A young attorney is defending her client in a racially charged felony case -- but in a town of old money and hidden secrets, her first trial may be her last in this #1 New York Times bestselling legal thriller.
Ruby Bozarth, a newcomer to Rosedale, Mississippi, is also fresh to the State Bar -- and to the docket of Circuit Judge Baylor, who taps Ruby as defense counsel.
The murder of a woman from one of the town's oldest families has Rosedale's upper crust howling for blood, and the prosecutor is counting on Ruby's inexperience to help him deliver a swift conviction. Ruby's client is a college football star who has returned home after a career-ending injury, and she is determined to build a defense that will stick. She finds help in unexpected quarters from Suzanne, a hard-charging attorney armed to the teeth, and Shorty, a diner cook who knows more than he lets on.
Ruby never belonged to the country club set, but once she nearly married into it. As news breaks of a second murder, Ruby's ex-fiancé shows up on her doorstep -- a Southern gentleman in need of a savior. As lurid, intertwining investigations unfold, no one in Rosedale can be trusted, especially the twelve men and women impaneled on the jury. They may be hiding the most incendiary secret of all.
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It was okay. Engaging. Read it in one afternoon. Just not up to the standard I’m used to.
One of the worst ever
This book has paper doll stereotyped characters, and a lame plot that a fourth grader might write. Ever since Patterson stopped writing his own books and hired hacks, his stuff has been junk. Don’t waste your money. I don’t know how he thinks this encourages reading. He can’t need the money.
Written by a 3rd Grader
2nd review I’ve ever written. Don’t waste your time or money!!! Amateurish......stopped reading less than half way thru.