A 14-year-old boy is stabbed to death in the park near his middle school in an upper-class Boston suburb, and Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber takes the case, despite the fact that his son, Jacob, was a classmate of the victim. But when the bloody fingerprint on the victim’s clothes turns out to be Jacob’s, Barber is off the case and out of his office, devoting himself solely to defending his son. Even Barber’s never-before-disclosed heritage as the son and grandson of violent men who killed becomes potential courtroom fodder, raising the question of a “murder gene.” Within the structure of a grand jury hearing a year after the murder, Landay gradually increases apprehension.
Once you start, there’s no escaping this dark and twisted read. The flawed characters, the corrupt small-town setting, the enigmatic twists and that ending will be more than adequate for any suspense reader. Most surprising of all is the ending. The underlying truth is even more warped than any of the theories that will be swimming around in your brain.
This book has high-pitched action throughout. The tough-guy lawyer Benn Bluestone searches for big-time drug dealers to help extradite them from Columbia and elsewhere to the US where they can rollover on their confederates in trade for reduced, if any, sentences. They pay him well for his extralegal services.
Benn, hoping to escape the pressure of that business, tries for three big scores that will set him up with enough money for a lifetime of the exorbitant lifestyle to which he’s accustomed. But these three drug dealers appear to have a connection with a very powerful person, “Sombra”, whom Benn tries to track down, much to his peril. Adding to that, a US federal prosecutor Kandice (Kandi) Kauffman is out to nail him, illegally when required.
Elizabeth, a journalist, is sent to a small TV station when her marriage to an executive falls apart. Sherman, Wyoming turns out to have a few mysteries and some handsome men to help her solve the cases.
This has been an great series. Suspense, kidnapping, murder all in three books. A young high school girl has been kidnapped and it brings her older sister back to a place she never wanted to return to. Thinking the police are not doing enough to find Holly, Bridget takes it upon herself to do so. This is the last book in the series and the end of the line for the man who ruined Bridget’s life and tried to kill her sister. Well worth reading.