By Attica Locke
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEY’S WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION
From Attica Locke, a author and manufacturer of FOX’s Empire, this refined mystery sees legal professional Jay Porter—hero of her bestseller Black Water Rising—return to struggle one final case, merely to develop into embroiled in a perilous online game of shadowy politics and a witness to how a ways these in energy are keen to visit win.
Fifteen years after his career-defining case opposed to Cole Oil, Jay Porter is broke and drained. That victory may have gained the environmental legal professional reputation, yet due to a string of appeals, he hasn't visible a dime. His most recent case—representing Pleasantville within the wake of a chemical fire—is dragging on, shaking his self belief and elevating doubts approximately him inside of this upwardly cellular black group on Houston's north part. even though Jay nonetheless believes in doing what is correct, he's performed struggling with different people's battles. as soon as he has his piece of the cost, the only father goes to dedicate himself to what concerns most—his children.
His plans are without warning derailed whilst a feminine crusade volunteer vanishes at the evening of Houston's mayoral election, throwing an already contentious crusade into chaos. The accused is none except the nephew and crusade supervisor of 1 of the best candidates—a scion of a well-known Houston kinfolk headed via the ambitious Sam Hathorne. regardless of all of the indicators suggesting that his patron is guilty—and his personal misgivings—Jay cannot refuse while a guy as prosperous and hooked up as Sam asks him to move up the protection. no longer if he desires that new lifestyles along with his little ones. yet he has to win.
Plunging right into a shadowy global of bold enemies and treacherous allies armed with cash, lies, and secrets and techniques, Jay reluctantly takes on his first homicide trial—a case that may placed him and his customer, and a whole political method, on trial.