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In the bestselling tradition of Defending Jacob, this taut legal thriller follows the trail of a man determined to protect his community - and his family - at any cost.
Sometimes a simple walk in the woods can lead you down the deadliest of trails
When birdwatcher Cassandra Randall stumbles upon two men digging what appears to be a grave in a state park, she immediately reports it to the authorities. Federal prosecutor Nick Davis is initially incredulous about her claims, but he agrees to investigate. To his surprise, the far-fetched account turns up a body, and Nick is drawn into a case that will shake both his morals and his personal life to their very core.
One body quickly leads to another. The danger Cassandra has uncovered is just the beginning of a game of deadly stakes that implicates small-time drug dealers, petty thieves turned murderers, domestic abuse perpetrators, child pornographers, the highest offices of the legal system and a criminal who is closer to Davis than he can even imagine.
"Starred Review. Stellar... A 'rotten summer' of killings turns into a bitter autumn of self-doubt for Nick, who wrestles with both the prosecutor's sin, failure of objectivity, and the defender's, failure of loyalty." - Publishers Weekly
"Attorney Goodman easily makes the transition to fiction writer, as have his brethren Scott Turow and John Lescroart." - Booklist
"Goodman takes the reader by the hand and leads them into a frightening world they will never forget...This book is top notch!" - Suspense Magazine
"Complex and intelligent, fantastically well-plotted. Indefensible is as good as it gets." - John Lescroat, New York Times bestselling author
"Indefensible is the kind of gem we all love to stumble on, anovel that delivers its story flawlessly... add to this a compelling insider's look at prosecution and law enforcement, language that sings, a stunning series of plot twists, and the result may well prove to be the outstanding debut novel of the year." - William Kent Krueger, New York Times
"Before reading Indefensible, be sure to put on your helmet and fasten your 5-point harness. You're in for a wild ride." - Walter Walker, author of Crime of Privilege
Lee Goodman's work has appeared in the Iowa Review, where it received a nomination for the Pushcart Prize in fiction, and Orion Magazine, among other publications. During the summers, Goodman works as a commercial fisherman in Prince William Sound, where he operates his own salmon fishing boat. He is also a screenwriter and an attorney with a small practice in workers' compensation law. Goodman has taught fiction writing at the University of Alaska and at Interlochen Academy for the Arts. He lives in Alaska with his two children.
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