The death penalty takes center stage in this tale of treachery, deceit and miscarriage of justice. Stewart turns her attention to every law enforcement person's nightmare -- the wrong individual being executed for a crime. Her fans will be delighted at the return of the Mancini special task force and the Shields family, whose heartwrenching saga has been outlined in prior novels. This is another thriller with that patented Stewart flair.
The disappearance and presumed murder of Shannon Randall led
to the execution of fellow teenager Eric Beale for her death. The discovery of Shannon's recently murdered body
more than two decades later causes a firestorm. FBI agent Dorsey Collins is notified, since her now-retired father helped convict Beale. Determined to uncover what really happened, Dorsey agrees
to work unofficially with John Mancini's special task force.
Returning to duty after a scandal involving his brother, special agent Andrew Shields tries to put together
the pieces. Andrew and Dorsey quickly learn that old sins cast long and deadly shadows. (BALLANTINE, Jun., 344 pp., $6.99)