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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has swaggered, guns blazing, into the forests near the White Horse reservation, intent on raiding the fortress-like retreat of Reynaldo Juarez, the notoriously reclusive leader of one of the biggest drug-dealing gangs in the country. Janet Reno herself has determined that he must be taken alive, so when the raid is blown, four DEA agents are killed, and Juarez himself dies after being taken into custody, questions and recriminations are par for the course. Nora and Luke must negotiate local hostility and pitched interdepartmental acrimony as they slowly unravel the tangled stories that surround the fiasco. But as he casts his investigative gaze from the poverty of the nearby reservation to the depths of the L.A. ghettos, Luke may be dangerously blind to the nearness of immediate treachery and deceit.
Freedman's strength is Luke's weakness: plagued by fears of failure, haunted by his decision to put job before family, Luke is an appealingly flawed narrator. While Freedman's engaging voice may not completely conceal his occasionally turgid prose, or his tendency to rely on coincidence as the shortest distance between two conundrums, it should be a sufficient siren's call to his loyal fans and those looking for a legal procedural with a conscience. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The telling of this story is excellent with very good development of the characters and interesting dialogue.
I have read all of Freedmans novels, and they are consistently of a much higher quality than many other more popular authors.
With the introduction of too many characters, and a much too complicated plot, the book gets confusing, and boring.
Imagine if you will a self-righteous character (funnier considering a prosecutor turned defense lawyer turned prosecutor - man for all seasons) smarter than the average bear, who... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Arthur Doer
This is probably the worst run law case in my reading. The writer gave the opposition lawyer the brains of a flee. Read morePublished 17 months ago by N. Khare
have always found that he can find a way to keep your interest; is he still publishing? would like a good Freedman book.Published 19 months ago by Juanel Votaw
Luke Garrison, formerly a high profile prosecuting attorney, now married with a son he positively dotes upon, has chosen "the road less traveled" - a low profile, low business... Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by Paul Weiss
Though there were some problems, I did enjoy the first thirty pages of this novel: Nice dramatic plotting that grabbed me. Read morePublished on February 18, 2009 by Dr. T. C. HALLE
As one person stated, this book has many flaws. One, it needed a better editor, just like Freedman's last book I read- Key Witness. Read morePublished on June 30, 2008 by Theresa W
This story starts out with a little bit of promise. Luke Garrison heads out to the dessert where he buys an old motorcycle and ends up in an unexpected circumstance. Read morePublished on April 22, 2006 by clifford
If you like courtroom dramas, you'll love this book.
The only irritating thing about reading this novel was all of the glaring typos. Read more
I really enjoyed this book. I will have to read more by this author. In the beginning there is a small story, that, while interesting, wasn't necessary to the main story. Read morePublished on February 9, 2004 by "truthandjustice"