SUSPICION OF VENGEANCE
by Barbara Parker
A Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana Novel
Penguin Putnam - August 2001
ISBN: 0525946012 - Hard Cover
Reviewed by Elaine
The death penalty .
. . these three words have the power to incite passion like few others.
Barbara Parker's SUSPICION OF VENGEANCE tackles this thorny subject head
on. When Gail Connor agrees to help Kenny Ray Clark, who's on death row
for murder, she has no idea how deeply and personally she'll be drawn
into the battle to save him. In a heartbeat, she and her fiancé
Anthony Quintana are frantically filing motions, begging for more time
and growing more desperate by the day. Convinced of Kenny's innocence,
they soon realize that it's up to them to find the real killer. As they
begin to uncover the secrets that surround this crime, they realize that
there are those who will do anything to keep them buried - even murder.
SUSPICION OF VENGEANCE is a no holds barred look at our court system.
And believe me, former prosecutor Barbara Parker knows her stuff. With
great passion, she shows how sometimes guilt or innocence really doesn't
matter. She describes the collision between grieving crime victims and
lawyers deeply committed to their clients. This is a very powerful and
SUSPICION OF VENGEANCE is a fascinating look at an emotional subject:
you will still be thinking about it long after you finish reading regardless
of your feelings about the death penalty. This book really stands out
even in a very strong series. The characters continue to grow and evolve
with each book in the series. We see new strength and confidence in Gail
Connor and sense a commitment in Anthony Quintana that he thought was
lost. I really can't wait to see where Barbara Parker takes them (and
us) in her next book - it's unfortunate that we all have to wait for another
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