Forge, July 2002, 25.95, 432 pp.
St. Louis attorney Michael Green divorced his wife Angela so he could marry the young and beautiful Samantha. Before that could happen, Michael was killed and Angela was put on trial for the crime. There was enough evidence for the jury to convict her and Angela was sentenced to forty years at the Chillicothe Correctional Center.
Seven years into her sentence and six months before her autobiography is to come out, a Son of Sam claim is made on behalf of Samantha's son. Local attorney Rachel Gold is hired to represent Angela in that lawsuit, but the lawyer goes one step further. She finds enough information in the trial transcript to question Angela's guilt and she decides to see if she can uncover proof to get Angela's verdict overturned. She doesn't realize what a Pandora's box she will be opening by taking that action.
The latest installment in the Rachel Gold series is totally enthralling and believable. The plot is so complex and multi-layered that the audience won't have a clue whom the truly guilty party is until the author chooses to reveal it. TROPHY WIDOW is a must read for anyone who likes a top rate legal thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner