Close Case, by Alafair Burke, B-plus, narrated by Betty Bobbitt, produced by Bolinda Publishing, downloaded from audible.com.
This is a Samantha (Sam) Kincaid mystery. Kincaid has move back to Portland, Oregon from New York City and is working for the prosecutor’s office. She has moved in with chuck, her highschool sweetheart and newly rekindled romance. But they have conflicts right away, Chuck is a homicide detective and not always on the same page as the prosecutors, and his partner, Mike is kind of a hothead who doesn’t always follow the rules. An African-American activist had been shot by a White policeman who claimed she drew a gun, which the community did not believe. She died, and there was much conflict and many protests. The policeman was being investigated and the prosecutor’s office was bringing him before a grand jury. This became Sam’s case and did not endear her to her police cohorts. Then a very activist African-American reporter was bludgeoned to death in the car port of his apartment building. Two boys were arrested who initially confessed, but the confession became suspect. This is a case involving Sam’s emotional connections to Chuck and other policemen, and the cases she must win. A very good book, if you’re a lawyer or like legal thrillers, which I do.