The Mental Case by John Ellsworth

The Mental Case is a novel about a man and his money and his mind. Ansel Largent has been a founder and managing partner of a large Chicago law firm. He is respected. Ferocious in the courtroom but a winner with the jury. Happy at home with wife Libby, a stroke victim. Happy at the office with Melinda, a married woman with a special interest in him. Then Melinda is found murdered and Libby disappears. Overnight, Ansel’s trust account is embezzled. Two-hundred-million dollars of client money has vanished. Charges are filed against Ansel and he goes to trial. His sanity is an issue in the case. Here is a man man whose plastic character changes, comes and goes, like the proverbial will-o-the-wisp.