Friday, March 6, 2015
The Fall by John Lescroart
Though I was able to predict the outcome by the end of the first couple of chapters, I still very much enjoyed this entertaining legal thriller that featured Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, trying her first murder case.
A 17-year-old African American girl falls (is thrown?) from a parapet onto the tarmac below a roadway tunnel, is struck by a car, and killed. Because of racial unrest in the city, a white suspect is quickly identified and arrested in a move by the police and prosecutor to show that crimes against the black community are taken very seriously. The accused perpetrator, Greg Treadway, is a 27-year-old middle school teacher and CASA volunteer who had ties to the victim. Sensing an overly zealous and quick rush to judgement, Rebecca Hardy takes the role of defense attorney to prevent a miscarriage of justice.
This is a more complicated situation than first meets the eye and the reader is drawn into the preparation for the trial and the courtroom testimony and legal maneuvering by both sides as the drama plays out. What will the verdict be?
I really enjoyed this legal thriller and will continue to follow this series and author.
Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for the e-book ARC to review.