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  • Mar 21, 2011
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In the close knit community of Chatham, MA. young men are being murdered without logical reason and with nothing other than location, to tie them together.

Martha "Marty" Nickerson is an assistant DA in Cape Cod. She feels a high level of accomplishment when the jury finds Manuel Rodriguez guilty of killing college student Michael Scott.

With the guilty verdict in, there is a sense of relief with the community but before Marty can relax another young man is murdered. When an autopsy is done, this man has roman numeral II on his chest. Marty wonders how this could be when the killer is already in jail.

Sometimes there are close connections when a case develops and Marty is friendly with this victim's family so another attorney in her office takes over.

Wondering how she can help, Marty is asked by the defense attorney if she'd go with him to visit the man accused of the second killing. When Marty gets the details it appears that his man is being set up. She tells her boss, Geraldine Schilling, who is furious and the next day, Schilling accuses Marty of working with the defense to undermine the prosecutor's case.

We see the politics of the legal system and a person, in Schilling, who is putting her career before justice. Marty is an admirable attorney who states that her first obligation is to justice.

I enjoyed the story but found it more cute than suspenseful. Marty was somewhat unique for a prosecuting attorney but much of the material here has been done before.

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March 21, 2011
Sounds just OK to me. Too much really good material out there to bother with this one, Mike. Nice review.
 
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Marty Nickerson is a dedicated prosecutor for the DA's office on Cape Cod. As this debut novel opens, she is wrapping up a murder case, with absolute certainty that the defendant is guilty. When a similar murder occurs the day after the trial ends, she's still certain that the state has its man. But public defender Harry Madigan, an attorney whom Mary admires, is convinced the opposite is true. The reader is privy to Ms. Nickerson's thought process as she sifts and resifts through evidence, considers …
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Unlike many legal thrillers, which suffer from excess verbiage or rely on obscure legal maneuverings, Connors's first novel offers sleek, straightforward entertainment. A year after a horrific murder (a young man was bludgeoned and mutilated), prosecuting attorney Martha "Marty" Nickerson of Chatham on Cape Cod successfully secures the conviction of Manuel Rodriguez for the crime. For Nickerson, an assistant DA for more than a decade, the conviction is fully satisfying until a second murder, disturbingly similar to the first, occurs. The arrest of a likely suspect for the second crime isn't enough to quiet her growing doubts. She soon finds herself in conflict with her ambitious boss, Geraldine Schilling, and, surprisingly, in league with her frequent adversary, defense attorney Harry Madigan. A single mom raising a teenage son and coping with her ex's belated efforts to forge a bond with his long-ignored son, Nickerson is bright, determined, competent. Her unease turns to dread as her suspicion grows that at least one innocent man has been convicted and more young men will die if the law, rather than justice, is served. To pursue the truth, Nickerson must put her career at risk, alienating her mentor and putting herself outside the very system she has depended on. Connors wrings a fair amount of suspense from her appealing heroine's predicament and shows considerable flair in producing a solution to the crimes. Readers will swiftly devour this swift-paced debut.
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ISBN-10: 0743448812
ISBN-13: 978-0743448819
Author: Rose Connors
Publisher: Pocket Star

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