It's 1976, Los Angeles. Sarah Collins, a young mother of two, is brutally raped and murdered at the Hollywood Reservoir. For 19 years the murder remains unsolved, and the case goes cold.
In 1995 the streets of Los Angeles are being terrorized by Jake Babbage, a traffic cop who uses his position of power to rape and murder innocent women. On his way to court one day, Babbage sees Judge Daniel Hart. The two recognize each other, and the terrifying night of 19 years ago comes back to haunt the highly respected judge. The aftermath of the encounter brings long-buried secrets to light and tests the moral fiber of Judge Hart, who has committed himself to protecting those victimized by the very crimes of which he is now accused.
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Almost classic good vs evil
First I want to compliment Robert Martinez on his excellent performance.
Wow! What a good book this is. I am so surprised it has so few ratings, it SHOULD be on the best seller list. The two main characters knew each other at 15 and 20 years old. At that time the 20 year old (Snake/Jake) viciously slaughtered his girlfriend and promptly left town after warning the 15 year old (Chief/Danny) to keep his mouth shut or he would frame him. It almost becomes a fairy tale story for Danny after that because his solution to his guilt for not going to the police is to throw himself into his school work and become a straight A student. I don't want to just restate the synopsis and I don't want to spoil this for anyone but needless to say Jake did not take the high road and make his life worthwhile. The book turns into a battle of good versus evil with a great supporting cast of characters and many side stories branching off and sharing in a conclusion that satisfies the multiple story lines.
I don't know if this is a stand alone or if it will become a series but I could see it being developed into a series with Daniel Hart (Danny) being at the core. Either way I will be keeping an eye out for more books by this author.
Great listening, Highly Recommended.
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Superb police and legal thriller!
- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"