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Matera, Lia

Overview
Works: 32 works in 138 publications in 5 languages and 5,918 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Short stories  Legal fiction (Literature)  True crime stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS648.D4, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Lia Matera
Havana twist : a Willa Jansson mystery by Lia Matera( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and German and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

San Francisco lawyer Willa Jansson becomes involved with spies, smugglers, and a jailed poet as she searches Havana for her missing mother. The mother failed to return from a goodwill visit to Cuba, which she made with a group of women
Last chants : a Willa Jansson mystery by Lia Matera( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lawyer Willa Jansson, the wisecracking sleuth, stages a phony kidnaping with herself in the role of hostage to permit a falsely accused friend to escape from police. But now they have to evade the real killer
Designer crimes : a Laura Di Palma mystery by Lia Matera( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lawyer Laura Di Palma investigates an unusual vigilante operation in San Francisco. Employees unable to obtain recourse through regular channels can seek redress from "designer crimes," the punishment tailored to fit the offending employer
Star witness : a Willa Jansson mystery by Lia Matera( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In San Francisco, lawyer Willa Jansson undertakes to defend a man who claims, not he but spacemen crashed his car into another, killing the driver. The man's explanation stops being a joke when a hitchhiker corroborates the presence of a UFO
Prior convictions by Lia Matera( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Japanese and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Willa Jansson is a cynical ex-radical who worked in an L.A. corporate law firm for a year and has the scars to prove it. Back home in San Francisco, her still activist parents ask her to do a favor for an ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend. And she quickly becomes embroiled in a case of conflicting interests, slow-dying passions, and political grudges that can kill
The good fight : a Laura DiPalma mystery by Lia Matera( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Face value : a Laura Di Palma mystery by Lia Matera( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

San Francisco lawyer Laura Di Palma takes on the case of a woman who has been victimized by a guru named Brother Mike
A hard bargain by Lia Matera( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irreconcilable differences by Lia Matera( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories on personal violence. The protagonists are mainly spouses settling scores, but one story, Joyce Carol Oates' Tusk, features a revengeful boy in school, armed with a knife
Where lawyers fear to tread by Lia Matera( Book )

15 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overworked, overcaffeinated, and as cranky as a sequestered jury, Willa Jansson has a law review to get out. As second in command to the brilliant Susan Green, the ideal law student and perfect editor, Willa's rank jumps up a step when Susan's head is bashed in over a brief at the law review office. Everyone at Malhousie, the small San Francisco law school, is stunned by the crime - including professors and the staff at the review. And none of them are above suspicion. Willa, now in charge and none too happy about it, launches a private investigation that succeeds not only in compromising her honor, but getting her arrested, as she chases one blind lead after another and comes face-to-face with the banality of evil
Havana twist by Lia Matera( Recording )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hoping to find her mother and risking her career, Willa Jansson travels to communist-ridden Cuba and from there follows her mother to Mexico and back to Havana again
Hidden agenda by Lia Matera( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Willa Jansson has always thought of herself as a right-thinking left-wing lawyer. But when her radical San Francisco law firm closes after the murder of its chief rabble-rouser, she does the next worst thing and takes a job as a high-priced corporate attorney. Willa has misgivings almost immediately, as she realizes all is not calm behind the firm's stately oak doors. After all, she's been around danger before, and she can smell murder in the air. Sure enough, two partners are killed. Unfortunately, the popular misconception is that the storm is blowing in from her direction. Hassled now by the police, her parents, and office politics of the murdering kind, Willa is forced to play hardball with the big boys, before the third strike is called on her
A radical departure by Lia Matera( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in 4 languages and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Working for a fat-cat San Francsico law firm, Willa Jansson thought she'd seen everything. Then her boss dies from hemlock poisoning. Things go from awful to outrageous when Willa's rad-lib mother, a former client of the deceased, is suspiciously named in his will to inherit his fantastic home in the hills. By now Willa is frantic to discover what's going on around her. Poking into the recent past and the apolitical present, she fishes out an old boyfriend she'd rather forget, a cop she hates on principle, and a famous law firm that can barely make ends meet. It's a pretty good catch for a first-year associate--considering that, in the meantime, someone is trying to kill her
Counsel for the defense and other stories by Lia Matera( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In her brief introduction to this nine-story retrospective, the chronicler of upscale attorney Laura Di Palma and struggling-scale attorney Willa Janssen explains that several of them began life as full-fledged novels, and it shows. "Dream Lawyer," which pits Willa against a just-offstage Laura; "Easy Go," about a disbarred lawyer struggling to earn a second chance at respectability; and, best of all, the title story, which drags a divorcee into defending her husband for killing his second wife-each of them has enough surprises, and enough warmth, to sustain half a dozen lesser efforts. And Matera, editor most recently of Irreconcilable Differences (1999), obligingly supplies several lesser efforts so you can compare. "Performance Crime" is a silly tale of cereal murder and other pun-addled felonies that shows its gifted author marking time, and "Do Not Resuscitate" is the sort of ironic etude you've read a hundred times before. "The River Mouth" (a troubled romantic pair from the city meets a Yurok woman who tells them more about themselves than they wanted to know) and "If It Can't Be True" (a terrorist's demand for his sister to be released from a mental institution goes fatally awry) are both more successful as atmospheric sketches than achieved stories. Of all the non-attorney exhibits in evidence here, only "Destroying Angel" (a fungus expert meets her match in some lethal mushrooms) stacks up to the stories about the criminal bar. Still, as the Shamus-winning "Dead Drunk" (who's pouring water over homeless men who end up literally frozen?) shows, when you do wantalawyer, you can't do better than Matera
The smart money by Lia Matera( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laura Di Palma finally has it made. Eleven years ago, she ran from a broken marriage and her small northern California town in search of fame and fortune. As the smartest and most controversial young defense attorney in her high-class law firm, she found it. But she's got an old grudge back home that she can't let die. So she's moving back to ruin her ex-husband's career by taking the job he wants as public defender - just long enough to make him squirm. Once she evens up the score, Laura can go back to her big city life. Unfortunately, a few things get in the way, including two murders, a crazed killer on the loose, old wounds that haven't healed, and a forgotten feeling that Laura is almost afraid to name .
Star witness by Lia Matera( Recording )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Willa Jansson is horrified to learn her new client, up on charges of vehicular manslaughter, claims he was kidnapped by aliens and has no memory of the fatal hit-and-run crash
Last chants by Lia Matera( Recording )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Willa Jansson gets herself in trouble when she helps her friend Arthur, a mythology professor, evade arrest. Arthur's assistant, it seems, a Kwakiutl shaman, has been murdered. The pair hide out until the real killer appears
Facelifting by Lia Matera( Book )

2 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in German and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designermorde : Kriminalroman by Lia Matera( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harte Bandagen ein Laura-Di-Palma-Kriminalroman by Lia Matera( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Last chants : a Willa Jansson mystery
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マテラ, ライア

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