A riveting new legal thriller from the bestselling author of My Sister s Grave .
In San Francisco s seamy Tenderloin district, a teenage street hustler has been murdered in a shelter for boys. And the dedicated priest who runs the struggling home stands accused.Read more...
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A riveting new legal thriller from the bestselling author of My Sister s Grave.
In San Francisco s seamy Tenderloin district, a teenage street hustler has been murdered in a shelter for boys. And the dedicated priest who runs the struggling home stands accused. But despite damning evidence that he s a killer and worse Father Thomas Martin stands by his innocence. And attorney Peter Donley stands with him.
For three years Donley has cut his legal teeth in his uncle s tiny, no-frills firm, where people come before profits. Just as Donley is poised to move on to a lucrative dream job, the shocking case lands in his lap, and he must put his future on hold while putting his courtroom skills to the test. But a ruthless DA seeking headlines and a brutal homicide cop bent on vengeance have their own agendas. Now, as he unearths the dirty secrets surrounding the case, Donley must risk his neck to save his client s life and expose the face of true evil."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-01
- Reviewer: Staff
Set in 1987, this workmanlike legal thriller from Thriller Award–finalist Dugoni (Damage Control) pits inexperienced trial lawyer Peter Donley against the eager prosecutorial team of San Francisco DA Gil Ramsey and Ramsey’s chief prosecutor, Linda St. Claire. On trial is Fr. Thomas Martin, who’s accused of fatally stabbing Andrew Bennet, one of the homeless teenage boys his shelter was supposed to protect. Since Donley’s uncle and boss, Lou Giantelli, is sidelined by a heart attack, Donley steps into the breach. Dixon Connor, a corrupt police detective, has stacked the evidence against Martin, and the likable, persistent Donley has to play for time in the courtroom while he and PI Frank Ross try to learn what really happened. In the process, they uncover a sex scandal, political corruption, and the tracks of the utterly ruthless Connor. Donley’s memories of his abusive father add emotional depth, but genre fans will find nothing new or particularly surprising. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Sept.)