NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author James Grippando brings back attorney Jack Swyteck in a case as twisty as it is shocking. Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck returns to his legal roots and takes on his first death-row client since The Pardon. This time, however, the eleventh-hour race for a stay of execution has a twist. Sashi Burgette vanished three years ago on her way to school. The next night, ex-con Dylan Kyle was stopped for drunk driving. Sashi’s underwear was found under the front seat of his truck, and a police videotape of his drunken explanation of how it got there was his undoing at trial. Kyle is days away from execution when Sashi’s mother visits Jack at the Freedom Institute with her shocking news: “Sashi called me,” she tells him. The police have dismissed the call as a cruel hoax. The State Attorney considers the case closed, and the governor has signed the death warrant. The lawyers for Dylan Kyle are a mother’s last hope. Jack is immediately caught up in a race to find the missing young woman and stop the execution of a man who may be innocent. But as Jack investigates, nothing is what it appears to be. Not the victim. Not her alleged killer. And definitely not Sashi’s parents, whose grieving led to divorce, each openly blaming the other for what happened to their daughter. As their gut-wrenching and hopelessly conflicting version of events unfolds in a Miami courtroom, it appears that there is one thing even harder to find than Sashi. The truth.
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