Praise for Margaret McLean
“On your shelf of legal thrillers, move the Grishams aside and make room for Margaret McLean. She’s got all the knowledge of an insider and —more importantly—all the skills of a great storyteller. She’ll take you into the offices and the holding cells and the courtrooms, and you’ll believe every detail and nuance. Then she’ll start to heighten and tighten and twist and turn, and you won’t be able to put the book down. Go and read it.”
—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of City of Dreams, on Under Fire
"McLean's first novel takes the reader on a terrific journey through the machinations of Boston law. Under Fire is a compelling legal thriller with vivid characters, a realistic feel to the proceedings, and a case that ignites our interest practically on the first page. McLean, a law professor and former criminal prosecutor, knows her stuff and, even better, knows how to translate it to fiction."
"Authentic and compelling, a reflection of McLean’s skill as a writer and her years as an assistant district attorney for Essex County."
—The Patriot Ledger on Under Fire
"This fast-paced debut legal thriller by a former criminal prosecutor offers an interesting immigrant twist. It should appeal to Richard North Patterson fans."
—Library Journal on Under Fire
From the Inside Flap
The "code of silence" remains sacred in Charlestown, one of the most insular and historic neighborhoods of Boston, Massachusetts. This engrossing legal thriller features a murder and conspiracy trial against Charlestowns most notorious crime family. Brothers Billy and Frank Malone stand accused of killing Trevor Shea, a suspected FBI informant, with a potent dose of Power 95 heroin. Boston Homicide Detective Michael Callahan and Michaela Shea, the victims sister, battle Charlestowns infamous "code of silence" and the inherent flaws within the justice system to keep the case against the ruthless Malone brothers alive.
The trial explodes into a high-energy race to justice with chief witnesses being killed, jurors defying their instructions, and FBI cover ups blocking the way. Billy Malone, the cold-blooded crime boss, pulls all the stops to manipulate the justice system and intimidate witnesses. Prosecutor Anson Mitchell presents crucial evidence against the Malones while seasoned criminal defense attorney, Buddy Clancy, unleashes reasonable doubt with penetrating cross-examinations. The jurors oscillate between guilt and innocence as the courtroom drama unfolds. The plot twists into an unpredictable climax. While the jurors are deliberating, the prosecution discovers new and potentially incriminating evidence against the Malones. Time is of the essence as they race to the courthouse in a last ditch attempt to reopen the case and present the new evidence before it's too late. Their efforts appear in vain as the jurors are filing into the courtroom to announce their verdict. Will justice prevail?
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