First of three books about Maryland Prosecutor Gardner Lawson. If you like courtroom fireworks as two enemies faceoff you’ll like this one. Good all the way through.
The six year old son of a Russian diplomat is killed in the woods. The man charged is T.J.Justice, a pedophile. He was charged with the murder of a child in Kansas but released on a technicality.
Gardner Lawson with the help of Assistant D.A. Jennifer Mundy are prosecuting the case and it’s not the slam dunk it appears. The defense attorny is Kent King. The two hate each other and Lawson doesn’t say why. King is a smarmy guy and no trick is above or below him. The Judge is a golfing buddy of his but starts to lose patience with the back and forth sniping between King and Lawson.
King has a sleazy investigator tracking down witnesses in favor of his client and fooling them into signing statements. He just skirts the lines of illegality. Lab technician Sgt.Joe Brown risks his job to help Lawson.
Through it all Lawson has to deal with a vindictive ex-wife and a neurotic girlfriend. These elements could have been soapy but Warfield doesn’t go there.
Unbeknownst to anyone a drone at the State Department has been told to keep an eye on the Soviets. All of a suden the recent thaw in relations is freezing up again. His superiors tell him he can stop his investigation. He keeps a personal file anyway.
The courtroom scenes are very well done and fans of legal thrillers will enjoy it. The two other books in the series are “Silent Sam” (1995) and “Raising Cain” (1998).