"A legal procedural worth reading"
Laura Chastain left a high salaried position as a
lawyer to become the Fulton County, Georgia Assistant
District Attorney. She prefers placing criminals behind
bars rather than earning top dollars defending them even
when she knew they were guilty.
Her latest case involves the brutal death of a
prominent African-American businessman, who was found
stuffed inside the trunk of his car. Petty thief Roland
Jervis happened to be driving the vehicle when he was
pulled over and arrested for murder.
The DA and his second in command believe they have an
easy conviction and since the DA is running for reelection
he wants no digging that would prove otherwise. Laura
agrees with the assessment that Jervis is a killer, but
soon finds the evidence fails to support that theory.
Staying with her convictions, her actions free Jervis, but
force her to resign. Laura joins Jervis' team in a
wrongful arrest suit in civil court while she tries to
uncover the identity of the real culprit.
When it comes to writing dynamic realistic legal
dramas, few authors pack the wallop of Lelia Kelly. Her
heroine cares more about justice than personal rewards and
accolades. The complex plot is filled with twists and
turns that lead the audience on a cleverly designed
serpentine path that has the reader says "wow" after
finishing this tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 7, 2001