by Alafair Burke - £10.00 Faber & Faber (Faber & Faber Crime) (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780571302314 | ISBN 10: 0571302319
When psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is murdered in her Park Slope office, the entire city suspects her estranged husband - until the District Attorney's Office receives an anonymous letter. The letter's author knows a detail that police have kept secret: the victim's bones were broken after she was killed, echoing a signature used twenty years earlier by Anthony Amaro, a serial killer serving a life sentence.
NYPD Detectives Ellie Hatcher and her partner JJ Rogan are tapped as the 'fresh look' team to reassess the original investigation that led to Amaro's conviction - a conviction he's now contesting. The case pits them against their fellow officers and a hard-charging celebrity defence lawyer, whose young associate, Carrie Blank, has a personal connection to the case. As both the NYPD and Amaro's legal team search for certainty in years of conflicting evidence, their investigations take them back to Carrie's hometown, and to deadly secrets left behind.
(Price & availability last checked: July 2014)