Putnam, Jan 2002, 24.95, 288 pp.
Kate Baneberry, tired after a long day of jury duty, only wants to get home, eat and go to bed. She manages to convince herself that nobody is in the house with her after hearing strange noises. The next day she is taken to the hospital suffering from symptoms of food poisoning and with treatment she seems to be on the road to recovery until she suffers an unexpected fatal heart attack.
Kate's daughter Sheri hires Alabama attorney Tom McInnes to investigate why her mother died when she showed signs of a full recovery. Once Tom takes the case his life changes dramatically. He's followed everywhere he goes by very dangerous looking men, an arrest warrant is issued with his name on it and he attends a bar hearing to see if he's still able to practice law. All his problems will go away if he just drops the case but Tom is a crusader who won't rest until justice is served.
Fans of John Grisham's THE FIRM will find this novel even more exciting and stimulating because it doesn't look like the hero is going to obtain justice for his client or himself. MIKE Stewart is a natural born storyteller as evidenced by his work A CLEAN KILL that keeps readers turning the pages to see what happens next.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner