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Missing Justice: A Samantha Kincaid Mystery (Samantha Kincaid Mysteries #02)

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Missing Person

Newly promoted Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid's first assignment back after a much-needed vacation is a hot one: Judge Clarissa Easterbrook has gone missing from a wealthy Portland neighborhood, and Sam has to make the DA look good until the prodigal judge returns. Yet it soon becomes clear that the woman didn't vanish voluntarily — and it's no surprise when her bludgeoned body turns up at a local construction site.

Missing Proof

What is surprising is how quickly a suspect is apprehended while Clarissa's husband, a prominent surgeon, is cleared of suspicion. It all seems a bit cut-and-dried to Sam, especially when she discovers that Clarissa was keeping secrets that the city's elite would prefer to stay hidden.

Missing Justice

Now, with each piece of the puzzle she uncovers, Sam is getting closer to the truth — and to the wrong side of some very powerful people. It seems Clarissa's secrets may have caught up to her in the worst of ways. And in her quest to exonerate an innocent man, Sam could be next in line...

Review:

"In Burke's lively second Samantha Kincaid mystery (after 2003's Judgment Calls), the Deputy District Attorney has just joined the Major Crimes Unit in Portland, Ore., when a local judge, Clarissa Easterbrook, goes missing and is then found murdered. As Kincaid sifts through possible suspects, she also adjusts to the personalities in her new office, including her surprisingly friendly supervisor. Evidence of the judge's affair with a politician and an increasingly confusing crush of contracts, judgments and financial papers make it difficult to believe that Kincaid would seriously consider Melvin Jackson, a poor black man, as the likely murderer. A former drug addict, Jackson was in danger of losing custody of his kids in a case Easterbrook was considering just before her death. Eventually, Kincaid turns to a more obvious source of trouble. Kincaid is an appealing if perhaps too familiar a type — a slightly seasoned, feisty woman who runs impressive distances and confides her endearing foibles to the reader. Burke does a good job of integrating the political and personal lives of her characters, with the detectives of the Major Crimes Unit being particularly well drawn. Witty and concise dialogue helps redeem the somewhat stiff plotting. Agent, Philip Spitzer. (June 2) Forecast: Blurbs from such big names as Sue Grafton, Lee Child, Michael Connelly and Linda Fairstein, plus Burke's being the daughter of James Lee Burke, should help ensure a successful national author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A deftly extended episode of Law & Order, whose structure it mimics without adding anything compelling or new. Burke's neatest surprise is why Samantha, tossed off her first big case, ends up happy anyway." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] very clever whodunit long on red herrings, shadowy motives, and sly humor. The author's background as a former deputy DA in Portland lends gritty ambience to this modern parable of greed and ambition." Wes Lukowsky, Booklist

Review:

"With excellent pacing, Burke strikes a nice balance between the cops and the lawyers. She doesn't force the drama, and the dialog is better here than in her first effort." Library Journal

Review:

"A wonderful writer, with the kind of skill I most admire....I'm a big fan." Sue Grafton

Review:

"With its use of Portland settings and public policy, this book should be required reading for local mystery fans....Better crime novels have been set in Portland....But [none] of those books makes local public policy...such a unique star." The Oregonian (Portland, Or)

Review:

"Meticulously, Burke presents her tale with authority and expert pacing....Burke's first novel...was terrific...and this one proves that it was no one-shot deal. I hope Sam Kinkaid hangs around for a long time to come, because she's great company and spins a timely yarn." Providence Journal

Review:

"[Burke] is definitely a comer and a keeper." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"[F]inely wrought....Ms. Burke has her own style, her own innate talent and a fertile imagination. She has the gift every writer longs for: to grab the reader's attention on page one and hold on to it until the last word on the last page is read." BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

The second entry in this skillfully plotted mystery series finds Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid back at work after an attempt on her life and a promotion into Major Crimes. Soon the search for a missing judge leads her into Portland politics and a labyrinth of crime, corruption, and coverups.

Synopsis:

MISSING PERSON

Newly promoted Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid's first assignment back after a much-needed vacation is a hot one: Judge Clarissa Easterbrook has gone missing from a wealthy Portland neighborhood, and Sam has to make the DA look good until the prodigal judge returns. Yet it soon becomes clear that the woman didn't vanish voluntarily-and it's no surprise when her bludgeoned body turns up at a local construction site.

MISSING PROOF

What is surprising is how quickly a suspect is apprehended while Clarissa's husband, a prominent surgeon, is cleared of suspicion. It all seems a bit cut-and-dried to Sam, especially when she discovers that Clarissa was keeping secrets that the city's elite would prefer to stay hidden.

MISSING JUSTICE

Now, with each piece of the puzzle she uncovers, Sam is getting closer to the truth-and to the wrong side of some very powerful people. It seems Clarissa's secrets may have caught up to her in the worst of ways. And in her quest to exonerate an innocent man, Sam could be next in line...

"A wonderful writer, with the kind of skill I most admire...I'm a big fan"

-Sue Grafton

"A very clever whodunit long on red herrings, shadowy motives, and sly humor."

-Booklist

Synopsis:

Newly promoted Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid's first assignment back after a much-needed vacation is a hot one: Judge Clarissa Easterbrook has gone missing from a wealthy Portland neighborhood, and Sam has to make the DA look good until the prodigal judge returns. Yet it soon becomes clear that the woman didn't vanish voluntarily-and it's no surprise when her bludgeoned body turns up at a local construction site.

What is surprising is how quickly a suspect is apprehended while Clarissa's husband, a prominent surgeon, is cleared of suspicion. It all seems a bit cut-and-dried to Sam, especially when she discovers that Clarissa was keeping secrets that the city's elite would prefer to stay hidden.

