Synopses & Reviews
Suppose the unimaginable: What if your child was killed in a hit-and-run? And the one person who knew the driver's identity his lawyer didn't have to tell you his name?
Silent Counsel is the story of just such a nightmare. After Stacy Altman's six-year-old son is run down in front of their house, with no witnesses to the tragic accident, she learns that the driver has hired attorney Scott Heller to negotiate a plea arrangement with the prosecutor. But he's instructed Scott to keep his name secret until a satisfactory agreement is in place. The prosecutor refuses to make a deal, and the court rebuffs Stacy's efforts to force Scott to tell her or even the authorities who his client is, holding that it's privileged information.
Since the court won't do anything to help Stacy track down her son's killer, she takes matters into her own hands. And she's determined to make Scott talk at any cost...
When Stacy's stalking of Scott's young daughter escalates into a kidnapping, Scott makes the only reasonable choice a parent can cooperate and give up the client. That's when Scott discovers that doing the right thing isn't as easy as he thought and now the mother isn't the only one looking for the child's killer.
"Attorney Isaacson squanders a worthy look at the legal system's limits by hooking it to a by-the-numbers plot in his fiction debut. Vincent Saldano, a wealthy New Jersey resident, takes his new BMW out for a joyride in a quiet a residential area, where the car strikes and kills a young boy. Saldano flees the scene, but then contacts New York attorney Scott Heller. Heller agrees to keep Saldano's identity secret while he attempts to negotiate a plea deal. His commitment to attorney-client privilege gets put to the test when Stacy Altman, the boy's mother, becomes obsessed with forcing the attorney's hand, and Heller's own young child gets drawn into her scheme. The hit-and-run itself is forgettable, and Altman's increasingly irrational behavior is not conveyed plausibly, but Heller's conflict touches on real issues." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Hard to believe this is Ken Isaacson's first legal thriller...on a par with the works of John Grisham." Midwest Book Review
"A smashing debut, with everything you could want in a legal thriller." Tess Gerritsen, New York Times-bestselling author
"Ken Isaacson is an exciting new voice in crime fiction, and Silent Counsel is his stunning debut a legal thriller with a fascinating twist that will keep you turning pages to the unpredictable conclusion." Linda Fairstein, New York Times-bestselling author
"Ken Isaacson knows his stuff. He knows the ins and outs of legal practice, and he knows the human cost when the system fails. And, best of all, he knows how to put together a book you won't want to put down." SJ Rozan, author of Absent Friends
About the Author
Ken Isaacson is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Morristown, New Jersey.