The Holdout

Random. Feb. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9780399591778. $28. THRILLER
Ten years ago, L.A. defense attorney Maya Seale served on the jury of the high-profile murder trial of a teacher accused of killing one of his students, the daughter of a local real estate mogul. Maya believed the teacher was innocent and swayed fellow jurors to her side; they eventually reached an acquittal. On the anniversary of the trial, the jurors are reunited for a true crime documentary. One of the group who had since recanted and searched for new evidence of the teacher’s guilt is found dead in Maya’s hotel room. Now she must go on the run and use all of her lawyer skills to find out who killed the juror and uncover the secrets in the long-stagnant case.
VERDICT The twists are sharp and the flashbacks that uncover what each juror knows are placed for maximum impact in this rollicking legal thriller. In this departure from his carefully plotted historical fiction, Moore (The Last Days of Night) expertly combines deft character work with mounting bombshell revelations in a story that will attract new readers and also seems primed for the big screen. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]

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