The first victim is Dylan Vogler, a charming ex-convict who manages the Bay Beans West coffee shop in San Franciscos Haight-Ashbury district. When his body is found, inspectors discover that his knapsack is filled with high-grade marijuana. It soon becomes clear that San Franciscos A-list flocked to Bay Beans West not only for their caffeine fix.
But how much did Maya Townshendthe beautiful socialite niece of the city's mayor, and the absentee owner of the shopknow about what was going on inside her business? And how intimate had she really been with Dylan, her old college friend?
As another of Maya's acquaintances falls victim to murder, and as the names of the dead mens celebrity, political, and even law- enforcement customers come to light, tabloid-fueled controversy takes the investigation into the realms of conspiracy and cover-up. Prosecutors close in on Maya, who has a deep secret of her owna secret she needs to protect at all costs during her very public trial, where not only her future but the entire political landscape of San Francisco hangs in the balance, hostage to an explosive secret that Dismas Hardy is privilege-bound to protect.
"A brisk pace, sharp dialogue and believable characters...Lescroart skillfully juggles myriad plot threads." - Publishers Weekly
"Lescroart does not disappoint with his latest novel, the 20th he's penned and the 13th to feature lawyer Dismas Hardy." - Library Journal
"Less issue-driven than usual, more of a whodunitand a sharp one at that." - Kirkus Reviews
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John Lescroart is the author of twenty novels, including The Betrayal, The Suspect, The Hunt Club, The Motive, The Second Chair, The First Law, The Oath, The Hearing, and Nothing But the Truth. He lives in Northern California.
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