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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: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455179916
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “[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 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 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 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 Daniel Demarle | 2/3/2014

    " A quick enjoyable read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/1/2014

    " Great story. Good suspence. Interesting to read about the criminal justice system (especially as its an area of law that I never want to practice in.) Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/18/2014

    " A courtroom drama that packs an emotional punch! This crime thriller examines how the legal system can fail especially when the quiet small area of Cape Cod is dealing with a serial killer! Not your usual cop or PI story- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 1/11/2014

    " A compelling protagonist and a good story set in Cape Cod. A little on the complicated side for an audio book, but enjoyable nonetheless! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this novel. I liked the characters and the story. Nice first work for Rose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/5/2014

    " Excellent! Really fun & different. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 12/19/2013

    " Good story of a district attorney's life and thoughts about the legal system when confronted with a local serial killer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tialisa | 7/12/2013

    " I listened to this audiobook while painting my dining room and found it quite good. It moved along nicely and held my interest without being so action packed I couldn't follow it. I would definetely read another book by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 writergirl75 | 5/31/2013

    " liked: multiple viewpoints, fast-paced, mystery, good writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Vink | 12/30/2012

    " OK that last book was a mistake. This is the one I really meant. Sorry "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 11/17/2012

    " Mystery by experienced lawyer, set in Chatham on Cape Cod. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keri | 9/9/2012

    " This was a fine, quick read, not one that you can't put down because it is so gripping, but the story was interesting enough. I think the thing I liked the best was that was chapter were very short, which makes me feel like I am getting through a book more quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 7/25/2012

    " An entertaining diversion. Court room procedural mystery. Quirky characters. Strong female lead. Office politics. Fair blend of suspense with comedic overtones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Reardon | 3/31/2012

    " A good thriller/mystery. The end definitely was a surprise! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 3/9/2012

    " Takes place on Cape Cod. Young men are being murdered in Chatham and they've all been numbered. It's up to a prosecutor to find out who is guilty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitzi | 3/4/2012

    " 1st in the series. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/17/2012

    " A captivating mystery that keeps moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/28/2012

    " Exciting & fast paced legal procedural based in Cape Cod, New England. Read by the excellent Bernadette Dunne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 8/4/2011

    " reminds me a lot of Mary Higgins Clark. Good quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dstny5233 | 6/15/2011

    " Having two lawyers in the family it was nice to see a character with compassion and no God complex. I enjoyed reading this don't to back. I really got involved with the characters which is always great in a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evelyn | 4/9/2011

    " This was a fairly decent murder mystery/legal thriller. It was a tight, well knit plot with interesting characters, some a little too good to be true. But, the narrator was good and it held my interest throughout. The weakest part was the long drawn out ending, after the mystery was solved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 3/20/2011

    " I really enjoyed this. Rose Connors is a new author for me. A little bit of courtroom, little bit of intrigue, I liked it. Reading the second Marti Mickerson now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitzi | 3/7/2011

    " 1st in the series. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Deering | 12/24/2010

    " Great page turner and gives insight into the legal system. I must also admit that I loved walking the beaches of Chatham in my imagination. I do miss the Cape! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 9/16/2010

    " The author is an attorney and that made the story more enjoyable for me because the story had so much legal detail to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 3/28/2010

    " A compelling protagonist and a good story set in Cape Cod. A little on the complicated side for an audio book, but enjoyable nonetheless! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 3/18/2010

    " liked: multiple viewpoints, fast-paced, mystery, good writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 3/16/2010

    " Mystery by experienced lawyer, set in Chatham on Cape Cod. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/26/2010

    " Exciting & fast paced legal procedural based in Cape Cod, New England. Read by the excellent Bernadette Dunne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/22/2009

    " I really enjoyed this novel. I liked the characters and the story. Nice first work for Rose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 11/9/2009

    " Takes place on Cape Cod. Young men are being murdered in Chatham and they've all been numbered. It's up to a prosecutor to find out who is guilty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keri | 6/4/2009

    " This was a fine, quick read, not one that you can't put down because it is so gripping, but the story was interesting enough. I think the thing I liked the best was that was chapter were very short, which makes me feel like I am getting through a book more quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 5/19/2009

    " reminds me a lot of Mary Higgins Clark. Good quick 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.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.