Imminent Harm by Robin James (Cass Leary Legal Thriller Series Book 6)
English | 2020 | Mystery & Thriller | ePUB | 2.8 MB
Robin James is an attorney and former law professor. She’s worked on a wide range of civil, criminal and family law cases in her twenty-year legal career. She also spent over a decade as supervising attorney for a Michigan legal clinic assisting thousands of people who could not otherwise afford access to justice.
Her reputation is on the line. A woman’s life is in danger. Can she stop them both from flatlining?
Lawyer Cass Leary is desperate for a break from her family drama. And when a local judge asks for help protecting his sister from domestic abuse, she sees an opportunity to resurrect her career. But the case quickly turns ugly when her client vanishes without a trace.
Convinced the volatile husband is behind the disappearance, Cass doubles down on her frantic search. But she’s unprepared for the tragic twist that could upend the entire Delphi court system…
With powerful figures circling, can Cass expose the shocking truth before her voice is silenced?
I took the opposite bench and folded my hands on the table. I ordered an iced tea and a toasted bagel when the waitress came.
At forty-two, Kent Tucker was one of the youngest judges on the local bench. His election had been a bit of a coup as he had only lived in the county for about five years before that. He’d made a small fortune as an asbestos lawyer, from what I was told. A lot of people thought he bought his way to the bench, but I’d so far found him a fair and thoughtful jurist. It also helped he didn’t have deep family connections in town like most of the good ol’ boy network around Delphi.
“Well, I’m curious,” I said. “You didn’t say much on the phone.”
Tucker sipped his own iced tea and gave the waitress a polite smile as she set down my bagel. The judge was working on a club sandwich. When the waitress left, I quietly scraped off about an inch of cream cheese from each half of my bagel before taking a bite.
“I need your help,” he said.
I dabbed the corner of my mouth with a napkin. “I figured that much out already. What’s going on?”
He tapped the blank screen of his phone before answering. “It’s my sister. I’m worried about her.”
Being an out-of-towner, I knew little about Kent Tucker’s family. Hell, most of Delphi would have considered him an out-of-towner even if he had lived here twenty years. He hadn’t.
“I’ve tried to look out for her,” he said. “But she’s had a rough go. Not that a lot of it she didn’t bring on herself. We weren’t close growing up. Ten years apart. I had an older sister, Cindy. We were kind of inseparable. She passed away when I was eight. My parents kind of had Annie to, I don’t know, replace Cindy. We lost her in a car accident. My mom was driving.”
“I’m sorry,” I said. “That must have been a pretty awful time for your family.”
He shrugged. “I was just a kid. It wasn’t Annie’s fault, but it was hard not to resent her for even existing at that time.”
“I can imagine,” I said.
“I wasn’t always there for her,” he said. “My parents’ marriage fell apart. I think Annie grew up blaming herself for a lot of it. Kinda hard for a kid not to think she wasn’t enough for them to hold it all together, you know?”
I took a sip of my tea. I’d never spoken to Judge Tucker except in open court or a polite hello in the hallways. If anything, I always found him stoic. As far as I knew, he didn’t really socialize with anyone outside the courthouse. Being a judge could be a lonely life in that way. It could cause problems if he went on golf outings or lunched with lawyers who appeared before him. Which was why I was doubly stunned as to why I was sitting here. And why he just unloaded most of his life story on me, a near stranger to him.
“What’s going on, Judge?” I asked.