I am a big fan of John Lescroart and the Dismas Hardy series. Having read several of the books, Lescroart keeps the integrity of his characters while still developing them. This particular one is one that is near and dear to my heart. The Foster Care program will get a voice with this thriller.
Dismas Hardy daughter Rebecca is coming on to her own as a lawyer and is much like her old man but she has her own take that I really appreciated. The case of Greg Treadway falls into her lap as her first crime case. Greg has been accused of killing the sister of one of his clients Max that he volunteers for as a CASA agent.
Foster kids in the system are aged out by the time they are 18 and usually they are not equipped to go out in the world with pretty much nothing but the clothes on their back. Max and his sister Tanya are about to be aged out and according to Greg, Tanya wanted to meet with Greg to see what options she had on the night that she was killed.
Greg happens to be at the bar Dismas owns with his daughter when the news breaks out that Tanya has been killed. Greg is shocked and being the lawyers that Dismas and Rebecca are become drawn to Greg and helping him by advising him to go to the authorities. However, it seems a political agenda is in the middle of this case and the authorities arrest Greg for the murder of Tanya.
The plot and characters are well developed with twists and turns while displaying the weakness and the strengths of the Foster Care program.
In Lescroart style, the situation unfolds with logical style and leaves the reader knowing that nothing is what it seems.
A Special Thank you to Atria Books and Netgalley for ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.