The Guilty Die Twice

by Don Hartshorn (Author)
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Two estranged brothers represent opposing sides of a high-profile double-murder case in this legal thriller debut.

Ten years ago, a capital murder case in the heart of Texas split the Lynch family in two. Conscience-stricken Travis left his high-powered law firm to become a public defender, while bullish Jake rose to become District Attorney. Now, estranged lawyer brothers Travis and Jake Lynch find themselves on opposing sides of an Austin courtroom in a high-profile, grisly double murder case—with another accused criminal’s life on the line. Both Lynches are convinced they’re on the right side, but the truth turns out to be more complicated—and deadly.

A drug deal double-cross turns lethal, killing two college students and leaving one paralyzed. The victim never saw the gunman but he knows one name: Sam Park. Travis defended Sam’s brother years before. His heart won’t let him turn down the case, even knowing it’ll bring him face-to-face with Jake after ten years of cold silence. Jake, meanwhile, runs afoul of the Austin political machine and needs a case like this to win an upcoming election. And Sam, the prime suspect, won’t talk—not to Travis, and certainly not to the high-and-mighty DA—and time is running out. . . .

Can these feuding brothers put aside a decade of enmity in the name of true justice? Or will the truth of what really happened that bloody night go to the grave with Sam Park?

Perfect for fans of Due Process by Scott Pratt, The Family Lawyer by James Patterson, Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, and The Fifth Justice by John Ellsworth.

Publication date
September 21, 2021
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