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About the Book
Why would political wingman Woody Cole shoot a U.S. senator in cold blood on live television? That’s the mystery facing attorney Jack Patterson as he returns to Little Rock, Arkansas, a town he swore he’d never set foot in again.
When Men Betray is the first book of fiction from author, lecturer, and political insider Webb Hubbell. A departure from Friends in High Places, his previously-published account of his road to Bill Clinton’s White House, Hubbell crafts a deft narrative of mystery and political intrigue. Clever readers may recognize the colorful personalities and locales of the Arkansas political scene.
Early praise for When Men Betray:
"When Men Betray is a delightful page-turner crime/mystery that captivates the reader from the first page, with wonderfully detailed descriptions that made me feel I was in Little Rock, [and] several subplots that eventually intersect to disclose a terrible secret from the past. I could hardly put the book down. For those of us who know the author, it is clear he drew liberally from his own fascinating life."
— R. Keith Stroup, Esq., founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
“John Grisham, move over—the legal thriller has a new master! When Men Betray is the real thing, a gripping, literate thriller from an author who knows the courthouse from the reporters scrambling on its front steps, to the drama of the witness box, to the tightrope of the judge’s chambers. Breath-stopping action, romance, and suspense rush forward to a climactic ending that will keep the sharpest readers guessing.”
— Steven Spruill, author of Ice Men
“Over the course of a week and a half, D.C. lawyer Jack Patterson takes us on a rousing journey into murder and antitrust violations. How author Webb Hubbell manages to combine these two divergent sides of the law is masterful, as only a top antitrust attorney and connoisseur of the justice system, from inside and out, could make it. This page-turner is about friendship, family, race relations, and it delves deeply—and cynically—into the behavior of politicians, lawyers, judges, and prisoners. “Forget presumption of innocence,” says Patterson. “Law enforcement loves for the defendant to look as guilty as possible at first impression, parading him in front of the press handcuffed and shackled.” A brilliant read.
— Anne Harding Woodworth, author of The Artemis Sonnets, Etc.