"An exciting legal thriller"
Although the prime suspect is a close friend, Philadelphia
attorney Victor Carl believes that lawyer Guy Forrest
killed his live-in lover in a crime of passion. When
Victor arrived at the rainy scene, he found Guy sitting
naked outside the house he shared with the victim, holding
a gun. Inside Hailey Prouix had been shot dead. Guy, who
left his family for Hailey, swears he did not kill her, but
Victor thinks otherwise.
The police arrest Guy for murder. Although Victor is the
defense attorney, he has his own agenda pushed by his
personal obsession for Hailey, whom he slept with too.
Even while he wants his client locked away, Victor
investigates the couple. He learns that the two lovers
were on opposite sides of a medical malpractice suit
leading to his wondering if his client might be a victim of
a seduction in order to win massive damages for her
patron. He looks elsewhere for a clever killer, which
leads Victor ultimately to Hailey's West Virginia hometown
where secrets and murder reside in the gene pool.
This is an exciting legal thriller that brazenly steps off
the edge, but never lands into free fall due to the energy
of the vigorous story line. The two lawyers are
interesting characters sharing in common besides the law a
need for the deceased. Victor is especially intriguing as
he plans to hang his pal until the evidence confirms that
his client is a victim too. Hailey and her roots (no
literary pun intended) provide a nice spin. Though
gimmicks are the only flaw, they are not fatal to a
gratifying legal thriller.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 13, 2003