This is the second book in a legal thriller series featuring lawyer Robin Lockwood, but I did not read the previous book. It is fine as a standalone, however.
Robin is a young partner in a small firm in Portland, Oregon handling criminal matters. A young woman, Randi Stark, employs Robin as her lawyer in a rape case, in which there is DNA evidence identifying the assailant as Blaine Hastings Jr. He is sent to jail rather quickly, but then a second rape occurs and the DNA matches that of the previous rape. Yet Blaine has been in prison.
A battle over evidence and clients ensues between the District Attorney and the various lawyers involved with the rapes. Meanwhile, there have been some recent murders that seem somehow connected.
As Robin closes in on the answers, her own life is in danger, and the tension builds for answers before more people die.
Evalution: I thought some of the “bad guys” were a little too evil, but what do I know? I lead a fairly sheltered life, whereas the author formerly worked as a lawyer specializing in criminal defense. At any rate, the premise is great and the story definitely keeps you turning the pages! There really isn’t much about legal procedure in this book; the emphases are on the mystery and thriller aspects.
Published by Minotaur Books, 2019