While trying three defendants for robbery, Joanne Kuhlman discovers a far more serious crime may be unfolding. One of the defendants is developmentally disabled. His attorney and mother insist he was cruelly exploited by his crime partners. When the young man disappears, Joanne fears he may have been murdered in a ruthless act to silence him. Her sympathies for this defendant lead her to entangle herself with his attractive attorney and compromise her career so the truth may be revealed.
Lily Forrester is a tough judge in Ventura County, California, who has overcome adversity and heartache to achieve a position of power from which she can help those who can't help themselves, as in the current case before her: the sensational murder trial of a woman who tortured and killed her beautiful two-year-old son.
Special Agent Mary Stevens works in the Investigative Support Unit at the FBI, a unit that handles the crimes of serial killers. Someone is murdering unfaithful men and dismembering their bodies, playing a cat-and-mouse game with the FBI and with Mary in particular. One of the many tools the killer is using is an "alibi service," a company that provides alibis to people so that they can have an affair. Can Mary stop the Alibi Murderer when she doesn't even know whether it's a man or a woman?
Neil has discovered the body of his girlfriend, Laurel, floating in his swimming pool. When her death is ruled a homicide, Neil becomes the prime suspect. But he has an alibi - he was in bed with Melody Asher, a seductive party girl and heiress. Their torrid affair is as steamy as it is addictive, a twisted game of manipulation and sexual blackmail. When Melody refuses to back up Neil's story, the sensitive brother Carolyn thought she knew suddenly seems like a complete stranger.
When the accuser becomes the accused . . .As a dedicated district attorney, Lily Forrester presents the perfect image of a defender of justice. Only she knows the dark secret of what happened six years ago, when a desperate crisis drove her to step outside the law and exact a horrifying personal vengeance. Now her ex-husband, faced with serious criminal charges, threatens to expose her unless she compromises her most cherished beliefs to help him.
Monday mornings are hell. That's what Carolyn Sullivan is thinking as she arrives at her office at the Ventura County Probation Department. One of her probationers has just been arrested for rape. Just when Carolyn should be lying low, instead she's assigned a sensitive case that's sure to have everyone breathing down her neck - supervising convicted killer and paranoid schizophrenic Daniel Metroix.
"Not the author's best."
Carolyn knew everything about Veronica Campbell. She knew about the case of murder and retribution that haunted her life and her career. About her stormy relationship with her husband, Drew. About the emotional darkness that was overwhelming Veronica's fragile seventeen-year-old daughter, Jude. But seeing her friend laid out on a cold hard slab of steel in a morgue, and hearing the initial judgments of the investigators, she knows this: there's no way Veronica would have ever taken her own life.
"REALLY GOOD MYSTERY"
Cold, cunning, and without remorse, Holden was the kind of criminal the death penalty was made for, and the forensic evidence had him nailed - or so everyone thought. But when the evidence is discredited, Holden is a free man again, and Carolyn is his assigned parole officer. To the state, Holden is a man who has served his time. But Carolyn still remembers the grieving family and the victims who have been betrayed by a miscarriage of justice.