By Phillip Margolin

Amanda Jaffe used to be a emerging superstar in Portland's felony group until eventually her good publicized conflict with an excellent sociopath—ironically the trial that made her famous—left her traumatized, jam-packed with self-doubt, and cautious of the limelight. yet now she's agreed to address a case not anyone else will touch.

Her purchaser, Jon Dupre, runs an upscale call-girl provider and stands accused of murdering a high-profile U.S. senator. To Amanda, Dupre's tale of an ultra-secret society of tremendous strong, risky, politically encouraged males feels like a criminal's determined try to break out justice. yet by surprise too many vital everyone is pressuring her to drop the case . . . and too many of us are dying.

But Amanda won't give up back to her worry. To get her lifestyles again, she'll stick to this lethal juggernaut of an research anyplace it leads her: to the graveyard, into the depths of hell . . . or to the top workplace within the land.

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If I gave you my autograph you’d have the ability to promote it and retire. Who’d do my forensic paintings? ” Baylor laughed as Amanda took a stack of images out of the envelope and passed them to him. “Jail team of workers took those correct after Wendell Hayes was once stabbed to loss of life. What do you're making of those cuts? ” Baylor shuffled in the course of the photos, preventing to review a few of them longer than others. “They’re security wounds,” Baylor stated while he was once prepared. “When you will have a homicidal assault with a knife, the victim’s wounds will typically be deep or lengthy and haphazardly spaced. You’re going to discover cuts just like the ones within the images at the victim’s palms, palms, fingers, and forearms, simply because he’s going to throw up his fingers and forearms instantly to push back the assault, or he’ll attempt to seize the weapon. That’s what we've got right here. an extended deep minimize at the forearm, a slice at the webbing of the hand, and cuts at the arms and hands. ” “Is there any manner that the individual wielding the knife can have got these wounds? ” “Sure, if this was once a knife struggle the place either humans have been armed or one individual misplaced the knife and the opposite individual acquired it for some time. yet these wounds have been acquired by way of a person who used to be being attacked. ” “Very attention-grabbing. ” “Not to me. They’re precisely what I’d anticipate finding on Wendell’s palms and fingers. ” “Oh, I agree there. in simple terms those palms and arms belong to Jon Dupre. ” Frank Jaffe labored in a spacious nook place of work embellished with antiques, which was once primarily unchanged because the company was once based presently after his commencement from legislation tuition over thirty years in the past. whilst Amanda rapped on Frank’s doorjamb, he appeared up from a short. “Do you've gotten a minute, Dad? ” Frank placed down his pen and leaned again. “For you, constantly. ” Amanda threw herself onto a chair that stood sooner than Frank’s mammoth table and informed her father approximately Dupre’s violent response while she instructed that he may be responsible of the Hayes and Travis murders and approximately best friend Bennett’s statement that Senator Travis had attacked Lori Andrews. ultimately she advised her father approximately her assembly with Paul Baylor. “What’s your take? ” Frank requested whilst Amanda used to be via. “Those protection wounds trouble me. Dupre used to be handled for them instantly after his arrest within the traveling room. ” “Any probability they’re self-inflicted? ” Frank requested. “Why may he lower himself? ” “To model a self-defense argument in a case that’s most unlikely to win the other method. ” “Who could think Dupre, Dad? ” “No one. that is the matter you’re going to have attempting to promote this idea to a jury. The logical cause of these cuts is that Dupre introduced the shiv into the traveling room and Hayes in some way bought the knife clear of him and stabbed Dupre in self-defense. ahead of you could argue that Dupre acted in self-defense, you’re going to need to turn out that Hayes smuggled the shiv in, which offers one other challenge. What purpose might Hayes in all probability need to assault Dupre? ” “What intent did Jon need to kill Hayes? ” Amanda countered. “Don’t omit the repair Dupre used to be in while Hayes got here to the penitentiary.

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