Rozut K. Sabich, known to his friends and colleagues as Rusty, has commited a crime...but it's not necessarily the one you would think. He stand acused of two crimes...one of which we know he is guilty from the start, the other...well, you have to decide as the story plays out. What we as readers are certain of is his breaking the vows of marriage and cheating on his wife with a coworker. Does he deserve to be punished? That's between his wife and him. Does he deserve to be tried for murder? (I know what you're thinking....WHAT?!? Where did that come from...trust me, keep reading...)
Excuse me? How did it escalate to this point? Oh, well...it seems that the "lovely young lady" he was seeing has turned up...dead; not just your conventional "they-passed-in-their-sleep" dead either. No, Carolyn Polhemus was brutally murdered...the question is, by friend of foe? Being the dedicated worker he is, Rusty is put in charge of the case (he's an Assistant Prosecutor, by the way...just in case you were curious) despite his potential connections to the victim. Connections that are still undisclosed to many parties. As the investigation begins, the "facts" are just not adding up. Between unlocked doors and windows, the unsettling way in which she was found or rather displayed, and what of this "B" file that is on record as being assigned to her, but can be found nowhere? This type of file doesn't normally cross the path of a lawyer from the prosecuting attorney's office, so it's absence is twice as eye-brow raising. As Rusty tries to uncover the truth, he will discover a wrong doing set in the past that is about to make waves in his future. Can he beat the wrap being given to him and come out clean? Or will he only be 'presumed innocent' until proven guilty? (dun...dun...dun....)
Tantilizing, no? (hehe) Ah, but there is more than an intriguing story here. Ever have a book just frustrate you to no end? I mean really get under your skin? How so? Okay, let me see if I can explain. When I first heard about this title I was like..wow, yeah that sounds good! So I signed up for a review and took the giveaway option (by the way, congrat's once again to those that won) with my mind set on a return to the crime fiction novels I loved (not exactly past tense, just I haven't read as many recently as I use to). A few weeks later, the book arrives....just in time to start the contest (GASP!) but not with enough time to review it first. Cie la vie! Caution was thrown to the wind and behold...the contest was put into action with the promise of a review the day the winners were posted. (Henceforth, what you are reading here...)
To be honest, in reading this book, I found myself skimming pages in hopes of reaching the end a bit sooner (guilty as charged, but I am neing honest)...or at least I was until the trial started (that's the truth too). That's where some of the action picks back up again and then the final 20-30 pages...WOW! You will read every word of it regardless of how much or how little you feel involved in the story. The ending just blows you out of the water as it comes way out of left field and yet makes perfect sense. All in all, I can certainly say that this author spins an interesting tale and although I felt lost in the details at times, he marched steadfastly towards his ultimate goal and the ultimate ending (which I very much enjoyed!). I can't say that I'll be checking out the next installment (took a peek at the preview and yes, I'm curious what happens, but not so certain I can read through the depths of detail again this soon), but I can definitely say this book was time well spent. Recommended for late teen and adult readers due to story content and language. It's not an all out curse or sleaze-fest, but it is realistic and gritty at times.
Special thanks to Valerie at Hachette Book Group for both the review copy and the opportunity to host the giveaway! (THANKS) For more information on this title and more, check out their website or follow along on Twitter. Note to the winners of the drawing, don't forget to send me your info! If it is not received within the required time frame, new names will be drawn (don't like doing it, but will if I must).
Until next time....happy reading!