The Guilty Die Twice by Don Hartshorn #BookReview #TCKPublishing #4*

Two attorney brothers. Two bullet-riddled corpses. Two sides to the story.

Ten years ago, a capital murder case in the heart of Texas split the Lynch family in two. Now, estranged lawyer brothers Travis and Jake Lynch find themselves on opposing sides of the courtroom in a high-profile, grisly double murder case—with another accused criminal’s life on the line. Conscience-stricken Travis left his high-powered law firm to become a public defender, while bullish Jake rose to become District Attorney. The case pits brother against brother in a contest of wits, wills, and legal savvy that will shake the justice system to its core: both Lynches are convinced they’re in the right, but the truth turns out to be more complicated—and deadly—than either could have possibly imagined.

A drug deal double-cross turns lethal, leaving two corpses and one victim paralyzed for life. The victim never saw the gunman, but he knows one name: Sam Park. Travis defended Sam’s brother years before, and 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 high-profile conviction to win a tough upcoming election. And Sam, the star witness and 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?

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 will love this book, as well as people who love to read about:

  • True crime
  • Legal thrillers
  • Courtroom drama
  • Texas legal dynasties
  • Political drama

More Than A Legal Thriller!

This is a book which needs the reader’s full attention – there’s so much going on!

Travis and Jake Lynch are not only brothers, they are both lawyers. Ten years ago they were both involved in a capital case which caused a massive chasm in the family. Now they find themselves on opposing sides again – this time in a double murder case. With one brother choosing to always fight for the underdog and the other now occupying the office of District Attorney this promises to be quite a show – and in the public eye.

This is far more than just a legal thriller; in order to understand what’s happening now we have to discover what went on a decade ago. From time to time I found my attention wandering, perhaps if the synopsis had been less revealing I wouldn’t always have been waiting for stuff to happen. The characterisation is terrific throughout and the story excellent but I would have liked it to be a little sharper. There is a LOT packed into this one and it’s all finished off with a great ending. An author to watch and worth a full four stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: legal thriller

Author Bio

Don Hartshorn is an author, freelance editor, volunteer mediator, and globetrotter. He draws inspiration for his stories both from man’s highest aspirations and from his petty, grimy motivations. After traveling the world for the US government and doing time as a prisoner of Corporate America’s well-oiled machine, this Texas native son has come home to roost in San Antonio. And there he’ll stay—until the next big adventure comes calling.

Don is the author of the legal thriller The Guilty Die Twice published by TCK Publishing.



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