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The perceptive voice of defense attorney Mickey Hatcher leads the reader into a case of murder and kidnapping that happened twenty-four years ago.
Mickey, has been a well thought of defense attorney but now he's asked to work on this case as a prosecutor. Jason Jessup has been in prison for twenty-four years for the crime of kidnapping and murder but is granted a retrial based on new DNA evidence.
Mickey is joined by Harry Bosch of the LAPD to be his investigator. Harry must review the evidence and attempt to find a key witness, the victim's sister, Sarah who was age thirteen when the crime was committed.
Celebrity defense attorney Clive Rivas defends Jessup and relishes his moments in front of news and TV reporters. Jessup feels that he will be set free and make millions of dollars from a book deal.
The novel does a nice job in dealing with the grievous subject of child kidnapping and murder. Both Harry and Mickey had teenage daughters themselves and the fact that Jessup is out on bail, we see the determination of the legal authorites to make sure that Jessup doesn't commit more crimes while Harry and Mickey attempt to prove that Jessup was guilty in a second trial.
Harry, Mickey and Sarah are sympathetic characters who are well described and generate feelings of hope for the reader. The novel provides an entertaining read and the outcome was logical and justified.