innocent young man, defense attorney Paul Madriani uncovers a morass of
corruption and greed that leads to the highest levels of political power
in this electrifying tale of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Steve Martini.
One of the most successful
lawyers in the country, Olinda Serna is a master at managing money as
well as her influential clients. After years of fierce combat in the
political trenches, Serna knows all the dirty secrets, where the bodies
are buried, and how deeply they are stacked. When she’s killed in a
roadside crash in the high desert of Southern California, powerful heads
in Washington begin to panic, worried that their secrets may not be
Alex Ives, a friend of Paul
Madriani’s daughter, is accused of vehicular manslaughter in Serna’s
death. Ives claims he had only one drink on the night of the accident,
yet he can’t remember anything between the time he left for a party
north of San Diego and the moment he woke up in a hospital the next
morning. He’s still dazed and a little bruised, but also obviously very
afraid. After all, a woman is dead, and he’s sure he didn’t kill her.
To save an innocent young man’s
life, the brilliant defense attorney must uncover everything he can
about Serna and her clients—no matter how unsavory—a search that will
lead him into a vortex of corruption, and at its center, a devious
killer poised to strike again.