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maze 2In one of my recent blogs, you’ll recall (you will recall won’t you?) I said if you want to write, you have to read. A lot.

And I do. So I want to give you a great “case” in point, a terrific example. (I probably would have said “a great read in point,” but, hey, this is a legal thriller written by a legal scholar. A great “case” in point just seemed more apt. Get it?)

This case, uh book, is titled THE ADVOCATE’S DAUGHTER. It’s by Anthony Franze. A perfect combination of murder and mayhem, twists and turns. It keeps you guessing right up to the end. But it was right there in front of you the whole time.

On the President’s short list of potential Supreme Court nominees, Sean Serrat is a model family man, citizen, and Supreme Court lawyer. The perfect candidate, right? Wrong! Serrat thought he had left his one unfortunate mishap in his rearview mirror. Until his law student daughter, Abby, goes missing. And turns up murdered in the Supreme Court library archives.

Was there a connection to Serrat’s possible Supreme Court nomination? Could it have something to do with his past? How could it be? Who could it be? The Supreme Court law clerk Abby was dating? One of the several D.C. power types with their own secrets to keep buried? Maybe someone else altogether, if only to help me keep you guessing? Why not, Franze kept me guessing all the way to the end!

I had too much fun finding out whodunit to spoil the “case” for you. You’ll just have to read THE ADVOCATE’S DAUGHTER to find out for yourself. You can find it here. You’ll thank me for making you do it.

“Nobody does it better” (you know, James Bond’s The Spy Who Loved Me) than Franze. He’s perfectly suited to tell this story, himself a starred Supreme Court advocate. And he tells it so well, smoothly slipping in and blending day-to-day Supreme Court realisms with a highly suspenseful tale.

I hate to use worn clichés, but in THE ADVOCATE’S DAUGHTER Anthony Franze has really crafted the proverbial . . . page turner. The perfect . . . maze.


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