"A top rate mystery"
In 1997 in Seattle, highly regarded painter Laura Arcand is
rushed unconscious to Harborview Hospital after trying to
commit suicide. While the staff feverishly worked to save
her life, Laura awakens for a moment screaming that she
killed the two of them.
Not long afterward in nearby Kitsap County, the corpse of
Laura's husband is found near her mother's home. Someone
shot Laura's husband Mark Talbott. Prosecuting Attorney
Judith Watkins firmly believes the heathen Laura killed her
husband. Besides the ER confession, other evidence points
towards Laura as a murderer.
Her mother's lover attorney Ed Hauser plans to defend
Laura, who he loves like a daughter. He brings in family
friend forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Hatton to help and
assigns much of the research to his top young lawyer Mary
Slattery. With a religious fanatic representing the county
going after Laura with an inquisition like vengeance, the
defense team has its work cut out for them in what seems
like an impossible case to defend.
SHADES OF JUSTICE is a powerful legal-medical thriller that
never slows down even when introducing the key players.
For instance The reader meets Will while testifying in
Texas and Mary at the scene of the crime. This technique
allows the audience to understand the defense team better
while moving forward a strong story line. Fans of the
combined sub-genre will want more works by Fredrick Huebner
after completing this fabulous tale with a few surprising
twists and turns even when the case is a sure shot win for
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 1, 2001