“A groundbreaking series…razor-sharp, compulsively readable courtroom scenes.” – The New York Times Book Review
“Another barrier-breaking thriller from a voice missing too long from the mystery chorus.” – The Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Perfect for fans of Laura Griffin and Lisa Unger, Attorney and LGBTQ+ activist Robyn Gigl tackles the complexities of gender, power, public perception, and human trafficking with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot in this powerful legal thriller featuring a transgender attorney at its center.
At first, the death of millionaire businessman Charles Parsons seems like a straightforward suicide. There’s no sign of forced entry or struggle in his lavish New Jersey mansion—just a single gunshot wound from his own weapon. But days later, a different story emerges. Computer techs pick up a voice recording that incriminates Parsons’ adoptive daughter, Ann, who duly confesses and pleads guilty.
Erin McCabe has little interest in reviewing such a slam-dunk case—even after she learns that Ann, like herself, is a trans woman. Yet despite their misgivings, Erin and her law partner, Duane Swisher, ultimately can’t ignore the pieces that don’t fit. As their investigation deepens, they convince Ann to withdraw her guilty plea. But Ann clearly knows more than she’s willing to share, even if it means a life sentence. Who is she protecting, and why?
Fighting against time and a prosecutor hell-bent on notching another conviction, Erin and Swish work tirelessly to clear Ann’s name. But despite Parsons’ former associates’ determination to keep his—and their own—illegal activities buried, a horrifying truth emerges—a web of human exploitation, greed, and murder. Soon, a quest to see justice served becomes a desperate struggle to survive . . .
“Topically relevant, edgy, and riveting, this series is one to watch.” – Library Journal
“Stunning…Gigl delightfully flips the usual terms of the genre with a murder victim readers are quickly drawn to hate and a murderer whom they will be rooting for. Her takes on big questions of justice, revenge, and the nature of victimhood will resonate with many.” – Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"Another great merger of legal mystery and psychological thriller." – CrimeReads
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A lawyer’s principles prove to be even stronger than her command of the courtroom in Robyn Gigl’s second legal thriller starring trans lawyer Erin McCabe. Ann Parsons has admitted to murdering her millionaire father—but the facts don’t add up. When Erin gets involved in the case, she’s sent hurtling down a twisty rabbit hole involving buried secrets and child exploitation. A trans attorney herself, Gigl never pulls any punches when it comes to depicting the challenges Erin faces, and she shows a remarkable sense of empathy toward others. Written with the frantic pacing of a real-life investigation and trial, her gripping novel is packed with shocking surprises about whom Ann is protecting—and why. Don’t be surprised if you speed through Survivor’s Guilt.
In Gigl's stunning sequel to 2021's By Way of Sorrow, the shooting death of businessman Charles Parsons at first looks like suicide, until a voice recording surfaces in which Parson identifies the shooter as his adopted daughter, Ann, who subsequently confesses to the crime. But transgender New Jersey lawyer Erin McCabe becomes convinced she should help Ann, who's also trans, withdraw the plea and go to trial after Erin becomes aware of Parsons's monstrous behavior and of the pressure put on Ann to confess by Parsons's colleagues, who made threats to someone Ann cares about. These threats extend to Erin and her loved ones once she becomes involved in the case. Erin's fear that her new romantic partner, Mark, will leave her over his family's rejection of her identity adds personal stress. Meanwhile, the actual killer skillfully continues her vigilante justice campaign against Parsons's organization's systematic child abuse and greed. Gigl delightfully flips the usual terms of the genre with a murder victim readers are quickly drawn to hate and a murderer whom they will be rooting for. Her takes on big questions of justice, revenge, and the nature of victimhood will resonate with many. Agent: Carrie Pestrito, Laura Dail Literary.