a San Francisco street dark and dense with fog, somebody has shot
and killed United States Senator Jeremy Fullerton in the front seat
of his car. The police arrest Jamaal Washington, a young black man.
The case is a career maker, but no attorney in the Bay Area will
touch it because of its explosive nature.
Which is exactly why outsider Joseph Antonelli leaves the comfort
of his Portland, Oregon, practice and heads for "The City"
to take on Jamaal's defense. Working for Antonelli are two advantages:
his client is a clean-cut pre-med honor student at Berkeley; and
the dead senator's many enemies don't mourn - they even welcome
- his passing. Working against him is one glaring, seemingly overpowering
fact: the inability of the defendant to explain why he was caught
with the murder weapon right next to his hand as he lay unconscious,
shot in the back as he fled from the scene of the crime.
his defense, Antonelli will unravel a frightening chain of espionage,
betrayal, and violent assassination that spirals far beyond the
brute simplicities of a common street crime. Determined to win his
case and prevail in an unforgiving world, he will face the most
personal, most dangerous peril of all, the hazard of becoming a
man exactly like Senator Jeremy Fullerton himself, one who knows
everyone's secrets and tells everyone lies.
©2002 D. W. Buffa; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks
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