So many courtroom mysteries begin in comparison with "Presumed Innocent" that it is easy for the reader to look for something fresh.
"Missing Witness" by Gordon Campbell offers that freshness.
Doug McKenzie turned down an offer from a well known law firm in California in order to work with Dan Morgan.
Then, while playing in the state amature golf championship and having Dan caddy for him, Dan gets word that Ferris Eddington's daughter in law, Rita, has been arrested for killing Ferris' only son and Ferris wants Dan to defend her.
Dan accepts and Doug is assigned to work with him. It is a good mixture of Dan's savy and Doug's knowledge of the people involved since he had practically grown up on the ranch.
They learn that Rita and her twelve year old daughter, Miranda go into a shack on the ranch where her husband, Travis, was living. Shots were fired and Rita is seen leaving the house with the gun in her hand.
The trial begins. The prosecution is led by a rather pompus, sterertypical bumbler, Maximillian Hauser.
Danny is a wonderful character, charasmitic and if the story were to be filmed, think, Clint Eastwood.
The writing style is precise and in tune with the characters who are well drawn and likable. The author also provides us with some excellent plot twists and his courtroom drama is well done.