With plenty of suspects, this intricately-plotted legal thriller kept me engaged right up through the twists and turns and eventual chilling ending.

The horrific murder of an entire family, – mom, dad, adult son and teenage daughter – has the Portland, Oregon community reeling. When Robin Lockwood, criminal defense attorney, finds her way onto the case, her biggest challenge is avoiding the death penalty for her client. Robin, a former professional MMA cage-fighter, has her work cut out for her, as her team looks for additional context, investigates insurance fraud and cyber bullying, battles the Russian mob, and faces more than one episode of personal peril. Which is all the more complicated in the face of Robin’s growing attraction to the handsome Tom McKee, the DA and her opponent on this case.

Part of an ongoing series featuring the main protagonist, this was my first read from this prolific author (himself a former criminal attorney) and easily enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

A great big thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for an ARC of this book. All thoughts presented are my own.


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