Onyx, April 2002, 6.99, 352 pp.
After being dumped by her fiancÚ two weeks before their wedding, Wisconsin attorney Ann Monroe buries herself in her work and doesn't give a thought to dating again. Her latest client, Bill Robinson, the victim of gay bashing, wants her to try his case in civil court since he lost in a jury trial and his attackers went free. Ann looks at the court records, but wonders how anti-gay people were placed on the jury with neither the judge nor the prosecutor recusing them.
Another client of Ann's, a Planned Parenthood clinic, comes under attack from a group of extreme religious fundamentalists Lambs of God. Preacher Charles Tremaine, an enemy of Ann, leads these zealots. She tries to thwart him once again, but she becomes a target of attack from a sub-group within the main church. A frustrated Ann calls upon her friends for help and they come up with links between the two cases that puts the lives of Ann and her allies in danger.
Fans of Nancy Taylor Rosenberg will definitely want to read Nancy Kopp's latest legal thrill FINAL JUSTICE. The heroine is a strong woman who doesn't let fear get in her way from doing the right things even if it means wearing rubber underwear. Her support allies are equally admirable though Charles and his horde pale in comparison. Although the author provides an extremely exciting novel, there is a clear social message about hate crimes that Ms. Kopp cleverly works into the plot.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner