Lisa Black's forensic investigator, Theresa MacLean, has another demanding case in her latest work, "Defensive Wounds." (William Morrow, 340 pages)
At Cleveland's elegant Ritz-Carlton Hotel, someone is taking Shakespeare's suggestion "let's kill all the lawyers" a bit too literally as criminal defense attorneys are being bludgeoned to death.
The first victim is Marie Corrigan.
But who would want to kill a criminal defense attorney who was utterly devoid of professional ethics?
The answer to this vexing question is that far too many would wish her harm.
As the body count increases, Theresa MacLean must sift through the suspects to find the killer while trying to protect her daughter, Rachael, who works at the very hotel which has become the hunting grounds for a very cunning murderer.
Lisa Black has created an interesting character in Theresa MacLean.
She is an accomplished professional, loving mother and single woman whose search for "Mr. Right" is thwarted by all the "Mr. Wrongs" she encounters on a daily basis - as in violent felons and policemen with too many divorces under their belts.
Black has harsh words for the defense attorneys who manipulate the system to help their clients escape punishment for their nefarious deeds, yet she does not forget that the rights of the innocent must always be protected and justice must be grounded in truth.
"Defensive Wounds" is a great read for fans of the modern crime stories.