by J F Freedman
Dutton, New York 1998. 1st edition, first printing.
Hardcover, 437 Pages.
Fine with no writing or marks. Dustjacket is Very Good with some shelf wear but no tears. Not price clipped.
On a soft summer night, she vanishes. With her friends sleeping nearby. With her parents wealth and power guarding her. Someone walks into the bedroom of her Montecito home and takes fourteen-year-old Emma Lancaster away. That is the first crime. A frantic search begins.
Eight days later, abduction becomes murder. Police hunt for Emma Lancasters killer. A year later, they make an arrest. With an outraged town crying out for blood, powerful media tycoon Doug Lancaster vows to see his daughters accused murderer convicted and put to death. One man stands in his way. He believes that the rush to judgment in itself is a crime.
Once a hard-driving, take-no-prisoners Santa Barbara D.A., Luke Garrison sent a defendant to the death chamber only to discover he was innocent. The last thing he needs is to come back to a place crawling with memories and bad dreams. But there's something strange about the Emma Lancaster case too many loose ends that do not add up. Although his instincts tell him to leave it alone, Luke is determined to get at the truth. If he plays it right, it could give him back his life. If he is wrong, he could die. And a killer could walk.