In Philip Margolin's Wild Justice, the first installment in the Amanda Jaffe legal thriller series, this thriller will give you chills and make you shudder. When Amanda Jaffe joined her father's law firm as an associate, he helped him take the case against Vincent Cardoni. A prominent doctor who's been arrested for series crimes, who had run into some trouble with the law and with the mafia. He claims he's innocent and that Justine Castle, his soon-to-be ex-wife had framed him. During his trial, they hit a snafu with Detective Vasquez's testimony who had a hard-on Castle and to nail him for the crimes. From there, they motioned to suppress the evidence against him. That's when he disappeared and his hand is missing. Fast-forward to four years later, Amanda's moved up in his father's law firm, and a new farmhouse became the killing ground for another set of serial murders. And Justine Castle calls Amanda and asks her for her help, when she believes she didn't do it and she was framed from Cardoni. During this case, she began to have a heated relationship with Toni Fiori, someone she used to date back in high school. While the suspicion was on Castle, she hired Vasquez as a PI to protect her and with help with the case. Cardoni's discovered in a new guise to watch Justine; but when Vasquez's attacked and then Justine's later found dead, she discovered who's the culprit, someone who's real close to her with newfound truth, she fights for her life when the danger came near her in a shocking ending.
This was a terrific legal thriller debut in a new series from Philip Margolin. I read another book in that series a few years ago as the title had slipped through my mind. I cared for Amanda and Frank's relationship as father and daughter and also as colleagues in the same law firm. Although the murders grossed me out, I was confused on who really had done it in the end. I thought Castle and Cardoni deserved each other with their bitter rivalry, until Castle had bit the dust in the end. I wasn't sure what to say or think about Tony Fiori. I would let his actions speak for himself in this story. I loved the Portland locations for the backdrop and the scenic settings through the novel. This would make you shake your head, groan, do a double-take, and make your head spin from start to finish with non-stop action, drama, a hint of romance, and a lot of suspense.
Will you be prepared to deal with wild justice today?
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