Fans of Grisham-like legal thrillers featuring wide-ranging evil conspiracies may be entertained by Hubbell's second novel featuring antitrust lawyer Jack Patterson (after 2014's When Men Betray). Based in Washington, D.C., Jack returns to his hometown of Little Rock, Ark., after Dr. Doug Stewart, a friend of his late wife and a prominent chemist, is arrested by the feds. Doug was growing marijuana in his backyard, but that crime alone doesn't account for the authorities' dubbing him a national security threat and denying access to counsel. The case becomes even more baffling after the attorney learns that Doug alerted the government to what he was growing and that he was doing so for research. Jack, who must contend with U.S. Attorney Wilbur "Dub" Blanchard, his legal adversary from the prior book, in the courtroom, finds that his involvement in the case places his life―and his colleagues' lives―in jeopardy. Cartoonish villains, thin characterizations, and an implausible denouement are drawbacks.(Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, and his memoir, Friends in High Places are published by Beaufort Books. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. He also writes a daily blog of personal meditations at thehubbellpew.com.