"A fascinating legal thriller"
San Francisco District Attorney Prentice 'Skipper'
Gates III held a campaign rally for his bid for reelection
at the Fremont Hotel that ended late. He stayed at the
hotel overnight only to wake up with a male corpse sharing
his room. The police arrest Skipper for murder and he then
calls Mike Daley, his former partner in the Simpson and
Gates law firm to get him out of jail and defend him in
such a way that this campaign and his future efforts at
statewide office are not damaged.
Besides courtroom rivals in recent years since Mike is
a defense attorney, the duo had bad blood when they worked
together. Still, a reluctant Mike accepts Skipper as a
client though he feels the man is guilty or at least hiding
something. As the prosecutors pursue a death penalty
conviction, accompanied by his partner, his ex-wife Rosita
Fernandez, Mike begins making inquiries throughout the Bay
area to learn what went down that night.
Sheldon Siegel brings back the effective legal team of
Daley and Fernandez (see SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES) in another
captivating legal thriller. The story line provides a
wonderful tour of San Francisco inside a strong courtroom
drama that enables readers to follow Mike's thought
processes. The INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE against Skipper and
his attitude makes Mike and Rosita's work much harder and
this much more enjoyable for the reader. Sub-gene fans
will want more tales from Mr. Siegel starring his dynamic
duo, but perhaps Rosita can take the lead so that the
audience can understand her thinking better from more of
her perspective than that of Mike's.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 18, 2001