Synopsis: In the bestselling tradition of Defending Jacob, this taut legal thriller follows the trail of a man determined to protect his community—and his family—at any cost.
Sometimes a simple walk in the woods can lead you down the deadliest of trails…
When birdwatcher Cassandra Randall stumbles upon two men digging what appears to be a grave in a state park, she immediately reports it to the authorities. Federal prosecutor Nick Davis is initially incredulous about her claims, but he agrees to investigate. To his surprise, the far-fetched account turns up a body, and Nick is drawn into a case that will shake both his morals and his personal life to their very core.
One body quickly leads to another. The danger Cassandra has uncovered is just the beginning of a game of deadly stakes that implicates small-time drug dealers, petty thieves turned murderers, domestic abuse perpetrators, child pornographers, the highest offices of the legal system…and a criminal who is closer to Davis than he can even imagine.
First Line: I don't honestly expect to find a body.
Random Quote: "If I may," Dorsey says. He reaches into one of the black garbage bags and takes out an evidence bag that was right on the top. "One of the smallest packages," he says. It is a Ziploc quart bag with a human hand inside, severed about three inches above the wrist. Something travels down my spine and spreads out and dissipates, but then I'm fine. The hand is covered with frost; Dorsey holds it up and tells me to look closely. I do. I see the green-black ink of a home (or prison) tattoo job. It is a square divided into four smaller squares, like a window made up of four panes.
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Review: The plot of Indefensible is a decent one and it moves along as a thriller should, but the writing in this book is really clunky, perhaps because of the first person narrative. Our hero, Nick Davis, is an aging player and lawyer who spends big chunks of the books hitting on various women, thinking about hitting on various women, and being proud of himself for his brief periods of parenting his teenaged daughter. When a woman he was attracted to and hit on is murdered, he takes it upon himself to pursue justice in her name. Character development is likewise clunky and the whole thing, despite its plot, left me feeling "meh." Not a great read, not a terrible read, but certainly an easy read.
FTC Disclosure: Advance copy from the publisher for review
Publishing Information: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - June 3, 2014