Originally published by Pocket Books as Court of Honor, this classic by Wood - the basis for the 1995 film Broken Trust starring Tom Selleck - is is the story of a sitting judge who finds himself in a dangerous position when he participates in a sting operation investigating fellow judges on the take.
Ensor is no ordinary cop. He's a hero, winner of the Medal of Valor, devoted family man and coach, helping at-risk kids. But the driver who struck him down and didn't stop isn't ordinary either. He's Judge Frank Stevenson, up-and-coming member of the bench, also devoted to his wife and daughter, involved in charities and good works. In a split second he did something completely uncharacteristic that changes his life and the lives of everyone close to him.
"Kept my Interest"
A killer so savage (and so sly) that the brutal frenzy of his crimes makes an unassailable insanity defense - such is the opponent facing Tony Fraser, a young district attorney willing to risk anything, everything, for a sentence of death. Plotted against by court psychiatrists, tormented by vanishing evidence and fugitive witnesses, his own wife a target, Fraser finds himself checkmated by the accused - until he seizes an opportunity to go beyond the letter of the law.
A one-man crime wave is shaking the peaceful city of Santa Maria, California, and no place is safe. Kenny Trask, an unpredictable, high-strung, shockingly violent convict, has just escaped from prison and is intent on putting together enough cash to bankroll a new life for himself, his ex-cellmate, and the female defense attorney he believes they must “rescue”. Only one man is willing to stand in the way.
Wood delivers another knock-out punch - the story of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Keegan, who is running for reelection…and running from the truth about his wife's recent death in a fiery car accident. Prompted by his anguish, Keegan decides to prosecute an explosive murder case himself. Now his reputation hangs in the balance.
Hector Molina controls Gangland. From behind prison bars, he rules a ruthless gang of renegades who deal in extortion, drugs, and death. US attorney Claude Massingill is determined to expose Gangland. He's got Molina locked up as a protected witness for a trial that's sure to make headlines - and Molina couldn't ask for a better hideout than the one the government is giving him. Now, Assistant DA Mike Swanson needs to penetrate Gangland - and fast.
When an elderly woman is gunned down on the street, the resulting police investigation leads to places no one could have expected, and may actually endanger national security.
After his wife Alison, First Assistant United States Attorney, unwittingly recruits an ex-CIA operative and former international arms dealer to help in an undercover operation, Brock Andrews learns that the man has a dangerous agenda of his own.