Forge, Jul 2003, 25.95, 416 pp.
San Antonio District Attorney Chris Sinclair accompanies his girlfriend psychiatrist Anne Greenwald on a visit to her estranged father, Morris, notorious for his questionable dealings in Texas politics and government. Fortunately Chris' teenage daughter who resides with him is staying with her grandparents for the weekend. Chris and Anne are a bit surprised when they arrive at Morris' home to find her former fiancÚ, Ben Sewell, there.
The unthinkable happens when Ben is murdered before their eyes.
Chris swears he saw the victim kill himself while Anne is one hundred percent certain she saw someone shoot Ben, but the cops let that person go free. Anne and Chris disagree as to what happened even as the police arrest Morris for the homicide. Though the case has caused a schism between them, their love helps them form a bond to find the proof that her father is not the killer, but their investigation takes them into the highest levels of Lone Star society.
Fans who enjoy a political legal thriller will want to read SLIVER MOON. The story line focuses on how two intelligent witnesses see the same inncident so differently. When the tale stays within the frame, it is a powerful story that leaves readers to question what he or she sees (in a gestalt way). When the plot veers into high stakes conspiracy, it retains its excitement, but loses some of the cerebral edge. Still Jay Brandon provides a deep novel that will remain with the audience long afterward as each fan will reconsider basic observations.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner