Shamus Award-winning author Jeremiah Healy never fails to deliver scintillating, perfectly pitched mystery masterpieces in what The New York Times Book Review calls "a superior series." Now he "looks ready to join the honors class of private-eye writers that includes Robert B. Parker" (USA Today), as he introduces us to The Only Good Lawer
As a favor to a friend, Boston P.I. John Francis Cuddy is looking into the case of Alan Spaeth -- a racist, a misogynist, and a suspected cold-blooded killer. But as much as he's repulsed by the accused, Cuddy's convinced of Spaeth's innocence; he's also intrigued by the victim, Woodrow Wilson Gant, the African-American lawyer who had been representing Spaeth's wife in a very nasty divorce. Three quick bullets on a deserted roadside knocked Gant's rising star out of the Boston skyline for good, and now Cuddy's discovered the attorney was a man of strange desires -- and deadly secrets.
Ricocheting from Gant's law offices, Cuddy picks up the trail of a woman who fled the scene of the murder and stumbles on a more personal question. The mere mention of Gant's name puts a cold, hard kink in his relationship with Assistant D.A. Nancy Meagher, and Cuddy's losing sleep wondering why. With greed, revenge, and jealousy just a few of the motives in Gant's high-profile homicide, it's up to Cuddy to explore the raw passion -- and touch every nerve -- of a city on the edge.