"Dugoni centers a high-speed murder mystery around infidelity and jealousy . . . the plot twists keep the pages turning." -- Kirkus
"Fast-moving...will surprise even seasoned thriller readers." -- Publishers Weekly
Attorney Dana Hill is used to managing a stressful life: she's one of the most successful lawyers at Strong & Thurmond, mother to a young daughter, wife to a busy, self-involved man. But when she is diagnosed with breast cancer, and her twin brother turns up beaten to death in an apparent robbery-gone-wrong in the same week, the careful balance of Dana's life is sent into flux. Agreeing with the police that this is more than just a simple botched burglary, she begins to sift through the pieces of her brother's life, a life she thought she knew as well as her own, to find out who would want him dead and why.
But bad things happen in threes, her mother has told her. When Dana discovers her husband cheating, she throws herself headlong into the investigation. Delaying cancer treatment, she teams with an intuitive detective to find the link between a one-of-a-kind earring found in her brother's bedroom and a mysterious girlfriend no one seems to be able to identify. But those connected to the murder are beginning to turn up dead, the evidence trail is growing cold and someone is masquerading as a police officer, cleaning up the details as they go along.
Well-connected Seattle attorney Dana Hill has everything going for her in this undemanding page-turner from bestseller Dugoni (The Jury Master) until, in the span of a few days, she's diagnosed with breast cancer, she catches her husband in an extramarital affair, and her beloved twin brother, James, is murdered during an apparently botched robbery. An exotic lost earring left at the scene of James's killing leads Dana to suspect there's more to his death than meets the eye, and sure enough, as she begins tracing the earring's obscure origin, people who could supply information are assassinated right and left. Dana's determination to collar her brother's killer draws her into a showdown with a villain who will stop at nothing to eliminate the threat she poses. While most of the supporting characters are one-dimensional servants to the fast-moving plot, a few twists will surprise even seasoned thriller readers.
I don't offer reviews of all the books I read, which is generally one a day. Yes, I sleep little and read at a frenzied rate. I write a review only when the author has fulfilled all I hoped to find when opening a new book. Robert Dugoni does just that with each of his well researched works. Suspense, legal and medical, as well as police procedural details are likely to astound the reader. The discerning reader would do well to explore his books.