Someone close to Nick Davis is murdered. Investigators see it as either a case of mistaken identity or the work of a jealous fiance. As a federal prosecutor, Nick tries shepherding the case to a swift conclusion, but it keeps slipping away.
Meanwhile, Nick's relationship with his wife, Tina, hangs by the thinnest of threads. She is also a lawyer, working to vindicate a young man convicted of killing a child eight years previously. When old DNA evidence is uncovered in the murder case, its analysis hurls Nick's universe into upheaval--his most basic assumptions about his life, the law, and the people he loves most are thrown into question.
"Compelling" with "language that sings," Lee Goodman's latest novel is a truly "outstanding" page-turner (William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author).
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-01
- Reviewer: Staff
At the start of Goodman's twisty second legal thriller featuring federal prosecutor Nick Davis (after 2014's Indefensible), Davis looks back on a more tranquil time, before "the very incarnation of evil and misery had burrowed its way into the heart of my job and family.” Months earlier, a Fourth of July picnic with his extended family didn't go as planned. A loved one was gunned down near the city park where the gathering was to take place, propelling Davis into a murder investigation. Initial indications that the killing was a random act of violence are soon supplanted by suspicions that the truth lies closer to home. Meanwhile, Davis is grappling with a major public corruption case involving a mining-services contractor accused of bribing politicians to defeat tax legislation that would threaten its business. Goodman does a fine job of setting up readers' expectations only to confound them, and he populates the story line with fully developed personalities. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (Sept.)