and racial and sexual discrimination. In criminal cases, he defended people charged with everything from peaceful protesting to murder. He knows the law and the people who break it, including those who are supposed to enforce it. As one of the leaders of a team of attorneys representing four innocent men framed for murder, he obtained the largest judgment ever against the FBI for illegal actions by agents. Politically active as well, he has served as the President of the National Lawyers Guild, and the National Police Accountability Project. 

Avery has written several books and articles about law and politics. Most recently, he co-authored The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School and spent a year as an exchange student in the former Soviet Union at the University of Moscow. After retiring as a professor of law at Suffolk University in Boston, he obtained a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College. He now makes his home in New Orleans. The Cooperating Witness is his first novel.

The Cooperating Witness

Suffolk Law student Susan Sorella is tending tables at her father’s restaurant in Boston’s North End when the head of the local mob pays her a surprise visit. What he tells her sends her on a mission to save an innocent man accused of gunning
down the mob’s accountant.

Susan’s also an intern for Bobby Coughlin, a burned-out defense attorney who cops his clients out faster than they can sign his retainer agreement. The judge, having dropped the accused trigger man in Bobby’s lap, is pushing for a quick guilty
plea. Bobby wants to supply it before he has a nervous breakdown.

Susan has to battle Bobby’s fear of failure, his sexism, the State’s Attorney, crooked FBI agents, their homicidal informants, and a cooperating witness to get to the truth. She’s not a lawyer yet, but with her knack for digging up evidence and
the wise guys on her side, can she get to the truth before an innocent man goes to jail?