Hotshot New York criminal defense lawyer Kevin Corvelli was rolling. He had all the right connections to get way ahead. Guilty? Innocent? It didn't matter so long as he won, got in the papers, and got paid. That's until he loses and loses big when a client, who was convicted of murder and then killed in jail, is later proven innocent. The media has a field day plastering Corvelli's face all over Manhattan and blaming him for the man's death, so Corvelli, who has no qualms about fleeing such a disaster, bolts for Hawaii. Committed to being a lawyer if only because of knee-buckling debts, he swears to handle only misdemeanors this time around - no felonies, no murders, no media attention, no responsibility. But his first case is exactly that: law student Joseph Gianforte, Jr. is accused of chasing his ex-girlfriend to Hawaii and killing her. This time his client is innocent - and Corvelli knows it. The fact that the killer is still out there only means the stakes are much higher. This engaging story of failure and the search for redemption marks the stellar debut of an exciting new crime writing talent.
DOUGLAS CORLEONE is the winner of the 2009 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award. A former New York City criminal defense attorney, he now lives in the Hawaiian Islands with his wife and son.