By Jonnie Jacobs
Scrupulous San Francisco safeguard legal professional Kali O'Brien understands tips on how to play the chances in a method the place truth will be shaded. regardless of apassion for justice that does not enable for compromise, her most up-to-date case is casting doubt at the one precept she loved such a lot: absolutely the useless simple task that her patron is telling the reality. Grady Barrett, a prosperous desktop multi-millionaire married to Kali's ally, has been arraigned within the rape of Deirdre Nicholas. no matter if the intercourse used to be consensual, that does not acquit him, in Kali's eyes, of an indiscretion that has shattered his marriage, and additional eroded his doubtful acceptance as a guy of precept. particularly within the shadow of Deirdre's vibrant, emotional, and carefully convincing deposition--damning testimony that Barrett keeps is a shrewdpermanent and manipulative internet of lies spun to catch him. regardless of his pleas of innocence, Kali's instincts inform her that Barrett might be as responsible as sin. Then Deirdre plunges to her dying from a second-story balcony. a sad coincidence? Or cold-blooded homicide? Now, sure to a shopper she is afraid to belief, Kali reveals herself straddling the razor-sharp line among crime and punishment. it is not lengthy ahead of she reveals her personal lifestyles in jeopardy as a veil of lies is lifted, and the pasts of every person from sufferer to victimizer, from illicit lover to faithless buddy, spread with their very own provocative surprises.
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Marc spread his hands, shrugged. "Besides," I said testily, "date rape is the real thing. " "You know what I mean. " Marc shook his head. "I don't know. We didn't get much chance to talk. He's coming by the office about four. " "No. " "Or a felony conviction," I added. " "Not yet. " I bet he would, I thought. "I'm glad this trial is over, Kali. Grady's going to need help. " I nodded, fighting the uneasy feeling that had gripped me like a vise. The person I was most worried about wasn't Grady, however; it was Nina.
So why did it hurt so much? Stop it, I told myself, dumping my briefcase onto the bed. Time to let go of what you can't change. I set my plate and wineglass on the dresser and kicked off my shoes. Feeling guilty about the exercise class I'd skipped, I did a hundred sit-ups, thirty push-ups -- women's variety -- and touched my toes, barely. Then I plopped on the bed, picked up my wine, and called Marc. " I asked without preliminaries. " "Quite a show, complete with footage of Ms. " His voice sounded more nasal than usual, and he was breathing quickly, as though he'd been doing exercises himself.
Well, dear, I certainly hope not. " I delivered the evening's civics lesson with a smile. " Actually, I found it pretty hard to be a white knight in most situations. And the burden of representing someone who was truly innocent was heavy indeed. "Anyway," I told them, "it's not really my case. " They seemed oddly disappointed. "You got a call a bit ago," Dotty said suddenly. "A Mr. " She gave me a coy smile. "Only to wish you sweet dreams. " I choked at the thought. "He was suing one of my clients.