Synopses & Reviews
Juror #3 has a shocking secret.
Young attorney Ruby Bozarth is fresh out of law school and struggling to make a living, a newcomer in a small town, when she's suddenly handed the murder case of a lifetime--and the stakes couldn't be higher.
Popular socialite Jewel Shaw has been found in a pool of blood at a country club soiree, and her lover, found at the scene of the crime with bloody hands, is the only suspect. Ruby's gut says her client is innocent, but the cards are stacked against both inexperienced Ruby and her client, a young black man, in small town Mississippi. Determined to clear his name, Ruby fights tooth and nail for a fair trial--but the jury has a secret that could blow the case wide open.
The incendiary trial brings both friends and enemies, and Ruby's had more than enough of scandal when someone from her past shows up, asking for her help. Well-heeled Southern gentleman Lee Greene has been accused of killing a woman in his hotel room, with no memory of the incident. Another doomed case is the last thing Ruby needs, but she has no choice but to defend the man she once almost married--or he and his influential family will drag her down in flames too.
Ruby Bozarth, a newcomer to Rosedale, Mississippi, is also fresh to the Mississippi Bar--and to the docket of Circuit Judge Baylor, who taps Ruby as defense counsel in a racially charged felony. The murder of a woman from one of the town's oldest families has Rosedale's upper crust howling for blood, and the prosecutor is counting on Ruby's inexperience to help him deliver a swift conviction. Ruby's client is a college football star who has returned home after a career-ending injury, and she is determined to build a defense that will stick. She finds help in unexpected quarters from Suzanne, a hard-charging attorney armed to the teeth, and Shorty, a diner cook who knows more than he lets on. Ruby never belonged to the country-club set, but once she nearly married into it. As news breaks of a second murder, Ruby's ex-fiance, Lee Greene, shows up on her doorstep--a Southern gentleman in need of a savior. As lurid, intertwining investigations unfold, no one in Rosedale can be trusted, especially the twelve men and women impaneled on the jury. They may be hiding the most incendiary secret of all.