I haven’t read a legal thriller this good in a long time.
Sean Serrat is a lawyer in Washington D.C. who has just moved from the public sector, where he argued several cases in front of the Supreme Court, to the private sector. His wife thinks he is a workaholic and moving to an office where he has a staff to do things for him should make their home life somewhat easier. At least until his name gets put on the short list for an opening on the Supreme Court itself.
The Serrats have three children, and their eldest, Abby, is a shining star almost ready to graduate law school, following in her parents’ footsteps. Sean’s wife gave up her career to be a stay at home mom, and she still is there for their teenage son Ryan as well as their youngest.
Then Abby goes missing and her body is found in the Supreme Court library. Her boyfriend, Malik Montgomery is a law clerk at the court and of course is the first suspect. When the cops find some evidence that points his way, he is arrested but Sean isn’t so sure he is the murderer. This adds another layer to the novel as his arrest brings in racial overtones to the case.
There are a lot of variables in this story and the pacing is relentless, making this an all nighter for me. The characters are well developed and the family scenes especially rang true. And I loved all the details about the Supreme Court, a place most of us don’t know much about (and be sure to read the notes at the end, but only after you read the book!)
This book put me in mind of The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer, his first book and still one of my favorite legal thrillers ever. Franze is in excellent company here and I look forward to more from this author.
3/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE ADVOCATE’S DAUGHTER by Anthony Franze. Minotaur Books (March 22, 2016). ISBN 978-1250071651. 320p.