Synopses & Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The 13th Juror comes a passionate, page-turning exploration of the nature of guilt and innocence. Lescroart spins a brilliantly acclaimed tale of relentless suspense and nail-biting tension that will keep readers guessing up to the final, explosive climax.
Mark Dooher is the last person anyone would suspect of a savage, bloody murder -- the most hate-filled crime one veteran detective had ever come across. But Dooher, a prosperous attorney and prominent Catholic, is the first man San Francisco detective Abe Glitsky suspects. Soon Dooher is standing in the sights of the great, flawed machine called the criminal justice system. And Mark Dooher, a paragon of success and a master of all he touches, is about to be indicted for murder.
As the Dooher trial begins, dozens of lives are drawn into the drama, from the men and women who knew Mark Dooher best to those whose fates are now intertwined with his. For Wes Farrell, an attorney straggling with his own sense of failure, the defense of Mark Dooher will mean a chance at self-respect. For beautiful, aspiring attorney Christina Carrera, the case leads to a dangerous liaison with Dooher, who has wanted more than anything to have this woman by his side and in his bed. And for Abe Glitsky, whose wife is dying of cancer, the trial is a nightmare of DNA evidence, shaky witnesses, and long odds: Dooher, the unofficial consigliere of the Archbishop of San Francisco, has the Catholic Church on his side.
As the trial builds to a crescendo, as evidence is silted and witnesses discredited, as Farrell rises to heights he never knew he could reach and Abe Glitsky grieves, a woman emerges from Mark Dooher'spast. Her story will change the role of heady every player in this trial, and ignite a chain reaction of truth and violence that will alter lives forever.
Influential San Francisco attorney Mark Dooher is affluent, powerful, totally in control, and used to getting what he wants. When he meets a beautiful young attorney, he decides he wants her too. But Dooher is a married man, and as legal counsel for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, divorce isn't exactly on his agenda. Then Dooher's wife is murdered, and he becomes a suspect in the case. Even then, there's no cause for alarm. The woman he wants is close by his side. His best friend, the ever-loyal Wes Farrell, is his defense lawyer. Nothing, not past crimes, current scandals, or future desires, is going to stop him. Except perhaps the truth.
About the Author
John Lescroart is the author of ten novels, including The 13th Juror, Dead Irish, The Vig, A Certain Justice, and The Mercy Rule. He lives with his family in California.