Born into a fine old Charleston family, Hammond Cross is determined to be the city's next district attorney-without sacrificing his integrity. Prosecuting the sensational murder of real estate magnate Lute Pettijohn could be his ticket into the office. Yet while Hammond anticipates his success, someone near him is plotting his downfall--
Steffi Mundell, colleague, ex-lover, and rival for the DA's office--Rory Smilow, the homicide detective without equal and Hammond's avowed enemy--the wily and beautiful Davee Pettijohn, Lute's widow and Hammond's lifelong friend, who's too honest to mourn the husband she despised--and Hammond's prime suspect, the mysterious woman who shares the secret that would be fatal to Hammond's ambitions.
For the first time in his career, he's bending the rules in favor of the suspect. All clues point to her guilt. Yet she holds in reserve the perfect alibi-Hammond Cross.
A native Texan, and now American author, Sandra Brown, has published over seventy novels, with books in print numbering eighty million or more worldwide. Out of her works, she has had sixty New York Times bestsellers. She was born in Waco, then grew up in Fort Worth, and majored in English at Texas Christian University. She would come to be given an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from TCU. She and her husband, Michael, created a foundation to award an annual scholarship to a student whose interests lie in fictional writing.
In 2011 she and other colleagues travel to Afghanistan to tour several United States bases. She currently lives with her husband in Arlington, Texas.