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Since his wife's death three years ago, attorney Michael Ryan's career has gone downhill. His relationship with his son, never good, has deteriorated into total estrangement. When his son is murdered, and his daughter-in-law accused of killing him, Ryan meets with prosecutors to demand that she be prosecuted as vigorously as possible and given no breaks.
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Then Jennifer Kneeland Ryan appeals to Michael Ryan to defend her. As she presents her side of the story, his certainty of her guilt is diminished. As he probes into his son's business dealings, he becomes convinced that his failure as a father is complete Ned Ryan was apparently a crook who cheated customers and partners.

During the course of the trial, Michael Ryan's belief in Jennifer's innocence waxes and wanes. Jennifer, it turns out, has lied to her defense team. The prosecution makes the most of facts the defense did not know existed. Ryan is ready to drop the case several times, and only the reminder from his associate, Kassia Miller, that an attorney has a responsibility to give his client the best defense possible - regardless of his belief in her innocence - keeps him on the job.

The list of possible suspects grows as Ryan finds out more and more about his son's business and personal life.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   30% Murder of certain profession?    -   "All in the family" murder Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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