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Did Cole mistakenely alibi the real serial killer, or is the real killer framing Cole's former client?
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2015
The premise is gruesome: A serial killer has been preying on women. The police believe they've caught the killer. The man claims his innocence and his lawyer hires Elvis to check out the alibi. The alibi is bullet-proof and so the man is released. Elvis is confident that he's prevented a miscarriage of justice though this means the killer remains loose. The case is closed. The police are angry - believing that Cole cleared a killer but Elvis is OK with that in his confidence in the man's innocence.
Several years later the man is found dead by apparent suicide with a photo album full of pictures that could only have been taken by the actual killer. The police say "Aha! We were right!". But Elvis can't believe the man he cleared the real killer. The police are happy to accept the circumstantial evidence found with the body as sufficient proof of his guilt and are willing to close the case, blaming Elvis for the victims who were killed after the man he cleared was released. The families of the more recent victims blame Elvis too. So Elvis begins his own investigation to confirm whether he missed something the first time or whether the real killer has framed the dead man.
The answer will surprise you and the adventures of Cole and Pike along the way make this book an enjoyable read equal to any of Crais' previous books in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed every page and found it difficult to put down.