Everything seems backwards with this case: a lawyer falls victim to a crime, the police seem to be advocating for the wrong side of the law, and young attorney Leo Maxwell is forced to do an investigator’s job in pursuit of the man who tried to kill his brother.
Leo had been raised by his older brother, Teddy, a top criminal lawyer both renowned and notorious for his talent and ruthlessness. Though different in character and viewpoint, Leo always tried to emulate Teddy, striving to be recognized by his brother as a fellow lawyer in his own right.
The two are at lunch when Teddy, supposed to give the closing argument of his current trial that afternoon, is shot—in public, in the middle of the bar. But the shooter escapes without Leo catching even a glimpse of him. While Teddy lies in a coma, Leo searches for the shooter, soon realizing that the list of possible suspects is much larger than he could have possibly imagined.
About the Author
R. C. BRAY has performed Off-Broadway in New York City, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and many stages in between. In addition to audiobooks, his work is heard in promos for The Biography Channel, A&E and CNBC. He lives in New England.
LACHLAN SMITH was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and received an MFA from Cornell. His fiction has appeared in the Best New American Voices series. In addition to writing novels, he is an attorney practicing in the area of civil rights and employment law.
“Powerful legal thriller debut . . . grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go. . . . Assured prose and taut plotting add up to a winner.”
—Publishers Weekly [HC starred review]
“Bray delivers his reading in a clear, pleasant, and mostly reportorial voice. . . . A fine . . . performance.”
“Sensitive, ingenious, and suspenseful. A series is promised and very welcome indeed.”
“Engaging debut . . . features well-drawn if somewhat unlikable characters and enough plot twists to please any mystery fan.”
“A debut novel that reads as if the writer has toiled at his craft for ages. . . . You will find yourself pulling for [Leo Maxwell]—and more importantly, strongly hoping he survives for a second installment.”
“This debut San Francisco noir is so atmospheric you can practically hear the cable cars and fog horns on the bay. . . . R.C. Bray performs skillfully.”
“Bray was an easy voice to listen to. . . . A solid debut.”
—A Bookworm’s World
“Muscular and engaging. . . . Reminiscent of early John Grisham or later-career Michael Connell. . . . An excellent springboard for a series.”