Andy Cole is a criminal lawyer in the small town of Blainesville. He’d built a successful career after taking his late father’s practice by going along to get along. Then he gets a case that throws everything he thought he knew out of whack. Danny Fairgreen is charged with first degree murder and his brother Voit hires Andy to defend him. You see, the Fairgreen clan are notorious in Blaine County, their fingers in every illegal enterprise one can imagine.
But Danny is the “white sheep” of the family, the only member who had never did anything criminal, let alone that he’d kill anybody. Unthinkable. And Voit plunks down nearly ten thousand in cash to hire Andy. Danny had been found, drunk and unconscious, a barmaid lying at his feet, stabbed and gutted with a large knife.
But someone wants young Danny convicted. Pressure starts being applied to Andy and his staff. The P.I. he hires, an ex-cop, suddenly backs out, saying he has too much work. He’s denied entry into the victim’s home and when he protests in court, losing his temper,he’s locked up. His car is towed and when he later goes to retrieve it, all times are flat, the body is beat to death, glass broken. A sheriff’s car is subtly parked in front of his offices, pictures taken of potential clients. His girl friend’s newspaper is suddenly losing advertisers.
Andy’s suddenly rethinking his get along lifestyle and his previously easy life. something is rotten in the county and he has a decision to make.
J. D. Rhoades is a fellow North Carolinian and paints a picture easily recognizable to me. The small town, small newspaper, the closed down textile mills he mentioned, all that is my town. And s many others in our state. I like his books for that reason,
And he tells a good story of course.
The story is available at all e-book retailers at a very good price.