Publication Date: September 2011
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An apparently simple assault case spirals into a complex web of violence and deception in this bold debut thriller. Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid walks into her office in Portland s Drug and Vice Division one Monday morning to find three police officers waiting for her. A thirteen-year-old girl has been brutally attacked and left for dead on the city s outskirts. Given the lack of evidence, most lawyers would settle for an assault charge; Samantha, unnerved by the viciousness of the crime, decides to go for attempted murder. But as she prepares for the trial, she uncovers a dangerous trail leading to an earlier high-profile death penalty case, a prostitution ring of underage girls, and a possible serial killer. Seamlessly moving between courtroom and criminal investigation, Judgment Calls reveals not only an insider s knowledge of the justice system but a fresh new voice in the world of crime writing. Burke is a born storyteller and has created an attractive heroine whom I look forward to meeting again. Sunday Telegraph A terrific debut: very different from her famous father s work, but the storytelling DNA is all there. This is smart, savvy, expert and highly recommended. Lee Child"