A CONFLICT OF INTEREST
A CONFLICT OF INTEREST (4) by Anna Adams: After Dr. Maria Keaton testifies against a client in court and is accused of sexual misconduct, she's suspended and worried about losing her career. Desperate for support in a town that's suddenly turned against her, she relies on judge Jake Sloan for help. Initially unsure of Maria's innocence, Jake quickly comes to believe in her. But their budding relationship is put to the test when Jake learns his own daughter was a patient of Maria's. Adams nicely depicts complex psychological issues with sensitivity. In addition, the hurt, worry and confusion that assail Maria and Jake come through quite clearly.