Death Row inmate Rommy Gandolph insists he's innocent-and new evidence has convinced his court-appointed attorney. Once a skeptic, Kindle County corporate lawyer Arthur Raven is now a fervent crusader. But in the world of criminal law he's a rookie squaring off against a D.A. determined to prove she's right, a female judge who served time for taking bribes, and the original detective on the case eager to seal Rommy's doom. The battles are hard-fought and more vicious than anything Raven has ever imagined. Because when the state has the power to kill, everything is life or death.