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Assistant U.S. attorney Nick Davis, in a moment of weak parenting, decides to take his teenage daughter, Lizzie, along to a possible grave site search in the woods. In a nice departure from the usual teenage girl angst, Lizzie is mature, kind, and has a close relationship with her father.

Nick doesn’t expect to find anything on this, but a body is found, and the bird watcher who reported it is killed. A couple of drug dealers are the main suspects, but the story twists even further when more bodies turn up. As the case unravels, he starts to suspect even some of his own co-workers, and then real paranoia sets in.

In a bizarre twist, his most ardent opponent, a pugnacious defense attorney, becomes his sounding board and counsel. Nick has always put his faith in the justice system, but this case truly tests him, and he finds himself re-examining his own beliefs and those of almost everyone around him.

Goodman is an attorney and easily makes the transition to fiction writer, like brethren Scott Turow and John Lescroart.

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INDEFENSIBLE by Lee Goodman. Atria/Emily Bestler Books (June 3, 2014). ISBN 978-1476728001. 368p.

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