Review of Trial and Terror
Annie Johnson
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By Annie Johnson
Published on 09/16/2012
The good news is that public defender Summer Neuwirth just won her first case, which involved a brutal rape and kidnapping. The bad news? Her client was guilty. What’s more, he knows all about Summer’s past. As Summer pursues her next case, this time to keep an innocent woman off death row, elements of that past–a mysterious case of childhood amnesia, her police officer father’s involvement with a serial killer, a terrifying attack she survived just months earlier–entwine with her present legal work, her missing mother, and her rocky relationship with a private investigator, all of which culminate in a thrilling trial… and terror.

Review of Trial and Terror
Trial and Terror is Mystery Thriller by Adam L. Penenberg. The story follows Summer Neuwirth, a young public defender who is assigned to defend a man facing charges in the rape and kidnapping of Leah Davenport. Her client, Shadow Marsalis, is obviously a creepy guy. His work is as shady as his name and there’s even a video of him raping the plaintiff, but by taking advantage of the inconsistencies in her story, Summer is able to cast doubt on the version of events given by Leah. Despite Summer herself having been the victim of a rape previously, she pushes on in representing a man who is definitely guilty. During the entire trial, Shadow shows some unusually inappropriate behavior toward Summer which leads to him actually reciting her credit card number and social security number while the verdict is being read. When he’s found not guilty, Summer immediately regrets helping him get off. The weirdo repays his public defender by freaking her out with the information that the prosecutor who mysteriously didn’t show for the trial was actually dead since the night before. It signals the start of an even more turbulent period of Summer’s life. Even worse, it was too much for her to ask for protection against the man that she just helped to set free. Now, it seems, that the District Attorney is also out to get Summer as they proceed to call a hearing to accuse her of a felony in retaliation for her winning a case that would have otherwise been an easy win for them. From there, her father’s past, which was deeply entrenched in seedy dealings clashes with her present turmoil and even the case of her mother who had gone missing. The book is fast-paced and easy to follow. It’s an interesting to follow a public defender, a position which is less than glamorous and one that isn’t thought about to any great extent. The characters are diverse and interesting, each one offering up traits that play on the imagination. Fans of court and legal thrillers will enjoy the book as it goes through the antics and drama that come with the territory of court proceedings. This book will make for an enjoyable weekend read in a quiet area. You’ll want the room to be quiet lest you miss any of the details. This is a read that you may have to flip back in the book to reread earlier chapters. There is quite a lot to pay attention to and some of it is easy to miss. If you enjoy puzzles and riddles, it will only add to the enjoyment you’ll get from the book.