📕 Synopsis 📕
What if we could no longer trust DNA profiling, the silver bullet of our criminal justice system? For years, we’ve relied on it to solve decades-old crimes, convict the guilty, and liberate the innocent from death row. But what happens to that trust when a crime lab scientist is leaned on to manipulate the evidence or, worse still, lose it altogether?
Ruthless Seattle mayor, Patti Rainsford, announces her candidacy for state governor. She’ll do anything to succeed. When her son is arrested for the rape and assault of a seventeen-year-old girl, Rainsford’s political career is in jeopardy.
Detective Linda Farrell is assigned to investigate. After twelve years working in SPD’s sexual assault unit, her career is drifting, not helped by the single-minded detective’s contempt for police protocol and the pressure of her failing marriage. The high-profile rape case is a rare chance to shine and maybe even get her life back on track. Nothing will stop her seeking justice for the young victim.
With a mountain of personal debt and his wife’s business on a knife-edge, Clark Stanton is facing financial meltdown. Then a stranger offers him a lifeline in return for a favor. As the manager of Seattle’s crime lab, all Clark has to do is make the rape kit evidence against the mayor’s son go away.
💭 My Thoughts 💭
Crime and Justice. What a perfect title for this excellent story. I absolutely enjoyed this from the first page right up to the final sentence. Martin Bodenham has weaved a bloody good story. And, kept me on my toes all the way.
Now we all know that telling lies is wrong. And, we all know that we should never lie to the police. Someone should have told that to the characters in this book. It is full of people trying to corrupt and lie their way through to what they believe is a good conclusion. But, is it? What are the consequences if you lie?
There are so many twists and turns in this story that you don’t know how it will all end. And, when things look set to come to an ending Bodenham sends in a curve ball to switch things up a gear.
I read this book in a day, I couldn’t get enough of it. There were some characters in the story that I truly despised and I wanted them to get their comeuppance. Sometimes people’s big fat egos and power trips just don’t make a nice person.
All credit to Martin Bodenham for writing a clever well thought out story. A police procedural that will definitely keep you gripped to the bitter end.
Martin Bodenham is the author of the crime thrillers The Geneva Connection, Once a Killer, and Shakedown. Crime And Justice is his latest novel.
After a thirty-year career in private equity and corporate finance in London, Martin moved to the west coast of Canada, where he writes full-time. He held corporate finance partner positions at both KPMG and Ernst & Young as well as senior roles at several private equity firms before founding his own private equity company in 2001. Much of the tension in his thrillers is based on the greed and fear he witnessed first-hand while working in international finance.
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