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Publisher Description

The Supreme Court is one of our most sacred—and secretive—public institutions. But sometimes secrets can lead to cover-ups with very deadly consequences.

Terry Scarborough is a legal scholar and provocateur who craves headline-making celebrity, but with his latest book he may have gone too far. In it he resurrects forgotten language in the U.S. Constitution—and hints at a missing letter of Thomas Jefferson's—that threatens to divide the nation.

Then, during a publicity tour, Scarborough is brutally murdered in a San Diego hotel room, and a young man with dark connections is charged. What looks like an open-and-shut case to most people doesn't to defense attorney Paul Madriani. He believes that there is much more to the case and that the defendant is a pawn caught in the middle, being scapegoated by circumstance.

As the trial spirals toward its conclusion, Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, race to find the missing Jefferson letter—and the secrets it holds about slavery and scandal at the time of our nation's founding and the very reason Scarborough was killed. Madriani's chase takes him from the tension-filled courtroom in California to the trail of a high court justice now suddenly in hiding and lays bare the soaring political stakes for a seat on the highest court, in a country divided, and under the shadow of power.

Mysteries & Thrillers
October 13
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

Laureliete ,

By the end I wanted more

In the beginning it took me awhile to familiarize myself with the plot but I stuck with it and shortly was rewarded with a really good story. I actually paid for the paperback version and got my moneys worth. Aside from my initial confusion I really enjoyed it and page after page couldn't wait to get to the next one. One reason I liked it was because it was a mystery not a "romance mystery" like so many mass produced stories these days. The confusion works itself out as the story unfolds and easily took me into a subject I was not too familiar with and educated me along the way. Nice pace. I would have given it 5 stars except for my initial confusion.

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