A Matter of Life and Death – Phillip Margolin

Former boxer Joe Lattimore is homeless and desperately trying to find a job to support his wife and daughter, when an offer comes out of the blue. Participate in an illegal fight and earn some money. Desperate to move his family to safer territory, Joe agrees to the fight, and inadvertently kills his opponent. Now, with the unexpected death being held over his head, Joe is essentially blackmailed into a home robbery, or else the tape of the fight will be given to the authorities. As Joe enters the home he’s been instructed to rob, he instead finds a dead woman. Fearing the worst, he runs, and is caught in the headlights of an approaching vehicle. Realizing he’s been set up, Joe attempts to flee, but is arrested almost immediately. 

Former MMA fighter-turned-lawyer Robin Lockwood is working on some cases when she gets a call regarding Joe, who’s now been arrested for the murder of sitting Judge Anthony Carasco’s wife Elizabeth.  Known to Robin from her fighting days, she agrees to meet with Joe, and listens to his story. Something about the story sounds too cut and dry, and believing in Joe’s innocence, she agrees to take his case. At Joe’s arraignment, Elizabeth’s mother approaches Robin, telling her that she believes her son-in-law, the Judge, orchestrated Elizabeth’s death. 

As Robin and her co-counsel Amanda slowly unravel the mess that has been created to cover up a murder, it becomes apparent that much more is at play, and the deceptions go deeper than anyone might think. Meanwhile, Luis Ortega, the son of the now deceased opponent Joe faced in his illegal fight has come to town masquerading as a reporter and is looking to find his own answers as to who or what is responsible for his father’s death…as the players pile up and the body count rises, can Robin get to heart of the matter and free Joe Lattimore?

Robin Lockwood is a fantastic character – she just gets better in every book she stars in!  This is one of those books that sucks you right in and before you know it the final page is turned and several hours have gone by – pick a rainy day to read it because you won’t want to put it down! A complex, suspenseful legal thriller from a master!! 

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