'The most gripping and satisfying thriller I've read in more than a decade' Sophie Hannah
'One of the best legal thrillers ... as elegant and gripping as Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent' Daily Mail
'Quite the tour de force! Twelve Angry Men meets Chinatown and creates something of its own' Sarah Pinborough
'This is a tense, emotionally charged, scary-good, stand-out read' Caroline Kepnes
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One juror changed the verdict. What if she was wrong?
'Ten years ago we made a decision together...'
Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, vanishes on her way home from school. Her teacher, Bobby Nock, is the prime suspect. It's an open and shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed.
Until Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury, persuades the rest of the jurors to vote not guilty: a controversial decision that will change all of their lives forever.
Ten years later, one of the jurors is found dead, and Maya is the prime suspect.
The real killer could be any of the other ten jurors. Is Maya being forced to pay the price for her decision all those years ago?
'Plunge a syringe filled with adrenaline into the heart of Twelve Angry Men and you've got The Holdout: the first legal thriller in thirty years - ever since Presumed Innocent and A Time to Kill electrified readers the world over - to rank alongside those two modern classics.' AJ Finn
'A page-turning legal thriller with a twisty and absolutely riveting plot ... plus a strong and compelling female heroine. You won't be able to put this one down!' Lisa Scottoline
'Clever, well-written and twistier than a can of silly-string. You absolutely need to read The Holdout!' Emma Kavanagh
'Amazing thriller, deserves to be one of the biggest books of 2020' Michelle Davies
'Terrific, twisty and well-structured thriller' Adele Geras
This stellar novel from bestseller Moore (The Last Days of Night) takes a searing look at the U.S. justice system, media scrutiny, and racism. A decade earlier, during a high-profile L.A. murder trial, idealist Maya Seale persuaded her fellow jurors to acquit African-American high school teacher Bobby Nock of killing Jessica Silver, his wealthy white 15-year-old student. The controversial trial had a powerful impact on all the jurors, most of whom regretted the verdict. Maya was vilified in the press, but the most stinging rebuke came from juror Rick Leonard, who published a book blaming the verdict on Maya's bullying. Now the producers of Murder Town, a true crime documentary series, want to do a 10-year anniversary special with Maya, who's since become a defense attorney, as the key participant. During a reunion of the jurors, one of them is murdered in Maya's hotel room. The narrative builds tension as it shifts among the voices of the various jurors, including Maya. Moore has set a new standard for legal thrillers.