Pub. Date: February 2007
Judge Carey Moore has a tough job, and has to make even tougher calls. Sometimes they aren't the ones that the general populace wants to hear. After making a ruling in favor of a feared, and despised killer, she unknowingly sets off a chain events that threaten her life. Detectives, Kovak and Liska, now need to get to the bottom of who is behind the attack on Judge Moore, while trying to catch the killer she ruled in favor of, as he has now escaped custody.
Ms. Hoag is an author who has quickly become one of my favorites. She can weave a wonderful thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, while making you chuckle with the witty dialog her characters speak. She writes characters that are easy to bond with in numerous ways. You will love them, or hate them (depending on which she is going for). Ms. Hoag also finds room for a little romance, without letting it detract from the overall plot.
Like most of Ms. Hoag's novels that I have had the pleasure of reading, I found myself reading to all hours of the night, and trying to fit in more reading at the most unbelievable times. This was a very hard novel to put down. It had my attention from the beginning and didn't let go until the last page. I enjoyed the characters so much that I even wanted a few more chapters to enlighten me on what became of them after the mystery was solved. This isn't to say that the novel left the reader feeling deserted on the last page, because that certainly isn't the case. Not the a sequel would not please me.
Ms. Hoag is a remarkable author with a gift that I am glad she shares with those willing to pick up her books. This was one of her many masterpieces.
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