Miami attorney Gail Connor gets trapped in a case that is way over her head. Elderly Ruby Smith believes that her grandson Kenny Ray Clark is innocent of the murder for which he was convicted 12 years ago. With an execution date approaching, Ruby begs Gail to get new evidence introduced to prove Kenny's innocence. Gail's newly restored fiancé, Anthony Quintana, informs her that such an appeal is nearly impossible, especially under the time pressures.

Gail vows to at least look into the veracity of the new evidence. She discovers evidence was indeed suppressed by the police at the time of trial and Kenny's court-appointed counsel was incompetent. So who really killed Amber Lynn Dodson and her baby all those years ago and why?

The answers lead Gail uncomfortably close to her own family. Knowing how important this case has become to Gail, Anthony reluctantly agrees to throw all of his expertise and support behind the effort. However, time and the court system are against them. Uncovering the truth may not be enough to save Kenny.

In this former Top Pick, Parker pulls out all the stops in this incredibly transfixing and thought-provoking legal thriller. Considering the prevalence of death penalty in the U.S., this book couldn't be more timely. (Jan., 368 pp., $7.50) Hardcover published September 2001.

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith