A complex thriller seeped in genuine courtroom drama and high intensity action.
“Murder or the attempt thereof often occurs while others sleep.” And thus begins a story where danger insinuates itself into the course of ordinary lives. Rod Cavanaugh was in fact a regular guy. Suited for his job as a criminal lawyer, he adores his girls and loves his scotch. When the bottom fell out of his marriage and his family splintered he thought he had enough to deal with – mistakes of his doing that needed to be corrected – but that was before he became the target of a client, in a deadly game that put what was left at risk. Who he thought he was, his place in the scheme of things, will be challenged by a killer who stalks and bides his time. Only Cavanaugh can stop the carnage, uncover the evil. But the price to pay may be innocence itself.
“A roman à clef based on a lawyer’s journal puts him in the cross hairs in this legal thriller…. (O’Neill) orchestrates his complicated, twisty plot toward an unexpected and satisfying conclusion…. A well-plotted and dense courtroom tale.” (Kirkus Reviews).
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I admit I spent three decades practicing law.
But I would have rather been a writer. Trial work did allow me to fight the old battles of my youth (primarily against authority of any kind), and it provided a treasure trove of material that writers search for tirelessly. Courtroom work, if you do it right, is essentially story telling. Not just any story. It must ring true because In court emotions are tense, senses are acute. The result can be comic in its absurdity, or sad enough to make you weep. The stories juries hear can be full of hubris and defensive pride, or fearful, shy and pleading. Either way, they all churn your gut. And your adversaries at the bar can be insidiously cunning, though skilled in the art of deception. As often as not, the truth is hard to find. But these were my peers, my fellow lawyers, and sometimes me, who later came to populate my fiction.
After three decades practicing law, the old battles, deception and hubris now fill my novels.