Another one from John Ellsworth, but this time with a different lawyer, one Michael Gresham. Gresham has changed sides from defending to prosecuting. And he does very well in this different role.
Linda Burrows is a lawyer employed by the US Attorney’s office, a job she is well qualified for. In fact, her second husband a policeman who was acquainted with Niles Boudreux, the Senior Assistant US Attorney, recommended her for the job.
All goes well. Linda loves the job and gets on well with her boss, according to her husband, maybe too well. Because of the jealousy and his rage, Linda and her husband, Harry divorce and life goes on for each of them separately. Linda and Bourdreux begin an affair and he asks her to marry him. She refuses with a laugh and continues her promiscuous ways and has affairs with several of her co-workers. When she finds herself pregnant she faces her boss, claiming he is the father. He reiterates his offer of marriage but again she refuses and demands he pay for an abortion. The alternative is she will sue him for sexual harassment.
Niles decides that he cannot allow that knowing the effect it would have on his career and so plots how to get rid of her and the child. The result is she is murdered one day when in the local grocery store.
Michael Gresham is tasked with finding the killer and so we move through his attempts with the help of his team, two members of the FBI, 2 members of the Metro PD, an investigator from the US Attorney’s office and Annie his savant adopted daughter. The team follows all usual procedures interviewing staff members of the grocery store, fellow workers at her office, etc. without much progress.
And then, DNA proves that Gresham is the father of Linda’s unborn child which quickly makes him a suspect.
Michael is charged with murder and determines to solve the case apart from the official enquiry from which he is now barred. and calls upon his old “standby” right-hand man Marcel to help. Marcel is a top investigator and unravels a heretofore unknown eyewitness, but what she has to say completely unhinges Michael and his team.
Meantime his brother Arnie, another lawyer, resurfaces but while he cannot legally assist Michael in his defence he does know a good lawyer whom he calls and who agrees to assist.
Twists and turns aplenty in this book, and while I was convinced I knew who the murderer was almost from the start, all is revealed and I was completely after the wrong person.
I was given this book to read by the author and in return, I am posting this review. I thoroughly recommend the book to my friends.