Coming in 2022: Return to Martin County, Illinois, for more courtroom drama and
surprises in my second novel, “A Question of Innocence”:
David Rathman, Martin County State’s Attorney, has every reason to believe that
the biggest case of his career is a lead pipe cinch conviction. After all, Carolyn Gallagher
admittedly shot her sleeping husband, Dr. Grant Gallager, twice in the head from a range
of no more than two inches.
But, as Carolyn’s attorney, harried and overworked Martin County Public Defender,
Karen Pellegrini, learns about the Gallagher marriage and what went on behind closed
doors, she realizes she has been given the greatest challenge and responsibility a
criminal defense attorney can assume: defending a truly innocent client.
Then when celebrity attorney, Marcus Jackson, learns of the case and smells
publicity, he volunteers to join the defense team. And little Martin County prepares to
become the venue for the murder trial of the decade.
Can Karen and Marcus convince a local jury that the revered Dr. Gallagher was,
in truth, a monster, and Carolyn a battered spouse who acted in self-defense? Or will
even more secrets be uncovered?