Roland S. Jefferson's "One Night Stand" (Atria, $24), a sexy, action-packed thriller set on the streets and in the courthouses of Los Angeles, is a mix of contemporary urban authenticity and classic old-school crime fiction.
How did a street hustler, in and out of jail since he was 10, beat a murder rap — no matter whether he did the crime or not? Meet Myra Cross, a 31-year-old redheaded beauty with a take-no-prisoners reputation as a public defender. She confounds her colleagues and clients alike as she not only wins acquittal after acquittal for her clients, but poses for Playboy spreads in her spare time.
She has the face of an angel, the body of a goddess and a mind like a steel trap — but with secrets and demons, she neither pretends to be a Girl Scout nor to have all the answers. But this time, when she's once again assigned the defense of Napoleon T. Booker — a.k.a. Little Dog Nine — who's charged with another homicide, she gets much more than she bargained for.