Leo Maxwell is the fictional creation of US author Lachlan Smith. Here is how Lachlan describes his lead character:
What Leo lacks in judgment he makes up for in perseverence and loyalty,
qualities that I hope readers find admirable. Also, no matter how
cynical he may become once he begins to shed his naivete, he never stops
seeking the best approximation of justice he can achieve in a murky and
The first novel, Bear is Broken (M) is described by Booklist as "a superior blend of amateur-detective mystery and belated-coming-of-age novel cunningly masked as a legal thriller."
The sequel Lion Plays Rough (M) has just been released.
"At the start of Smith's tight second Leo Maxwell mystery, the young Oakland, Calif., attorney receives a collect
call from Santa Rita Jail. The man on the other end introduces himself
as Jamil Robinson and, because he feels it unsafe to talk over the
phone, sends his sister, Lavinia Martin, to speak with Leo in person.
Lavinia claims that the Oakland police have framed Jamil. Despite his
suspicions about the story, Leo goes to the DA with evidence that points
to police corruption, only to discover he's been set up-the real Jamil
has not only never heard of Leo but does not have a living sister. As
Leo continues to pursue the truth, he puts his life at risk and
discovers a trail of crooked police activity that leads disturbingly
close to home. This finely paced mystery is full of intelligent plot
twists and should appeal to any fan of good writing" - Publisher Weekly