Nick Rossi cuts a wide swath through the Marquette Maximum Security Prison dining hall as even the most hardcore White Supremacists scurry out of his way. Rossi emits a deadly aura of absolute power even in his blue prison jumpsuit, which clings to his hard-muscled frame. Rossi knows it’s just a matter of hours now and he’ll be a free man, but he
didn’t rise from a poor orphan boy to head one of Detroit’s most successful criminal operations by just waiting around. He approaches a man sitting in the middle of a crowded table and leans into him. The man is short and thick with a cruel scar that looks as if someone sliced carefully on either side of his mouth to make an oversized, perpetual grin.
“The lawyer’s still alive. He’s in the hospital,” the man with the scar tells his boss in a hushed tone. “The floor he’s on is heavily guarded. The police are all over the hospital trying to find out who planted the bomb. It’s just a matter of time before they pin it on you.”
Rossi flexes his large hands into fists and shoots his employee an unforgiving ultimatum.
“Screw the police officers. I want the lawyer killed. Take him out in the hospital.”
In Jane Haseldine’s new novel of riveting suspense, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city’s most devious criminal—and her own painful past.
Julia Gooden knows how to juggle different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers the grittiest stories in the city while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished façade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace.
Julia’s marriage, too, is a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner, while maintaining professional boundaries. David is about to bring Nick Rossi to trial for crimes that include drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But the story becomes much more urgent when a courthouse bomb claims several victims—including the prosecution’s key witness—and leaves David critically injured.
Though Julia is certain that Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power and connections run high and wide. With the help of Detective Raymond Navarro of the Detroit PD, she starts following a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition, little imagining where it will lead. Julia has risked her career before, but this time innocent lives—including her children’s—hang in the balance, and justice may come too late to save what truly matters…
Praise for the first Julia Gooden Mystery
The Last Time She Saw Him
“A sharp, breathless thriller. From the opening scene to the last, The Last Time She Saw Him, kept me flipping the pages. I loved it! Jane Haseldine is one to watch!”
—Lisa Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“So visually written and chilling, with such real, believable characters and twists that shocked. A gripping story that I read in one night—I could not put it down...”
—Debbie Howells, author of The Bones of You
“Haseldine’s first novel is a solid read that fans of Debbie Howells, Julia Dahl, and Laura Lippman will appreciate.”
“Terrific! Suspenseful, poignant, and completely surprising. Jane Haseldine’s riveting story of love, danger, paranoia, and family is powerfully and emotionally authentic—and deserves a standing ovation.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author