An Anonymous Justice novel
Kate Stone swore an oath to uphold the law.
But is it time to take justice into her own hands?
THE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE…
Assistant DA Kate Stone has just suffered the biggest loss of her career. She’d worked so hard to prosecute a serial assaulter of women, and it was a case she should have won. But a corrupt judge allowed Max James to walk free. When he confronts her outside the courthouse, she punches James, and he goes down hard. After the footage is plastered across every TV screen, Kate’s boss demands that she either attend anger management meetings or give up the job she lives for.
CAN BE DIFFERENT FROM THE PURSUIT OF TRUTH.
Begrudgingly, Kate attends her first meeting. Inside is a group of people all failed by the justice system. Their mission: to do everything in their power to help right wrongs, even if outside the law. Unsure who to trust among this unlikely team of renegades, Kate begins to dig into Max James’s secret life and her explosive discoveries will lead to a stunning new twist in the case. And turn her into the prime suspect.
Manhattan assistant district attorney Kate Stone, the narrator of this middling series launch from bestseller Allen (Jailhouse Lawyer, with James Patterson), is frustrated by the acquittal of affluent Max James, who assaulted a masseuse after she refused his sexual demands. Adding injury to insult, James confronts Stone after the verdict, and she responds to his shoving her in the back by punching him, a moment captured on video. Stone's boss, who's unusually hands-on for someone in charge of hundreds of attorneys, makes Stone attending an anger management support group a condition of her staying employed. At one such session, she's approached by a doctor who invites her to join a group of vigilantes who offer her a chance for an extralegal revenge on James, which, inevitably, she accepts. Increasingly unlikely plot twists undermine credibility, as do certain questionable legal details (a defense attorney in a rape case is somehow allowed to depose the victim before trial). Even the cliff-hanger ending comes with a totally unsurprising reveal. Hopefully, Allen, herself an attorney with impressive legal credentials, will do better next time. Agent: Jack Heller, Assemble Media.