The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Presumed Innocent and The Last Trial returns with a riveting legal thriller in which a reckless private detective is embroiled in a fraught police scandal.
For as long as Lucia Gomez has been the police chief in the city of Highland Isle, near Kindle County, she has known that any woman in law enforcement must walk a precarious line between authority and camaraderie to gain respect. She has maintained a spotless reputation—until now. Three male police officers have accused her of soliciting sex in exchange for promotions to higher ranks. With few people left who she can trust, Chief Gomez turns to an old friend, Rik Dudek, to act as her attorney in the federal grand jury investigation, insisting to Rik that the accusations against her are part of an ugly smear campaign designed to destroy her career and empower her enemies—both outside the police force and within..
Clarice “Pinky” Granum spent most of her youth experimenting with an impressive array of drugs and failing out of various professions, including the police academy. Pinky knows that in the eyes of most people, she's nothing but a screwup—but she doesn't trust most people's opinions anyway. Moreover, she finally has a respectable-enough job as a licensed P.I. working for Rik on his roster of mostly minor cases, like workman's comp, DUIs and bar fights. Rik's shabby office and even shabbier cases are a far cry from the kinds of high-profile criminal matters Pinky became familiar with in the law office of her grandfather, Sandy Stern. But Rik and Pinky feel that Chief Gomez’s case, which has attracted national attention, is their chance to break into the legal big leagues.
Guided by her gut instinct and razor-sharp investigative skills, Pinky dives headfirst into a twisted scandal that will draw her into the deepest recesses of the city’s criminal networks, as well as the human mind. But she will need every scrap of tenacity and courage to unravel the dark secrets those closest to her are determined to keep hidden.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Scott Turow debuts a new spitfire of a heroine in this riveting legal thriller. The magenta-haired, tattooed, bisexual PI Clarice “Pinky” Granum is working routine investigations for a small-time lawyer when she gets tangled up in a case involving a police officer who’s been accused of using sexual favors to advance her career. But things get complicated when someone involved is murdered, revealing a bigger conspiracy than Pinky could have imagined. We loved reading Pinky’s snarky commentary, especially when it comes to the eccentric cast of characters surrounding her. A particular highlight is her relationship with a next-door neighbor she dubs TWO (a.k.a. The Weird One), which is somehow both odd and endearing. If you’re looking for a millennial twist on the traditional courtroom thriller, don’t pass up this explosive installment in Turow’s long-running Kindle County series.
Fledgling PI Clarice "Pinky" Granum, the narrator of bestseller Turow's disappointing 12th legal thriller bordering Illinois's fictitious Kindle County (after 2020's The Last Trial), works for attorney Rik Dudek. Pinky, the granddaughter of series regular Sandy Stern, who retired in The Last Trial, is assisting Rik on the case of a client, Highland Isle police chief Lucia Gomez-Barrera. Three male subordinates have accused Gomez-Barrera of offering them promotions in return for sex. With criminal charges still being considered, the local Police and Fire Commission has moved ahead with disciplinary hearings that could result in Gomez-Barrera's termination. Pinky's digging into the chief's accusers coincides with her growing fascination with a hunky neighbor's eccentric and reclusive habits. The central plot doesn't compel, despite its connection to a murder midway through the book, and the unconventional Pinky—a former drug addict and police academy flameout with a pierced nose—comes across as more of a stereotype than a real person. Even devoted Turow fans will hope this is the last they see of Pinky.
4/5 stars Hal R
Page Turner Almost to the End
Good read and captivating but towards the end turns into questionable deductions, insights and not believable reactions.
Not very good— this was not a thriller. More like a novel revolving around Pinky, the PI. Very disappointing.