A prosecutor is accused of murder in this legal thriller from the New York Times–bestselling author of the Suspicion series (The New York Times Book Review).
Not long ago, Dan Galindo was a rising federal prosecutor in Miami with everything he could have wanted. Then he made the mistake of having a conscience. He refused to put a lying witness on the stand, which led to a drug kingpin walking free—and the end of his job and his marriage. Now with his reputation in ruins, he’s barely scraping by in a fleabag office.
Then his ex-brother-in-law, a music promoter, approaches him with a can’t-miss case: defending a gorgeous rock singer accused of assaulting a cop. It’s a simple job for good money.
But Dan is about to learn there’s no such thing as a simple job. Dragged into a sordid world of money laundering, dirty cops, and corrupt federal agents, he’s soon accused of murder, running for his life—and willing to do anything to get out of it alive.
A former prosecutor herself and the New York Times–bestselling author of the Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana legal thrillers, Barbara Parker “has produced a suspense story rich in detail about drugs, rock music, and vengeful and ruthless Federal cops . . . in Dan Galindo she has created a highly believable hero” (The New York Times Book Review).
Though a legal thriller, the action in Parker's first-rate latest (after Blood Relations) focuses not on the courtroom but on the sultry streets of Miami, where Parker shows how the end justifies the means not just for the bad guys but, too often, for the good guys as well. Refusing to put a lying witness on the stand in a major drug case has cost attorney Dan Galindo his job as a federal prosecutor, shattered his marriage and earned him the wrath of DEA agent Vincent Hooper. Broke and reduced to taking cases referred by his music producer ex-brother-in-law Rick Robbins, Dan hooks up with keyboard player Martha Cruz, a bandmate of Dan's current girlfriend, Kelly Dorf, who has been arrested for hitting a Miami cop. Martha, Dan soon discovers, is involved with Rick's very silent partner, Ecuadorian "businessman" Miguel Salazar. Miguel is determined to make Martha a star-a goal shared by the ambitious Martha and by Rick, who's desperate to finally produce a hit group. But the DEA is after Miguel, a major drug smuggler, for laundering money through Rick's company. Unbeknownst to Dan, Kelly, with a cocaine trafficking charge hanging over her head, is working as their informant. When Dan breaks up with Kelly, she retaliates by telling the DEA she overheard him talking with Miguel about the money laundering. Parker, herself a former Miami prosecutor, throws the steak of real experience on the fire of Miami and lets it sizzle. 60,000 first printing; author tour.