Assistant DA Jenna James took an oath to uphold the law, administer justice, deter crime and ensure the safety of the community. Her job isn't easy, but it has always been black and white - criminals versus victims. Now she is the victim, and the very system she's fought to uphold is suddenly corrupt, the lines between good and bad are blurred and her world has turned upside down. She's always known that world existed - a world of power so immense that a single phone call can result in people disappearing or political offices being vacated, a world where doctors are available at a moment's notice. She's never been part of that world - never wanted to be. The body count is rising, and unless she finds proof beyond a reasonable doubt against a corrupt former federal judge, and a notorious criminal defense attorney, it will continue to rise.
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"People had only the power you gave them."
The emphasis is on the thriller rather than the legal as very little action takes place in the courts. Plenty occurs outside of them, however, involving those who should be above, but not outside, the law - from judges to the defence and prosecuting attorneys.
Jenna Patience James is a successful, fast rising prosecuting attorney and has for some time been dating Michael, the attractive and wealthy son of the powerful Judge William Elkins. When Michael's mother dies 'in an accident', Jenna discovers that not only is Michael not the man she had thought him to be but also that corruption, and worse, lie deep in the justice system. Lives are lost, murders committed and Jenna has to decide who to trust as she, herself, is horribly threatened.
This is a fast paced thriller with numerous twists and well developed characters as Jenna finds herself caught in a lethal battle between rich and powerful men who will stop at nothing to save their positions. Narrator Logan McAllister gives a superb reading, clear, well paced and giving distinctive voice to the numerous protagonists.
Beyond Reasonable Doubt is the first book I have read by author, Linda Prather, but will certainly not be the last. I was very fortunate to have been gifted my copy by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you, I enjoyed it enormously, even if it did sometimes stretch credibility to it's limits, and can wholeheartedly recommend it to all who prefer their legal thrillers to take place outside of the courtroom.
- Norma Miles