What if we could no longer trust DNA profiling, the silver bullet of our criminal justice system? For years, we’ve relied on it to solve decades-old crimes, convict the guilty, and liberate the innocent from death row. But what happens to that trust when a crime lab scientist is leaned on to manipulate the evidence or, worse still, lose it altogether?
Ruthless Seattle mayor, Patti Rainsford, announces her candidacy for state governor. She’ll do anything to succeed. When her son is arrested for the rape and assault of a seventeen-year-old girl, Rainsford’s political career is in jeopardy.
Detective Linda Farrell is assigned to investigate. After twelve years working in SPD’s sexual assault unit, her career is drifting, not helped by the single-minded detective’s contempt for police protocol and the pressure of her failing marriage. The high-profile rape case is a rare chance to shine and maybe even get her life back on track. Nothing will stop her seeking justice for the young victim.
With a mountain of personal debt and his wife’s business on a knife-edge, Clark Stanton is facing financial meltdown. Then a stranger offers him a lifeline in return for a favour. As the manager of Seattle’s crime lab, all Clark has to do is make the rape kit evidence against the mayor’s son go away.
A police drama with a difference. Not my usual feast of murder and bodies piling up. This one is about politics and the lengths some people will go to in order to move up the political ladder. In this case it involves corruption, a rape case that won’t go away and an attempt to manipulate evidence by switching the DNA.
Detective Linda Farrell just won’t let go. She knows something is wrong but she can’t prove it. Because DNA never lies, but people do.
Linda’s marriage is falling apart, her son is misbehaving at school, her career is going nowhere and her boss is fed up with her changing her mind about this very high profile case.
Clark is just an ordinary guy married to Anna. They have two lovely kids who he adores. He’s the manager at the crime lab where they will be examining the samples taken from Chace Rainsford and from the victim in order to get a match. Patti Rainsford wants to be the next senator but her son Chace can’t keep his pants on. All she needs is for his DNA to disappear and no-one will know what he did. But how to make Clark play ball – easy when you have a minder like Jeff Peltz. And blackmail is a simple thing isn’t it. Because Peltz knows they always roll over when you push hard enough and threaten their family.
There were so many times when I wanted to scream at Clark. Don’t do it! Go to the police! It’s not worth it. And Linda is still chomping at the bit, determined to get a conviction
Then just when you think it’s all sorted the actual ending – not the ending but the ending ending will have you gasping. It did me. Brilliant twist. I can’t stop thinking about it.
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About the Author
Martin Bodenham is the author of the crime thrillers The Geneva Connection, Once a Killer, and Shakedown. Crime And Justice is his latest novel.
After a thirty-year career in private equity and corporate finance in London, Martin moved to the west coast of Canada, where he writes full-time. He held corporate finance partner positions at both KPMG and Ernst & Young as well as senior roles at several private equity firms before founding his own private equity company in 2001. Much of the tension in his thrillers is based on the greed and fear he witnessed first-hand while working in international finance.
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