J.D. Scrbacek has just won the biggest trial of his career, but even as he crows to the press, his entire life blows sky-high. Was the bomb meant for him, or for his mobster client? In this seaside casino town where the tables run hot and the tensions run high, the odds say the attorney is a marked man.Read more...
J.D. Scrbacek has just won the biggest trial of his career, but even as he crows to the press, his entire life blows sky-high. Was the bomb meant for him, or for his mobster client? In this seaside casino town where the tables run hot and the tensions run high, the odds say the attorney is a marked man.
Alone and on the run, Scrbacek flees into the city's forgotten underbelly, a ruined corridor called Crapstown, where he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past, his present, and his future. Somewhere in the sordid stream of his own existence lie the answers he needs. But in order to emerge from the depths of Crapstown, Scrbacek must argue for his life before a jury of the forgotten and the damned. Is he lawyer enough to save his own skin?
From the bestselling author of The Barkeep comes a raucous tale of reckoning, racketeering, and revenge.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-03-07
- Reviewer: Staff
Set in an unnamed “old shore town on the eastern coast,” this thought-provoking dystopian thriller from Edgar-finalist Lashner (Guaranteed Heroes) pits defense lawyer J.D. Scrbacek against unseen and unknown enemies out to destroy him. Despite the evidence against brutal killer Caleb Breest, Scrbacek successfully defends Breest in court. Following the verdict, Scrbacek’s parked car is blown up, killing legal intern Ethan Brummel, and Scrbacek finds himself at the beginning of a four-night run for survival. Scrbacek, who doesn’t know why he’s being hunted, tries to figure out who’s after him. Possible foes include Joey Torresdale, Breest’s number-two man, and Trent Fallow, a PI recommended by Torresdale. When Scrbacek is wounded in an attack that destroys his office, he flees to the rundown neighborhood known as Crapstown, where he meets a number of seedy characters who distrust him. Lashner melds a nightmarish vision of a city riven by greed and poverty with serious discussions of criminal law and its practice and its corruption. Agent: Wendy Sherman, Wendy Sherman Associates. (May)