In the high-stakes courtroom battles of his legal career, San Antonio District Attorney Chris Sinclair has prosecuted cases that have changed lives, bringing justice to victims and sending criminals to prison. He has prided himself on getting it right—putting the guilty in prison. And when he gets it wrong, he does what's necessary to set things right.
Steve Greerdon was not a dirty cop, but eight years ago Chris had evidence that sent him to jail for armed robbery. Recently, new DNA evidence cleared Greerdon's name and he was released. Then two police officers are murdered, and Greerdon is found at the scene of the crime with no alibi. Chris once again becomes suspicious, despite Greerdon's claims that a police conspiracy wants to send him back to jail.
Either crooked cops are trying to cover up a years-old crime—or Chris was a fool for helping to secure Greerdon's release. Suddenly wary of the system and those who serve it, Chris can't trust anyone, especially not the policemen supposed to be fellow officers of the court.
Chris's girlfriend, child psychiatrist Anne Greenwald, is drawn into the deepening mystery when one of her patients confides facts to her that could give Chris the evidence he needs to break the conspiracy. But Anne can't violate doctor-patient confidentiality. Complicating things further, Chris s teenage daughter becomes involved with Greerdon's son.
Time is running out and murders are piling up. If the killer can't be stopped, Chris or his daughter could be the next victim. As Chris and Anne struggle to balance their personal lives with their professional concerns, this intense, powerful novel weaves an ever-tightening web of suspense that will keep readers chasing the truth until the final page.
Praise for Jay Brandon
“A courthouse drama that grips the reader tight, right up to the final page.”—San Antonio Express-News on Sliver Moon
“Brandon writes with verve and authority. He knows the law. And he knows how to grab the reader and keep those pages turning.”—The Houston Chronicle
Jay Brandon is the author of the Edgar Award-nominated Fade the Heat.
A San Antonio criminal lawyer, Brandon is among the best in the legal thriller business at catching the real atmosphere of a trial that combination of tedium and terror that makes the courtroom such a popular literary arena. His latest book about San Antonio district attorney Chris Sinclair (after 2003' s Sliver Moon) has an absolute aura of authenticity, even though the plot contains many typical thriller elements. Because of Sinclair's zeal, police officer Steve Greerdon was sent to prison eight years earlier for taking part in an armed robbery. When new DNA evidence surfaces proving that Greerdon was innocent, Chris swallows his chagrin and gets him out of jail fast. But is Greerdon really the victim of bad justice or an incredibly clever killer? When two police officers who served with him are murdered, he's found on the scene, claiming a high-level police conspiracy to cover up the real criminals. Sinclair's lover, child psychiatrist Anne Greenwald, also gets involved in the case because of privileged information from a client, and Chris's teenage daughter finds herself being attracted to Greerdon's son. None of this is particularly new or earth-shaking, but Brandon makes his story move along smoothly by creating an involving portrait of a criminal justice system staffed (mostly) by people trying to do the right thing. was an Edgar finalist.