The Other Side Of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon

The Other Side Of Midnight
The Other Side of Midnight is a novel by American writer Sidney Sheldon published in 1973. The book reached No.1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. It was made into a 1977 motion picture of the same name, directed by Charles Jarrott. The cast included Marie-France Pisier, John Beck, Susan Sarandon, Christian Marquand and Josette Banzet. In Japan, it was adapted and broadcast as a radio drama, with a soundtrack by Yoko Kanno andMaaya Sakamoto.

From the book

building hi the poor Monastiraki section of the
was an intense young man, eager and am-struggling
to make a living from his chosen
Because he could not afford an assistant, he
was forced to do all the tedious background legal
himself. Ordinarily he hated this part of his
work, but this time he did not mind because he knew
that if he won this case his services would be in such
demand that he would never have to worry again for
the rest of his life. He and Elena could be married and
begin to raise a family. He would move into a suite of
luxurious offices, hire law clerks and join a fashionable
club like the Aihenee Lesky, where one met affluent
potential clients. The metamorphosis had already begun.
Every time Frederick Stavros walked out into the
streets of Athens, he was recognized and stopped by
someone who had seen his picture in the newspaper. In
a few s$ort weeks he had jumped from anonymity to
the attorney who was defending Larry Douglas. In the
privacy of his soul Stavros admitted to himself that he
had the wrong client. He would have preferred to be
defending the glamorous Noel Page instead of a
nonentity like Larry Douglas, but he himself was a
nonentity. It was enough that he, Frederick Stavros,
was a major participant in the most sensational murder
case of the century. If the accused were acquitted,
there would be enough glory for everyone. There was
only one thing that plagued Stavros, and he thought
about it constantly. Both defendants were charged with
the same crime, but another attorney was defending
Noelle Page. If Noelle Page was found innocent, and
Larry Douglas was convicted . . . Stavros shuddered
and tried not to think about it. The reporters kept
asking him whether he thought the defendants were
guilty. He smiled to himself at their naïveté. What did
it matter whether they were guilty or innocent? They
were entitled to the best legal defense that money could
buy. In his case he admitted that the definition wasd
stretched a bit But in the case of Noelle Page's lawyer
... ah, that was something else again. Napoleon Choas
had undertaken her defense, and them was no mote
brilliant criminal lawyer in the world. Chotas. bad
lost an important ease. As he thought about that,
derick Stavros smiled to himself. He would not
; admitted it to anyone, but he was planning to ride
> victory on Napoleon Chotas' talent

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