Robert K. Tanenbaum's electrifying new thriller, District
Attorney Butch Karp battles a failure of the system, a police
detective desperate to solve a case for his own ends, and a
homicidal maniac who will stop at nothing to protect the
Months after a brutal double homicide in uptown Manhattan shocks
the city, sensational newspaper headlines herald the arrest and
indictment of Felix Acevedo, a shy Bronx teenager who confessed to
the horrific crimes. But downtown, in the district attorney's
office, Butch Karp is seething.
No sooner does he bask in the relief of successfully closing the
case on murderous imam Sharif Jabbar than he is thrust into the
center of a high-profile prosecution that threatens the integrity
of his office. An ambitious young assistant district attorney,
seeking career advancement, cuts corners to indict Acevedo,
disregarding Karp's fundamental rule: Never charge the accused
unless the evidence leads inexorably to proof beyond a reasonable
doubt. Now, damned by a coerced confession and a frenzied media
bent on lynching him, Acevedo sits in jail while a vicious killer
stalks the city.
Karp's wife, Marlene Ciampi, one half of the "crime-fighting
family" proclaimed by the media, hits the streets for clues that
will save the unjustly accused defendant. What she discovers puts
her on the trail of the true perpetrator-a drug-addicted psychopath
with an ax to grind-and a disgruntled police detective who is
willing to lie, withhold evidence, and kill to be labeled a hero.
But it also puts her in the center of a dangerous race to be the
last man standing and if she's not careful, one of the other
players will take the prize.
From the gruesome crime scene to a trial that will leave readers
on the edge of their seats, Robert K. Tanenbaum's unstoppable novel
unfolds at breakneck speed as Karp and Ciampi fight for justice in
a dramatic and challenging case that will thrill readers to the