By: Adam Mitzner
Illustrated By: Jae Song
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: April 2015
Reviewed By: Kristi Benedict
Review Date: April 24, 2015
At one of the most high profile law firms called Cromwell Altman in New York City, Aaron Littman is living the life most only dream of. He has enjoyed a widely successful career representing some well known A-listers, along with a happy home life with a beautiful wife and two teenage daughters. All was good in his life. However, one mistake that Aaron thought no one knew about was going to come back to haunt him and quite possibly ruin his life and career. In an act of passion Aaron found himself in an affair with a well known judge named Faith Nichols. After a couple of months of secretly meeting at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, the affair was abruptly cut off and Aaron honestly thought that would be the end of it.
Unfortunately the next client Aaron is asked to represent is Nicolai Garkov who is accused of laundering millions of dollars and also might be connected to the Russian mafia. When the request is first made Aaron immediately says no but is then told that Garkov has information about the affair Aaron had that he threatens to let out if he does not agree to be his lawyer. Against his better judgment Aaron reluctantly agrees thinking that he does not want to ruin everything he has worked so hard for over one mistake. To make matters worse the judge presiding over this case is none other than Faith Nichols herself and it now becomes disgustingly clear why Garkov pushed so hard for Aaron to be his lawyer - he is blackmailing him.
Thinking that it would be in both his and Faith’s best interest to warn her, Aaron tries to call Faith on a prepaid phone but she sneers at anything he has to say. Feeling completely defeated Aaron heads home to his family but the next morning he receives startling news - Faith was found dead in Central Park. Aaron realizes that if his secret ever got out he could potentially become a suspect in her murder.
This was an invigorating novel that had twists and turns with every page that had me on the edge of my seat with every chapter. I immensely enjoy books that have a plot right from the very beginning and in order to get every part of the book a reader has to start from the first page to understand all of the intricate details that lead to major climaxes of the story. I personally enjoy having a plot that is somewhat hard to explain to someone else because there are that many twists and turns in it. In turn I think that makes for such a great read and this novel definitely does that. Author Adam Mitzner creates a perfect blend of mystery and court room justice that had me glued to every page and definitely interested in checking out his other novels.
Quill says: With an intriguing plot and exciting unexpected twists this novel will satisfy any mystery lover.