This is an interesting novel of legal procedure. It is not really a thriller as the plot moves slowly and systematically and there is only one scene of suspense. The story follows the work of a government prosecutor on one hand and a disbarred woman who gets involved in the case on the other hand. The narrative alternates stories so we see how situations progress for both of them. The character development is well done. All of the major characters had interactions in the past that affect the present legal proceedings. I like Devlin as the heroine though she didn't solve the issue as much as the solution fell to her. Even so, I will be looking for the next novel featuring her.
This is a good novel for readers who like ones of legal procedure where the plot is more about the characters than investigation or suspense. Readers of John Grisham would like this novel.
My rating: 4/5 stars
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Sage Webb practiced criminal defense for over a decade before turning to fiction. She is the author of two novels and the recipient of numerous literary awards in the U.S. and U.K., including second place in the Hackney Literary Awards. Her short stories have appeared in Texas anthologies and literary reviews. In 2020, Michigan’s Mackinac State Historic Parks named her an artist in residence. She belongs to International Thriller Writers and PEN America, and lives with her husband, a ship’s cat, and a boat dog on a sailboat in Galveston Bay.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)