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As a young conscripted soldier, Rufus Harms was jailed for the brutal killing of a schoolgirl. But after 25 hard years of incarceration, a stray letter from the US army reveals new facts about the night of the murder and the evil secret shared by some of Washington's most powerful men. Fearful for his life, Harms seizes his one chance to escape. But within hours the only people who know about the appeal he has sent to the Supreme Court have been hunted down and eliminated.

As the unknown assassins close in on Harms, ex-cop turned criminal attorney John Fiske is drawn into the web. His younger brother is already a victim of the conspiracy, and the woman he loves is under threat. For the truth and the chance of a future, he will never give up the fight. But for both men, time is already running out. Their enemy is buried deep within the system and completely ruthless about protecting the truth.

©Columbus Rose, Ltd; (P)Simon and Schuster

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"A plot strong enough to make the bath go cold around you." ( Independent on Sunday)

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Tense, fast paced, intelligent legal thriller

David Baldacci never fails to deliver and this tense, fast-moving, intelligent legal thriller is no exception to the rule. Rufus Harms has already served 25 years of his life-term sentence for the brutal murder of a young child, an event of which he has only hazy memories. A letter from the army, and other emerging fragments of evidence, trigger something in his mind and help him to piece together the simple truth about what happened and set him on a quest to clear his name.

Although Rufus knows that the action will endanger his life with the help of his lawyer he smuggles out an appeal to be filed the appeal at the Supreme Court. It reveals a massive miscarriage of justice and names highly placed individuals in a conspiracy that threatens to blow the justice system and the Supreme Court wide open. Shortly after Harms' lawyer and the Supreme Court clerk, Michael Fiske, who received the documents are murdered. It falls on the shoulders of the clerk’s love interest, Sara Evans and his brother, an ex-cop and defense lawyer, John Fiske to uncover the truth, but there are those who will stop at nothing to cover up their part in the scandal.

In addition to the action packed story of corruption, blackmail and bribery, David Baldacci gives an in-depth description of the priorities, practices and politics of the Supreme Court system, an institution I have never really understood. I loved this book with all its twists and turns, and would thoroughly recommend it to everyone.

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Definitely one to read/listen

Great plots with enough twists to keep you guessing. Great narration and David Baldacci at his best

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Good story, well read.

Ok. So all good, above average apart from the following two gripes.
1. It’s fairly short
2. The dramatic music at the end of each chapter is really annoying.