The New York Times–bestselling author of the Suspicion series delivers an electrifying thriller of one man’s fight for justice that “may be her best yet” (Chicago Tribune).
In his many years as a prosecutor in Miami, Sam Hagen has seen every kind of violence—and yet he still tries to make a difference. But his latest case is like nothing he’s dealt with before.
A seventeen-year-old model claims she was raped in a South Beach nightclub VIP room by three of the city’s most influential men. Almost immediately, Sam is pressured to dismiss the case, and is soon trapped in a maelstrom of political influence, public opinion, and his desire to see justice done despite his own misgivings.
But when Sam decides to prosecute, one of the accused is murdered. As he begins to crack under the strain of holding together both his case and his own family, Sam will have to confront a conspiracy of money, power, and final judgment.
In this chilling novel of crime and redemption from a former Florida state prosecutor and the New York Times–bestselling author of the Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana legal thrillers, “the pace never flags from the opening to the knuckle-whitening finale” (Publishers Weekly).
Once again, Parker (Suspicion of Guilt, Suspicion of Innocence--which was a finalist for the 1995 Edgar for Best First Novel) pushes legal eagles to the edge--here, in a morality tale about the fall from grace of a man, a town and a legal system. Prosecutor Sam Hagan is known for being a straight arrow, so he's the perfect choice to investigate a potentially explosive case and dismiss it for lack of evidence. Or so think both his boss, the Miami DA, who has his eye on national office and doesn't want controversy, and the city manager, who's courting the tourist industry. The plaintiff is a young model who claims that several men, including a well-connected local businessman and a football player turned actor, raped her. Hagen believes the girl and, despite political pressure, pursues the case. The stakes are raised when several of the witnesses and participants are murdered. Meanwhile, the prosecutor's marriage is cracking under the strain of his son's recent death, a situation worsened as he learns devastating details about his son's life in the fast lane. Parker intertwines a number of stories as she spins her complicated tale of sex, power and money in South Miami. Some of the coincidences and liaisons reach soap-opera proportions, but the pace never flags from the opening to the knuckle-whitening finale. 50,000 first printing; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection; author tour.