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Reviewed by Stephen Brayton for Readers' Favorite
1991: Jack Tobin, successful attorney, considers doing something else with his life other than the practice of law. 1993: A serial killer is terrorizing the college campus in Oakville, Florida. Detective Danielle Jansen suspects one of the students, Thomas Felton. After a couple more deaths, including that of the police chief's wife, Felton is arrested for murder. 2001: Jack Tobin has switched to defending death row clients gratis but accepts a case to help a basketball player at the Oakville campus from being charged with rape. He also begins a short-lived affair with Jansen who is close to retirement. 2003: Tobin agrees to help Felton, who is scheduled to die in six weeks' time. What he discovers sets off a chain reaction that will put Tobin himself on trial and uncover secrets buried for eight years.
This is a difficult story to summarize because to tell anymore would be to give away too much. This is basically three stories put into one: the serial killer investigation; Tobin's case with Felton; and Tobin's own trial. I had actually expected a couple of the minor characters to play a bigger role in later events, but I enjoyed the courtroom battles. I liked the give and take, the strategies from each side, the objections and the judge's personality. This is a long story, but one I thought worthwhile to listen to. The author understands the intricacies of the courtroom and provides enough ambiance to draw in the reader to the scenes. Just enough thrill to entice me; just enough mystery to keep me interested; a little romance; and a well-built story to provide provoking courtroom scenes.