Do you ever really know the person you marry? Joseph Finder's frighteningly credible novel confirms his place as 1 of America's leading thriller writers. Claire Chapman, a celebrity professor aat Harvard law school and a high powered criminal defence attorney, has about as close to the perfect lifeas you can get. She has just attained National ...
Do you ever really know the person you marry? Joseph Finder's frighteningly credible novel confirms his place as 1 of America's leading thriller writers. Claire Chapman, a celebrity professor aat Harvard law school and a high powered criminal defence attorney, has about as close to the perfect lifeas you can get. She has just attained National attention for successfully defending a movie star in a rape trial; her 2nd husband, Tom Chapman, is a charismatic and successful money manager; and she lives in a beautiful house in Boston with her 6 year old daughter. Then a random burglary sets in motion a chain of events that turns her world upside down. A police investigation reveals the chilling fact that Tom is not who he says he is; he never attended the college he says he did; he once had a different name...and a different face. When Tom is arrested and put on trial for a crime he insists he didn't commit an unspeakable atrocity, a mass murder carried out 13 years ago Claire puts her reputation on the line to defend him. She must try the case ina sealed high security courtroom: a top secret court martial run by the Pentagon, in which all the evidence is classified and all the rules are different. And when it becomes evident that the judge and, in the shadows behind him, a highly placed military leader will let nothing stand in the way of Tom's being convicted of 1st degree murder, Claire's faith in her husband is tested to the very limit.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-11-10 A man is framed in a military cover-up, and only his wife can free him, in this provocative and chilling courtroom thriller by Finder (Red Carpet; The Zero Hour). "Old Sixties Liberal" Claire Heller Chapman is a respected Harvard Law School professor, a high-profile defense attorney and a happily married mother. Tom, her handsome Armani-clad husband, owns a successful investment firm and dotes upon their adorable six-year-old daughter, Annie. This rather cloying scenario crumbles one day at the local mall when a team of government agents tries to arrest Tom for having single-handedly butchered 87 unarmed peasants in El Salvador. Tom escapes, but soon Claire learns the terrible news that her husband has hidden for 13 years. Tom's real name is Ron Kubik; in the 1980s, he was a covert Pentagon operative in Latin America. While surprised to discover that her husband was a soldier (not to mention that he went AWOL to avoid prosecution, had plastic surgery and fabricated a life story for himself), Claire risks everything to defend him on the hostile, foreign turf of a top-secret court-martial. She also struggles with the alienation of her understandably bewildered daughter. The courtroom scenes are dramatic, but Finder indulges a taste for typecasting: expert witnesses called by Claire tend to be professional and appealing, while those called by the military prosecutors are often physically flawed and nervous. Despite these faults, Finder's courtroom thriller has enough twists and texture to keep readers turning the pages. The issue of trust and betrayal is nicely articulated, and the ending delivers a visceral shock. Major ad/promo; BOMC main selection; film rights to Tri-Star Pictures; author tour. (Feb.)
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