The author of the Last Policeman trilogy returns with a sweeping legal thriller that follows a teenager incapacitated by a routine surgery that went awry, sparking a lawsuit whose repercussions reverberate across time. A decade after the suit, lawyer Jay Shenk is hired once again by the boy's family—this time by his father, who is charged with the murder of the expert witness from the 2008 hospital case.
The unconventional story structure is as intriguing as the concepts woven into the work. Ben H. Winters’ rich writing style and haunting storytelling will suit those who love novels that are hard to define and leave readers without a clear decisive finish, stories that speak to our deepest fears about the meaning of life and the nature of existence itself.
... a haunting work that sinks its hook into readers from the first page and never lets go, even after the story has ended. Author Ben H. Winters...stretches his considerable talent even further in this atmospheric, genre-blurring tale that is by turns mysterious, puzzling and ultimately frightening ... indeed a courtroom thriller, it is also a mystery and, in some very special ways, a hair-raising supernatural tale. The revelations concerning Wesley are chilling, to say the least, and literally turn the entire story on its head. Let’s just say that my inclination when finishing the book was to round up my children, all of whom are well into their adulthood, and hide them away. That happens when you read a novel with powerful plotting and characterization, and this one has it by the truckload.
Winters...has proved himself to be one of of our most fascinating genre blenders of crime and speculative fiction, a writer who never fails to challenge his readers to embrace new ideas and new forms of reality. A wonderful, thoughtful book.