It looked like a lost cause. Convicted of a brutal society murder in 1956, Lis Benedict had served a long sentence and just been released from jail. Then in a last desperate attempt to clear the Benedict name, her daughter Judy convinces All Souls Legal Cooperative to take her mother's case before the Historical Tribunal. Sharon McCone loves a challenge but has little affection for the cold and unlikable Lis. Then, suddenly, the woman in question is dead, a vicious threat is scrawled in red paint across the front of Sharon’s house, and San Francisco’s number-one private investigator is following a fresh trail of death that leads back to a wild debutante, a prestigious think tank, and the power politics of the 1950s - all in search of a killer who has engineered a fatal cover-up and built a brilliant career on murder.
"The 13th Sharon McCone mystery brings good luck to readers as Muller’s veteran San Francisco PI explores crimes of passion and politics as they were played out in the Bay Area during the pre-Beat 1950s.... Vintage Muller." (Publishers Weekly)
"In another lawyer-oriented mystery, established series investigator Sharon McCone uses her wiles to solve a 36-year-old slaying.... Steadily mounting tension climaxes in the re-created trial. Sure to interest series regulars and even draw a few new fans." (Library Journal)
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