Defense lawyer Marty Nickerson struggles with her ethics throughout two cases, one involving a US senator suspected in the disappearance of a female staffer and a second client who is on trial for the murder of a priest in this courtroom thriller by the award-winning author of Maximum Security.
What does a lawyer do when she discovers her client may be a liar, or worse?
Charles Kendrick, the senior United States senator from Massachusetts, has been named a person of interest in connection with the disappearance of his twenty-five-year-old spokesperson, Michelle Forrester. Represented by Attorney Marty Nickerson, Kendrick incriminates himself as Nickerson soon finds that parts of his story don’t check out.
Meanwhile, Marty and her law partner-turned-lover, Harry Madigan, work together to Derrick Holliston, an ex-con accused of murdering a local priest on Christmas Eve. Derrick admits to the killing, but claims it was done in self-defense…
One the day Derrick’s trial begins, Michelle Forrester’s body is found, leaving Marty and Harry with two mounting legal battles and two clients whose stories don’t make sense. Together they must confront the law in all its maddening complexity, battling for—or maybe against—their own cagey clients in order to see that justice is undoubtedly served.
“Excellent, fast-moving courtroom drama headed by a plucky, energetic heroine.” –Publishers Weekly
Rose Connors, whose debut novel, Absolute Certainty, won the Mary Higgins Clark Award, grew up in Philadelphia and received her law degree from Duke in 1984. A trial attorney for eighteen years, she's had experience from the prosecutorial and defense sides of the courtroom, and has exasperated any number of judges in both capacities. She is admitted to practice in both Washington State and Massachusetts and lives with her family on Cape Cod, where she is at work on the next Marty Nickerson novel.