The story starts out with a dismember murder of a teenager. The story describes, and dwells, and dwells on the anatomy of a dismember murder. I felt like I could reach out and touch the bloody stubs. The female lawyer has so many "issues" that she is obviously damaged. The mother of the victim of murder is a female judge who is damaged. I read through 50% of the book since it was written well, but got so depressed and suicidal, that I quit.