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Absolute Certainty by Rose Connors
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Mar 15, 2011

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Read from March 15 to 19, 2011

Martha "Marty" Nickerson has prosecuted the case against Manuel Rodriguez for murdering Michael Scott, a college student. The setting is a close knit community in Cape Cod.

With the guilty verdict in, there is a sigh of relief within the community but before Marty can relax, another young man is found murdered. When an autopsy is performed, this body has a Roman numeral II on his chest. Marty is stunned. How could this happen if the killer was already in jail?

In close communities, sometimes the connections between the victims and attorneys are too close. In the second murder, Marty has such a close relationship with the victim's family that she is taken off the case and another attorney is put in charge.

Wondering how to help, Marty is asked by the defense attorney to accompany him to visit the man accused of the second killing. When Marty meets the man and gets the details, the evidence doesn't match up. Marty informs her boss Geraldine Schilling. Schilling is furious and the next day she accuses Marty of working with the defense to undermine the prosecution's case.

There is a good description of the internal politics of a prosecuting attorney's office. It is also admirable that compared to Marty's boss who wanted to win the case at all costs, Marty's first obligation was to justice.

I enjoyed the story but found it more cute than suspenseful. Marty was somewhat unique for a prosecuting attorney but much of the material here has been done before.

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Reading Progress

03/15/2011 page 25
8.0% ""The trial is over, Judge. The jurors can't agree. They have an absolute right to disagree.""
03/16/2011 page 141
46.0% ""Every patient admitted to Bridgewater State Hospital is either charged with a crime or convicted of one.""

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