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From Publishers Weekly A dead six-year-old child named Benjamin Sparks; his troubled aunt, Rachel Boyd, just out of prison after serving 30 years for killing a playmate; a powerful and believably dysfunctional Denver banking family all add up to business as usual for defense attorney Jackie Flowers in Kane's taut and thoughtful third crime novel about the dyslexic lawyer (after Extreme Indifference and Blind Spot). The best thing about Kane's books is that Jackie's dyslexia is no mere gimmick: the condition colors her life and courtroom work and makes her searches for truth and justice harder and more compelling. When she agrees to take the case of Rachel Boyd, who was looking after Benjamin when he disappeared and was later found murdered, Jackie is reacting strongly to Boyd's past experiences as well as to her own childhood memories. 'Give them what they want so they won't see what's really there,' Flowers thinks. 'Let them think they know the worst, so you can protect what you really want to hide. Was her own transformation a fraud, all the devices that made her successful in court a sham?' Insightful moments like this mark Flowers as more than just another shrewd criminal defense lawyer. Kane deserves to join the ranks of the big-time legal-thriller eagles. Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more From Booklist Well-crafted prose and strong character development are hallmarks of Kane's latest Jackie Flowers novels. When Dennis Ross, Jackie's old beau from the Denver public defender's office, calls to ask for her help on a case, Jackie is torn. Now a hotshot corporate attorney, Dennis still has the power to make Jackie's temperature rise--both from anger and attraction. A small boy has disappeared from the mansion of a prominent Denver banker, and the prime suspect is the banker's sister Rachel, who was convicted of killing a playmate when she was a child. Jackie believes Rachel is innocent and invites the complex woman to stay at her home until the trial starts. Rachel, a rather odd guest, strikes up an ill-advised friendship with the young girl who lives next door. As Jackie prepares Rachel's defense, she must get to the bottom of the crime Rachel supposedly committed as a child, but dredging up old memories proves difficult and dangerous. Readers of Alafair Burke's Samantha Kincaid novels need an introduction to Jackie Flowers. Jenny McLarinCopyright ? American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews