Marsella's second novel has surprising twists. If the opening weren't so difficult to accept, the mystery could be a well-constructed, fast-paced read. The dialogue is snappy and the secondary characters are distinct and original. But the female attorneys who star in the series are hard to identify with. The story begins with one picking a drunken man off the floor of a bar and helping him to his car so he can drive to her place for a one-night stand. From that point on, it's hard to feel empathy for the character.