Rose Connors brings a fresh voice, a dynamic storytelling
power, and a passion for the law to her compelling crime
Martha "Marty" Nickerson is a lawyer who truly loves her
job. As an assistant D.A. for Massachusetts's Barnstable
County, which includes all the small towns on Cape Cod, she
speaks for the victims of crime and their families, and sees
the system as a means for doing right.
The case of Manuel Rodriguez is a prime example. Rodriguez
is accused of brutally murdering a college student, a kind
young man who had a bright future. Marty has worked hard on
this case; as the mother of a teenage son, she identifies
with the murdered boy's grieving parents. Her case against
Rodriguez is so solid that even public defender Harry
Madigan -- the champion of the Cape's underdogs -- expects a
conviction. And, on Memorial Day, exactly a year after the
crime, the verdict comes in: guilty as charged. Justice
Then, with Rodriguez behind bars, another body turns up in
disturbingly similar circumstances. Did Marty and her
colleagues target the wrong man? Her supervisor -- Geraldine
Schilling, who aspires to be the county's first female D.A.
-- refuses to reopen such a high-profile case. Why should
she? The prosecutors played by the rules and won big. But
Marty fears that the real killer will strike again.
With her career on the line and lives at stake, Marty must
rely on her own moral compass, legal savvy, and gut instinct
as she matches wits with a twisted killer. The system itself
is on trial as Marty tries to serve Justice, not merely the Law.
Only an author with years of courtroom experience could add
such riveting authenticity to a novel that asks important
questions and provides surprising answers. Rose Connors's
Absolute Certainty introduces a new crime-writing star.