Mira, Jan 2002, 6.50, 408 pp.
Following a successful family court case, attorney Kate Logan is accosted by a desperate Jessica Van Dyke. The police believe Jessica's fiancÚ Todd Buchanan killed his wife Molly two years ago in a Northern Virginia motel.
Refusing to hang around and be arrested, Todd fled.
Having seen Kate on a CNN interview, Todd is willing to surrender to law enforcement officials if Kate defends him in court. Though she desperately needs the money, Kate worries about a conflict of interest, as the victim was the sister of her boyfriend Mitch Calhoon. Learning a bit more about the case, Kate decides an innocent man has lost two years of his life while the guilty party remains free. She accepts the case unaware of the danger her decision brings to her from an unknown assailant who prefers the status quo.
MOMENT OF TRUTH is an exciting legal thriller with strong doses of romantic suspense elements cleverly intertwined into the plot. The story line is loaded with action that mostly focuses on the idealistic Kate trying to balance the need to make a living with the needs of her clients. The secondary characters such as her daughter and her boyfriend enable the audience to understand Kate and her motives. As with another Kate starring vehicle, SUSPICION, Christiane Heggan provides fans with an entertaining tale that never slows down but also never skimps on the cast. Hopefully readers Ms. Heggan will provide legal thriller and romantic suspense readers with another Logan's run.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner