Immaturity, simmering anger, and years of therapy – budding defense attorney, Benjamin Scales owes it all to his mother.
She dragged him through hell while clawing her way to the top of the sexist, male-dominated legal profession, sacrificing everything to build a life for herself and her son – a bizarre and broken life, but a life. Under her ferocious veneer, Carter Scales is a shattered and lonely woman.
They haven’t spoken in years, but when she is caught in flagrante delicto with her star client, the leader of the notorious Salucci Crime Family, Carter turns to the one person she thinks should always have her back.
But why should he help her?
Son of a Bitch explores the peril of a parent / child relationship amidst the crazy world of criminal defense. At times it’s gut-busting funny, other times it’s biting and a tad raunchy. It’s also shocking and sad. Most importantly, though, it’s about second chances. It’s a tale of motherhood and manhood, forgiveness and redemption, and a mother’s hope that her little boy, now a man, will close his eyes to the past and open his heart to the future.
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Jason B. Sheffield is a practicing criminal defense trial attorney based out of Atlanta, Georgia where he has defended clients in state and federal courtrooms across the country. Jason feels a great responsibility to anyone accused by the government of committing a crime and stands fearlessly to defend the rights of citizens against over-reaching government officials. Jason also teaches at Emory University’s College of Law as an adjunct professor and recently was invited by the US Embassy in the Republic of Georgia (formerly part of the Soviet Union) to teach jury trial techniques to criminal defense attorneys there now that their constitution had been amended to provide its citizens jury trials.
Prior to becoming an attorney in 2005, Jason had been acting and writing in Atlanta for 7 years, while working as an emergency medical technician at Scottish Rite Children’s Emergency Room.
Jason’s passion for law, teaching and storytelling is second only to his love of his family.
Son of a Bitch is really the culmination of a promise Jason made to himself 31 years ago when he was 12-years-old growing up with his “say-anything, do-anything” mother, who is also one kick-ass criminal attorney, after experiencing yet another ridiculous, jaw-dropping moment with her. (The life of a criminal defense attorney is no joke, and back then in the late 70s and early 80s it was even wilder, especially for women.) He remembers staring at himself in the mirror, thinking, One day I’m going to write a book about this shit. Well, that day has come.