Now, with each piece of the puzzle she uncovers, Sam is getting closer to the truth-and to the wrong side of some very powerful people. It seems Clarissa's secrets may have caught up to her in the worst of ways. And in her quest to exonerate an innocent man, Sam could be next in line...

About the Author

A former deputy district attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair Burke now teaches criminal law at Hofstra Law School. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and lives in New York City. The daughter of the acclaimed crime writer James Lee Burke, her first novel in the Samantha Kincaid series, Judgment Calls, is available in paperback from St. Martin's Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312933159
Author:
Burke, Alafair
Publisher:
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Subject:
General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Series
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers/Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers/Legal
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Samantha Kincaid Mysteries
Series Volume:
No. 2 of 3
Publication Date:
May 3, 2005
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.69 x 4 x 0.945 in

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Product details 352 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312933159 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Burke's lively second Samantha Kincaid mystery (after 2003's Judgment Calls), the Deputy District Attorney has just joined the Major Crimes Unit in Portland, Ore., when a local judge, Clarissa Easterbrook, goes missing and is then found murdered. As Kincaid sifts through possible suspects, she also adjusts to the personalities in her new office, including her surprisingly friendly supervisor. Evidence of the judge's affair with a politician and an increasingly confusing crush of contracts, judgments and financial papers make it difficult to believe that Kincaid would seriously consider Melvin Jackson, a poor black man, as the likely murderer. A former drug addict, Jackson was in danger of losing custody of his kids in a case Easterbrook was considering just before her death. Eventually, Kincaid turns to a more obvious source of trouble. Kincaid is an appealing if perhaps too familiar a type — a slightly seasoned, feisty woman who runs impressive distances and confides her endearing foibles to the reader. Burke does a good job of integrating the political and personal lives of her characters, with the detectives of the Major Crimes Unit being particularly well drawn. Witty and concise dialogue helps redeem the somewhat stiff plotting. Agent, Philip Spitzer. (June 2) Forecast: Blurbs from such big names as Sue Grafton, Lee Child, Michael Connelly and Linda Fairstein, plus Burke's being the daughter of James Lee Burke, should help ensure a successful national author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A deftly extended episode of Law & Order, whose structure it mimics without adding anything compelling or new. Burke's neatest surprise is why Samantha, tossed off her first big case, ends up happy anyway."
"Review" by , "[A] very clever whodunit long on red herrings, shadowy motives, and sly humor. The author's background as a former deputy DA in Portland lends gritty ambience to this modern parable of greed and ambition."
"Review" by , "With excellent pacing, Burke strikes a nice balance between the cops and the lawyers. She doesn't force the drama, and the dialog is better here than in her first effort."
"Review" by , "A wonderful writer, with the kind of skill I most admire....I'm a big fan." Sue Grafton
"Review" by , "With its use of Portland settings and public policy, this book should be required reading for local mystery fans....Better crime novels have been set in Portland....But [none] of those books makes local public policy...such a unique star."
"Review" by , "Meticulously, Burke presents her tale with authority and expert pacing....Burke's first novel...was terrific...and this one proves that it was no one-shot deal. I hope Sam Kinkaid hangs around for a long time to come, because she's great company and spins a timely yarn."
"Review" by , "[Burke] is definitely a comer and a keeper."
"Review" by , "[F]inely wrought....Ms. Burke has her own style, her own innate talent and a fertile imagination. She has the gift every writer longs for: to grab the reader's attention on page one and hold on to it until the last word on the last page is read."
"Synopsis" by , The second entry in this skillfully plotted mystery series finds Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid back at work after an attempt on her life and a promotion into Major Crimes. Soon the search for a missing judge leads her into Portland politics and a labyrinth of crime, corruption, and coverups.
"Synopsis" by ,
MISSING PERSON

Newly promoted Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid's first assignment back after a much-needed vacation is a hot one: Judge Clarissa Easterbrook has gone missing from a wealthy Portland neighborhood, and Sam has to make the DA look good until the prodigal judge returns. Yet it soon becomes clear that the woman didn't vanish voluntarily-and it's no surprise when her bludgeoned body turns up at a local construction site.

MISSING PROOF

What is surprising is how quickly a suspect is apprehended while Clarissa's husband, a prominent surgeon, is cleared of suspicion. It all seems a bit cut-and-dried to Sam, especially when she discovers that Clarissa was keeping secrets that the city's elite would prefer to stay hidden.

MISSING JUSTICE

Now, with each piece of the puzzle she uncovers, Sam is getting closer to the truth-and to the wrong side of some very powerful people. It seems Clarissa's secrets may have caught up to her in the worst of ways. And in her quest to exonerate an innocent man, Sam could be next in line...

"A wonderful writer, with the kind of skill I most admire...I'm a big fan"

-Sue Grafton

"A very clever whodunit long on red herrings, shadowy motives, and sly humor."

-Booklist

"Synopsis" by ,
Newly promoted Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid's first assignment back after a much-needed vacation is a hot one: Judge Clarissa Easterbrook has gone missing from a wealthy Portland neighborhood, and Sam has to make the DA look good until the prodigal judge returns. Yet it soon becomes clear that the woman didn't vanish voluntarily-and it's no surprise when her bludgeoned body turns up at a local construction site.

What is surprising is how quickly a suspect is apprehended while Clarissa's husband, a prominent surgeon, is cleared of suspicion. It all seems a bit cut-and-dried to Sam, especially when she discovers that Clarissa was keeping secrets that the city's elite would prefer to stay hidden.

Now, with each piece of the puzzle she uncovers, Sam is getting closer to the truth-and to the wrong side of some very powerful people. It seems Clarissa's secrets may have caught up to her in the worst of ways. And in her quest to exonerate an innocent man, Sam could be next in line...

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