Release date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Genre: Legal Thriller
For attorney Mick McFarland, the evidence is damning. And so are the family secrets in this twisty legal thriller from the Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Criminal Defense.
When crime lord Jimmy Nunzio is caught, knife in hand, over the body of his daughter’s lover and his own archenemy, he turns to Mick McFarland to take up his defense. Usually the courtroom puppeteer, McFarland quickly finds himself at the end of Nunzio’s strings. Struggling to find grounds for a not-guilty verdict on behalf of a well-known killer, Mick is hamstrung by Nunzio’s refusal to tell him what really happened.
On the other side of the law, Mick’s wife, Piper, is working to free Darlene Dowd, a young woman sentenced to life in prison for her abusive father’s violent death. But the jury that convicted Darlene heard only part of the truth, and Piper will do anything to reveal the rest and prove Darlene’s innocence.
As Mick finds himself in the middle of a mob war, Piper delves deeper into Darlene’s past. Both will discover dark secrets that link these fathers and daughters—some that protect, some that destroy, and some that can’t stay hidden forever. No matter the risk.
This is the third book in a series, I absolutely loved both A Criminal Defense and An Engineered Injustice and I highly recommend them, especially if you like legal thrillers. As much as I loved the first two books, this was my favorite, it’s one of those rare series that just keeps getting better with each book and this one had me riveted the entire time.
The best thing about Myers books for me is how intricately planned they are, there is a meticulous attention to detail that always wows me and the plot was full of so many insanely good twists and turns I was blown away. On top of an amazing storyline full of mobsters, politicians, cops, lawyers and judges, you also have a core group of characters that are complex and interesting. Besides the main focus with Mick’s trial, you have a separate plot thread with his wife Piper and his law partner Susan where they’re working on an innocence project trying to get a wrongly accused woman out of jail. So much going on here, but it all flows perfectly together and if anything, only serves to propel the story forward and keep the reader engaged.
I know some people are hesitant when it comes to diving into a legal thriller worried that maybe the terminology and scenes inside the courtroom may be boring or over their head, but honestly the courtroom scenes in this were some of the strongest parts of the book for me so let me reassure you that these are incredibly well written and exciting to read. Myers creates a palpable tension like no other, I find myself racing through to find out what will happen next and desperate to know if he’ll manage to trick me yet again. Umm the answer to that is YES! He delivered another series of jaw dropping twists that totally blew my mind, did not see them coming from a mile away and honestly, I shouldn’t be surprised because he’s stunned me with every book in the Philadelphia Legal series and I’m quite sure he will continue to do so.
A Killer’s Alibi in three words: Sharp, Shocking and Intricate.
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.