A troubled teenager shoots up a high school baseball game, killing and wounding many. Families are devastated and the community is outraged. To ambitious deputy district attorney Lindy Field, the case looks like a slam dunk.

But the deeper Lindy looks into the case, the more something smells rotten, and the ghosts of her tragic childhood won't let her rest until she's exposed all the garbage. But someone seems willing to cheat and even kill to guarantee the maximum sentence for the accused. The mess forces Lindy and others to examine their souls under God's microscope.

Bell renders a powerful mix of mystery, suspense and courtroom drama. Through the eyes of emotionally engaging characters, he deftly and soothingly explores an incendiary issue. Riveting plot twists make this one of the best courtroom suspense novels of the year. (Apr., 320 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson