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In suburban Georgetown, a killer's Reeboks whisper on the floor of a posh home. In a seedy D.C. porno house, a patron is swiftly garroted to death. The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief.
To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it's political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder-a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds that there is only one person-an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak hotter than Watergate-she can trust to help her piece together the deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the White House's inner sanctums, a violent cover-up is being engineered. For someone has read Darby's brief-someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthinkable crime.
"Gripping... a genuine page-turner. Grisham is a skillful craftsman."—New York Times Book Review.
"Grisham has done it again!"—Chicago Tribune.
"A fast-paced thriller…it's got the unmistakable Grisham style—conspiracy in high places, evil and innocent lawyers, assassins and a plot that will keep you reading into the small hours of the morning."—Cincinnati Post
“Superb drama . . . page-turning escapism at its best.”—New York Law Journal
“A first-class thriller.”—Chattanooga Times Free Press
“There is a propulsiveness to [Grisham’s] narrative that keeps the pages turning briskly.”—People