By Drusilla Campbell

Dana Cabot can't be mindful the type of individual she used to be sooner than may possibly twenty ninth, the day she grew to become offended at God, at her workaholic lawyer husband, and herself. The day her seven-year-old daughter, Bailey, disappeared. because the months put on on and not using a hint of her lovely yet afflicted baby, Dana can not help blaming her husband's arguable safeguard of an accused abuser for taking part in a job within the abduction - and it indicates within the pressure on their marriage. yet then a surprising occasion bargains a clue to what fairly occurred to Bailey - and Dana's unwitting half in it. Haunted through the unthinkable outcomes of unveiling every thing she is familiar with, Dana needs to make a decision even if to maintain the reality to herself - or danger wasting the remainder of her family members. Suspenseful, searing, and poignant, this superbly written novel bargains gorgeous insights into the which means of honesty - in marriage, in friendship, and in justice...

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Why does it always have to be the dregs of the earth? ” He couldn’t leave them behind at the end of the day. He brought them home from the office and court and jail-the rapists and drug addicts, the thugs and derelicts. And not just their crimes and cases, but their agonized histories, too, all their rage and pain and deprivation. He couldn’t help it. ” Giddy described them both when they’d counted the zeros on the check. And astonished when it didn’t bounce, when it settled comfortably into the business account beside the two-hundred-andfifty-dollar payments on time, the five-thousand-dollar checks for twenty-thousand dollars’ worth of labor.

Put ‘em down the mines and forget the sons of bitches,” he’d say. C.? ” Claybourne Cabot laughed so gustily, people thought he had a sense of humor. ” It galled David to recognize that when it came down to the bones of it, he practiced law much as his father had adjudicated. Judge Cabot had assumed if you were in court you’d done something bad now or in a previous life, so he might as well punish you hard. Guilt and innocence had been irrelevancies to the judge. They weren’t important to David, either, although in the early days of a defense the question of guilt or innocence popped up in his mind like an irritating ad on a computer screen.

Lexy put her earrings back on. “A hitch in the facilities. Nothing serious, but we have to move the Bailey office. We’re in a constant space crunch around here, you know that. Too many people need that big room in the undercroft. ” She pointed behind Dana. “It’s not huge, but you can leave everything out. ” Dana thought of taking down the smiling Bailey posters, the maps and blowups of flyers, of rolling them up, of carrying the computers across the parking lot, of running yards and yards of new extension cords.

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