Saturday, January 02, 2010

MISSING JUSTICE by Alafair Burke (2004)

Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid has been recently promoted and her first assignment back after having been attacked in her own home is one about a judge who has gone missing.

Clarissa Easterbrook's Cole Haan loafer has been found in the muck at a new building project on the outskirts of Portland and her lab Griffie picked up by neighbors wandering the streets with his leash still attached. From the outset it seems that Judge Easterbrook has been abducted and that is upsetting enough to her husband, the CEO of the local hospital. When the police find her corpse, her husband becomes almost catatonic.

It's too easy to apprehend a suspect who had been sending Clarissa threatening letters and Kincaid wisely doubts the decision to prosecute him without crossing all of her Ts and dotting her Is. Adding insult to injury it's Kincaid's suave and noxious ex-husband who turns up as opposing counsel.

There are many red herrings along the way, but they didn't deter me from happily flipping the pages through to its satisfying end where even Kincaid's father's mysterious professional past is delectably resolved.

This is the first Samantha Kincaid novel I've read, but it certainly won't be the last.

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