Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Perfect Game - Leslie Dana Kirby

The Perfect Game
Leslie Dana Kirby
Poisoned Pen, Mar 1 2015, $24.99
ISBN 9781464201776

When Lauren Rose became an emergency-medicine intern at Phoenix Good Samaritan Hospital, she was ecstatic as her sister Liz, married to Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jake Wakefield, lives nearby.  The sibling and the mate are stunned when someone kills Liz.  Neither Lauren nor Jake has time to grieve, as Scottsdale PD considers them prime suspects; the lead detectives especially hone in more on the sibling than the spouse. 

The evidence that Lauren committed sororicide mounts as forensics uncover deleted related Internet searches; a lie detector test proves inconclusive; eye witnesses testify against her; and much more add up to her in deep trouble.   Making matters worse is the only suspects have a fling.

The Perfect Game is an intriguing police-legal thriller with an excellent courtroom battle, a weak investigation and an odd (under exaggerated by me) behaving damsel in distress.  While on trial for first degree murder, Lauren’s affair with late Liz’s boyfriend will have the audience shaking their heads in disbelief; the protagonist seems in denial while making her precarious future shakier with a tryst that could be the last nail in her coffin. 

Harriet Klausner

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