Jack Hilliard is a 35-year-old assistant DA who appears to have it all: intelligence, good looks, a great job, and a solid marriage with his wife, Claire. But Jack finds himself at a crossroads in his life when, on the same night his boss announces his resignation as DA, Jack's subterranean flirtation with his enigmatic lawyer friend Jenny bubbles ...
Jack Hilliard is a 35-year-old assistant DA who appears to have it all: intelligence, good looks, a great job, and a solid marriage with his wife, Claire. But Jack finds himself at a crossroads in his life when, on the same night his boss announces his resignation as DA, Jack's subterranean flirtation with his enigmatic lawyer friend Jenny bubbles to the surface. Jack soon learns how easy it is to compromise his values and comfortable life for ambition and desire. Despite Claire's counsel to stand by his beliefs, Jack misrepresents his position on the death penalty to secure the top spot at the DA's office. As the pressures of the campaign mount, he struggles to deny his growing obsession with Jenny, who supports his ambitions at whatever cost. When Jenny is charged with a heinous crime, and Jack is the only one who can prove her innocence, he must make a Hobson's choice: save Jenny by speaking out, or save his marriage and career by remaining silent.
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What more in life coud Jack possibly need? He's got a beautiful wife, two great sons and is an excellent ADA. Now he's been approached to run for the District Attorney position and after some resistance decides to go for it. All the while fighting his feels for his good friend Jenny. One night both Jack and Jenny make a horrible mistake. One that will eventually come back to haunt both of them. When Jenny is arrested for a crime and can not provide an alibi, Jack must risk losing it all by saying he spent the night in question with her. Jacks wife tosses him out - Jenny disappears and he's left wondering how he could have let his life take such a downward turn. A great legal thriller filled with sex, lies and betrayal that isn't so much about "who" but as "why". A fast paced read with a twist at the end that no one will see coming.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-03-31 St. Louis ADA Jack Hilliard has it pretty easy in attorney Compton's less than assured debut. Jack is married to a beautiful and intelligent law professor; he's also the protege and assumed successor to his influential boss and mentor, DA Earl Scanlon, and is considered by his peers to be an all-around charismatic and upstanding man, both in and out of the courtroom. But all that is hearsay: Jack, for the life of him, keeps making the same mistakes and placing himself again and again in compromising situations--on purpose. In a bid to become district attorney, Jack sidesteps admitting his anti-death penalty stance in order to get elected, then he falls for his campaign treasurer, Jenny Dodson. When Jenny is accused of murder, will Jack provide the alibi that could save her life but wreck his career? Despite Compton's efforts to make Jack sympathetic, many readers will have a hard time caring about a lying, cheating jerk. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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