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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rose Connors Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Marty Nickerson Series Release Date:
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Martha “Marty” Nickerson, an assistant district attorney on Cape Cod, speaks for victims of crime and their families and sees the system as a means for doing right. The case of Manuel Rodriguez is a prime example. Rodriguez is accused of brutally murdering a college student, a kind young man with a bright future. Marty has worked hard on this case. As the mother of a teenage son, she feels a deep obligation to the murdered boy’s grieving parents. Her case against Rodriguez is so solid that even public defender Harry Madigan, the champion of the Cape’s underdogs, expects a conviction. And, on Memorial Day, a year after the crime, the verdict comes in: guilty as charged. But soon, another body turns up in disturbingly similar circumstances, and Marty begins to question her victory. Did she and her colleagues target the wrong man?

Her supervisor refuses to reopen such a high-profile case. Why should they? The prosecutors played by the rules and won big. But Marty fears that the real killer will strike again. With her career on the line and lives at stake, Marty must rely on her own moral compass, legal savvy, and gut instinct as she matches wits with a twisted killer. The system itself is on trial as Marty tries to serve justice, not merely the law.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gripping combination of crime novel, courtroom drama, and psychological suspense.”

    Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A thinking person's thriller...savvy and riveting.”

    Perri O'Shaughnessy, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Sleek, straightforward entertainment.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gripping courtroom scenes, crisp details of the legal system, vividly realized local color, and a nuanced portrait of the close-knit community, including Marty’s personal life, all add up to a satisfying, often poignant debut novel.”


  • “[Connors’] flair for crisp, tightly focused dialogue is especially evident in audio...With the flair and facility of a veteran storyteller, Dunne unerringly turns fine writing into a magnetic listening experience. Mystery fans will be pleased.”

    Booklist audio review

  • Winner of the 2003Mary Higgins Clark Award

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by April | 2/18/2014

    " Ugh. I listened to this for a week on my way to work. Too dry. Tons of moments when the author saw fit to regale us with long drawn out explanations of legal principles. It was like being in law school all over again. But hey, it gave me something to listen to during my commute. I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Russeller | 2/16/2014

    " Dragged a bit at times, but a decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wade | 2/12/2014

    " Good story, but a lot comes after "mystery" is solved. It seems more of a setup for book 2 in the series. I do wish there were more clues that would have led readers to predicting whodunit. It was a bit Perry Mason-ish that only Marty could figure it out, and that only happened after seeing it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Daniel Demarle | 2/3/2014

    " A quick enjoyable read "

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About the Author

Rose Connors received her law degree from Duke University in 1984 and has been a trial attorney for two decades. She is the author of Absolute Certainty, which won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best first novel. She lives with her family on Cape Cod, where she spends summers commercial shell fishing with her two teenage sons.