Absolute Certainty

By Rose Connors
Read by Bernadette Dunne

The Marty Nickerson Series: Book 1

6.53 Hours 07/01/2003 unabridged
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Martha “Marty” Nickerson, an assistant district attorney on Cape Cod, speaks for victims of crime and their families and sees the system as a means for doing right. The case of Manuel Rodriguez is a prime example. Rodriguez is accused of brutally murdering a college student, a kind young man with a bright future. Marty has worked hard on this case. As the mother of a teenage son, she feels a deep obligation to the murdered boy’s grieving parents. Her case against Rodriguez is so solid that even public defender Harry Madigan, the champion of the Cape’s underdogs, expects a conviction. And, on Memorial Day, a year after the crime, the verdict comes in: guilty as charged. But soon, another body turns up in disturbingly similar circumstances, and Marty begins to question her victory. Did she and her colleagues target the wrong man? Her supervisor refuses to reopen such a high-profile case. Why should they? The prosecutors played by the rules and won big. But Marty fears that the real killer will strike again. With her career on the line and lives at stake, Marty must rely on her own moral compass, legal savvy, and gut instinct as she matches wits with a twisted killer. The system itself is on trial as Marty tries to serve justice, not merely the law.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2003Mary Higgins Clark Award

Martha “Marty” Nickerson, an assistant district attorney on Cape Cod, speaks for victims of crime and their families and sees the system as a means for doing right. The case of Manuel Rodriguez is a prime example. Rodriguez is accused of brutally murdering a college student, a kind young man with a bright future. Marty has worked hard on this case. As the mother of a teenage son, she feels a deep obligation to the murdered boy’s grieving parents. Her case against Rodriguez is so solid that even public defender Harry Madigan, the champion of the Cape’s underdogs, expects a conviction. And, on Memorial Day, a year after the crime, the verdict comes in: guilty as charged. But soon, another body turns up in disturbingly similar circumstances, and Marty begins to question her victory. Did she and her colleagues target the wrong man?

Her supervisor refuses to reopen such a high-profile case. Why should they? The prosecutors played by the rules and won big. But Marty fears that the real killer will strike again. With her career on the line and lives at stake, Marty must rely on her own moral compass, legal savvy, and gut instinct as she matches wits with a twisted killer. The system itself is on trial as Marty tries to serve justice, not merely the law.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A gripping combination of crime novel, courtroom drama, and psychological suspense.” Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author
“A thinking person's thriller...savvy and riveting.” Perri O'Shaughnessy, New York Times bestselling author
“Sleek, straightforward entertainment.” Publishers Weekly
“Gripping courtroom scenes, crisp details of the legal system, vividly realized local color, and a nuanced portrait of the close-knit community, including Marty’s personal life, all add up to a satisfying, often poignant debut novel.” Booklist
“[Connors’] flair for crisp, tightly focused dialogue is especially evident in audio...With the flair and facility of a veteran storyteller, Dunne unerringly turns fine writing into a magnetic listening experience. Mystery fans will be pleased.” Booklist audio review

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Author

Author Bio: Rose Connors

Rose Connors received her law degree from Duke University in 1984 and has been a trial attorney for two decades. She is the author of Absolute Certainty, which won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best first novel. She lives with her family on Cape Cod, where she spends summers commercial shell fishing with her two teenage sons.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 6.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English