• by Joseph T. Klempner
  • Narrated by David de Vries
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Once more, bestselling author Joseph T. Klempner combines thrills, vivid characters, and a plot that leaves the listener breathless.
A Lincoln Navigator carries three well-dressed people through the barren New Jersey salt flats. The trip is uncomfortable but necessary. Their target has no phone, certainly no email, and never answers his mail. But August Jorgenson is no country bumpkin. Before retiring, he was one of the most famous judges in the country, and only opinions like his fierce opposition to the death penalty kept him from a seat on the Supreme Court.
Now his visitors, from a reality show called Trial TV, have come to enlist his aid. They are excited about an idea they have that promises to strike a serious blow against the death penalty (and boost their ratings past those of Court TV).
The judge agrees to help. But as he digs into the facts of the case he becomes their enemy - an enemy who must be removed as a serious threat to their plans.
When his first novel, Felony Murder, was published, Publishers Weekly called Klempner "a writer to watch." Now, Klempner is better than ever - that rare novelist with both an insider's knowledge of the world he writes about, and a talent for intelligent, compelling storytelling.


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This book is a MUST READ!!

This is a wonderful legal suspense mystery. I've never heard of Joseph T. Klempner before but am so very glad I did!
Start with a retired reclusive judge (August Jorgenson) living off of the Barrier Islands in South Carolina. He is anti capital punishment, add a woman who is a television personality for a reality trial tv show. Jorgenson is convinced to come out of retirement to represent before the Supreme Court a nonverbal autistic African American man who is sentenced to death. He's convinced that both he and the reps from the tv show are on the same side. Jorgenson decides to do some investigating on his own. He learns the truth of what happened the day an 11 year old girl lost her life. When he tries to tell Jessica Woodruff (trial tv anchor) he finds out that she already knows. Jorgenson comes to the horrible realization that they each have a drastically different means to the end and because of this his own life may be on the line if he's not willing to cooperate.
I would really like to say more but this book is much too good to give away any more. This author's style reminds me very much of earlier John Grisham books.
David de Vries does an excellent job narrating.
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- shelley

a moral in search of a story

This is a decent book, though the premise grows a bit more far-fetched as it rolls along. Much of it requires more willing disbelief than it earns, eventually sounding like a story pitched and written for Wilfred Brimley, written by someone who really doesn't like the death penalty, with some fantasy racial injustice atonement thrown in. Not a bad read, but not for people with critical acumen, either.
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- itinerant

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio