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A gripping novel about a former top prosecutor turned esteemed law professor who take on a case to challenge the death sentence for a vicious, confessed, and convicted murderer.The trial details are accurate and dramatic, reflecting the author’s real-life experience as a prosecutor who now teaches law.

Caldwell’s strong and charismatic protagonist Jake Clearwater is the new Perry Mason, and I can’t wait to read the next entry in the series. Highly recommended!” — Eric Petersen, The Internet Review of Books

Caldwell has written a chilling legal thriller around the retrial of a convicted murderer facing the death penalty.” — Norm Goldman,


Jake Clearwater is a law professor and a former prosecutor who is urged by the Death Penalty Project to help stem the tide of wrongful death convictions in California. Clearwater agrees to represent Duane Durgeon, who had been convicted of a double murder. He is a huge, hulking, hard-boiled bad-ass, who, against the advice of his counsel demanded to address the jury during the sentencing phase of his trial. Getting his wish, he insults the judge, his lawyers, the prosecutors, and the jury in a profanity-laced rant that ends with him asking for the death penalty.

Despite Durgeon’s despicable persona and indifference to his fate, Clearwater convinces the reluctant man to appeal and wins a retrial where Clearwater is pitted against his former boss and bitter foe, prosecutor John Tice. What follows is a riveting tale of courtroom drama, suspense, and the exquisite workings of law and ultimately, justice.

This book is a must-read for any fan of courtroom thrillers. There is no stone left unturned when Jake Clearwater takes on a case.” — San Francisco Book Review

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Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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October 5, 2021


Nine Innings Press

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