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Wednesday 20 October 2021

Review: Gotcha!

The evolution of Sam Tyler from student to professional Barrister makes a fantastic read. Her character is a powerful role model for young adults; generous-hearted, down-to-earth, inspiring, and lovable.

Clancy Tucker’s latest novel, Gotcha! the fourth book in the Kick Ass series, finds Sam on her last day at Folkestone University. Although it’s a happy time, Sam reflects on all the things she achieved and the people that supported her on her journey to who she has become.

At nearly twenty-two, Sam has completed her Bachelor of Criminal Law with Honours, and passed her Bar exam. She is very proud of her personal accomplishments and is looking forward to the next chapter of her life.

Her new job with a prestigious law firm, sees T-shirts and jeans replaced with a professional look. Her new apartment in the best part of town – a gift from her gran, promises new friends and neighbours.

Sam settles into a routine quickly and confidently but finds that juggling work and a long distance relationship with her boyfriend Mick, is no easy task. Mick’s family will make life-changing decisions concerning their farm, Karaminga, which is struggling financially due to the drought. A joyful surprise adds to the reinvention of Sam Tyler.

At work, Sam cuts her teeth on a complex case that holds many unanswered questions. It is a class action against an unscrupulous tractor company distributing through Australia and Asia.

Sharp as a tack, analytical and questioning, Sam delves deep, above and beyond normal expectations, to dig up the truth from the contradictory evidence she is given to examine.  She discovers that the law in not always adhered to, even by lawyers, and uncovers corruption in the corridors of power where manipulation is a tool used without conscience.

Determined to expose her unethical associate even after she is threatened with payback, Sam refers to her professional network; connections made during her lengthy public recovery from cancer, to confirm her line of investigation.

Although absorbed with her legal commitments, Sam finds time to teach karate to the adults and children of her diverse community. Intervening in a violent domestic dispute, and later disarming a man in a public place using her defense skills, she fulfills her personal commitment to always help others.

When her associate is taken seriously ill during a crucial time in the court proceedings, Sam must step up and take control. Determined to bring the scoundrel down, although inexperienced, can she convince the judge with her well-constructed cross-examination?

The court scenes are thrilling and well-researched. Tucker has created another riveting and detailed novel built around important social issues. As always, his characters’ voices are the conduit for his inherent belief in helping others, doing what is right, and giving people a second chance.

Title: Gotcha!
Author: Clancy Tucker
Publisher: Morris Publishing, $30. 00 (pp)
Publication Date: 1 September 2021
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780994601056
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult Fiction