A naked girl in handcuffs and a dog collar stumbles out of
the woods, collapsing at the side of the road. She's
University of Colorado coed Amy Lynch, a daughter of wealth
and privilege, who was last seen at a local bar.
What happened to Amy? And why has she been found in
handcuffs belonging to ambitious federal judge Glenn
Ballard, a man with an impeccable personal reputation?
When Amy dies before she can identify her attacker, the
charges against the judge become murder in the first degree
under circumstances of extreme indifference. Ballard could
call in some superstar lawyer to defend him. So why does he
instead choose his former law student Jackie Flowers for
this difficult, high-profile case?
Jackie's life is tough enough already. She has dyslexia and
sometimes feels like Alice in Wonderland as she fights her
daily battles in what for her is a topsy-turvy world. But
she got through law school on her wits, was tough enough to
work for the public defender's office, and had the guts to
hang out her own shingle. She now shares a set of offices
in a Gothic Victorian mansion in Denver with a motley crew
of lawyers, none of them overachievers.
Jackie has her stellar investigator, Pilar Perez, to assist
her, and now she has her high-powered new client. Would a
federal judge jeopardize his reputation and career for a
few hours of lust? Jackie wants to believe he's telling the
truth, but can she?
Ballard's is not the only case on Jackie's calendar. Her
longtime client, professional arsonist Ted Wolsky, is about
to get the "big bitch" -- life in prison with no chance of
parole -- if she can't prove he's innocent of burning a
warehouse. Ted has his weaknesses, but he doesn't deserve
to go down for life. And he claims he's innocent of this
On top of everything else, Jackie's young neighbor, Lily,
who has a very special place in Jackie's heart, has reached
a pivotal point in her childhood. She needs Jackie's help,
but Jackie's work may stand in the way.
With its riveting authenticity, colorful characters, and
penetrating questions about justice and the law, Extreme
Indifference will confirm author Stephanie Kane as one of
the most appealing and entertaining of the new generation
of legal thriller writers. Fans of Perri O'Shaughnessy and
Lisa Scottoline will rejoice as Stephanie Kane joins the