"strong legal thriller"
Twelve years ago, Chloe was an average person worrying if
she will pass the bar examination and hoping her boyfriend
will propose to her. The night she thinks he is going to
give her a ring; he gives her instead a diamond heart as
an anniversary present. He wants to go up to her house
but she is angry and tells him to leave her off at her
apartment. When she wakes up in the middle of the night,
a man wearing a clown costume rapes and tortures Chloe.
In the present, the serial killer who has raped, tortured,
and killed ten blonde women ages eighteen to twenty five
is caught with a dead body in the trunk by a rookie patrol
officer in a routine traffic violation. Chloe, now going
by the name of C.J. Townsend, is the prosecutor assigned
the case. At the first hearing, she lays eyes on the face
of William Robert Bantling and recognizes him as her
rapist from his voice and a scar on his arm. She doesn't
tell anyone that she should be excused. She decides to
prosecute Robert seeking justice or is it retribution?
The new star in the legal horizon is Jilliane Hoffman if
RETRIBUTION is any indication of her skills. If the
answer is yes and more books as great as this follow,
fans will discuss her name along side of Patricia
Cornwell, Linda Fairstein and Perri O'Shaugnessy. The
characters are well developed (especially the villain and
avenging angel), and the storyline is original with
spellbinding action. The trial scenes are particularly
fabulous and quite polished as RETRIBUTION is on the way
to the bestseller lists.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 7, 2003