ImaJinn, Sep 1 2012, $16.00
Panicked Anita Hudson calls Stanford University Professor Jack Strider insisting his widowed father H. Peckford Strider was acting weird. Though he considers Peck to be odd, Jack visits his father who tells him the sh*t hits the fan when the news discusses the Pacific Dawn cargo ship containing six dead women. Peck tells his lover Anita she is dead too before he commits suicide.
San Francisco District Attorney Rick Calder informs Jack his father was involved with human trafficing selling young females many of whom had Aids. Rick also says he will find the link to hang Jack. The media storm ends Jack’s academic career and his fast track to the Supreme Court. His mentor Sam Butler gets him a job working for former Secretary of State Justin Sinclair. Jack’s first assignment involves a corporation working toxic waste removal in Juarez, Mexico. He soon learns to trust no one except his legal firm’s Debra Vanderberg as he finds out the Ground Truth means millions of Mexicans will soon die.
This is an exciting legal thriller that grips the reader from the moment Peck puts the gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger, and never slows down as Jack changes his priorities. Though the villains seem more like caricatures of angry avaricious people, fans will enjoy this entertaining international law thriller as nothing is going to break the hero’s ethical stride.