Author: Allen Eskens
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A true thriller that examines both the detective procedural and the legal defense. Fiat justitia ruat cælum!
Detective Max Rupert is going through a trying time after the death of his wife. Now with a new homicide case involving a young woman and a defense attorney who once committed fraud on the court with a false discipline paper on Max, he finds himself up against one of his good friends Boady Sanders, who has taken the case on as the defense counsel. Max has the suspect pegged on this as his alibi is shot, a neighbor swears she saw him at the scene at the time of the murder, and he has a motive. But Boady is equally convinced that his client couldn’t have committed the murder. After all, he left his law practice to him after he could no longer stomach the trials when an innocent man was killed in prison. Told from differing points of view, it is a race to find out the truth.
This book is an exceptionally good legal thriller. It is fast paced and doesn’t draw on anything from the past books that have three of the common characters. It is easily a stand-alone novel. Even with the fast pace, there were still plenty of twists that kept the reader guessing. Throughout most of the book, I found myself sympathizing with both Max and with Ben, unlikely though it would seem. I really wanted to find out the truth to determine who was right. I had a questioning moment with the flip flop of the credible witness, but still didn’t see the twist coming with that. Well done Mr. Eskens. Well done.
The core of the book really centers on the relationship of Max and Boady. An unlikely pair (detective and defense attorney), they have found some common ground in the past and even had a poker club that they started. However, after Max’s wife died, he become more reclusive, but Boady always visited him and helped to make sure he didn’t do anything crazy. But now he is faced with having to cross examine Max to completely discredit him in order to prove that his client is not guilty. Can their relationship withstand this test? Or will their relationship be over?
If you like legal thrillers, then you should definitely grab this one off the shelf. You’ll be glad you did.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The vies and opinions expressed within are my own.