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For thirty years, Brendan Murphy has done the impossible. He has kept his client, Professor Edward Wynne Carter, III, alive on Virginia's Death Row. Brendan knows Ed did not kill his pregnant wife in the fall of 1983. But now Ed's execution date has been set. Thirty years ago, when she was just out of law school, McKenzie Fitzgerald, interviewed Ed’s alibi witness. But s For thirty years, Brendan Murphy has done the impossible. He has kept his client, Professor Edward Wynne Carter, III, alive on Virginia's Death Row. Brendan knows Ed did not kill his pregnant wife in the fall of 1983. But now Ed's execution date has been set. Thirty years ago, when she was just out of law school, McKenzie Fitzgerald, interviewed Ed’s alibi witness. But she forgot to turn on the tape recorder. The next day, the witness vanished. McKenzie convinced herself that Ed was guilty and lied to cover up her mistake. Now a nationally renowned civil litigator and former Harvard law professor, McKenzie is a nominee to be a justice on the United States Supreme Court. But when she learns that Ed’s execution date has been set, McKenzie must choose between saving Ed’s life and saving her career. Will Brendan uncover McKenzie’s secret in time to stop Ed’s execution? .


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For thirty years, Brendan Murphy has done the impossible. He has kept his client, Professor Edward Wynne Carter, III, alive on Virginia's Death Row. Brendan knows Ed did not kill his pregnant wife in the fall of 1983. But now Ed's execution date has been set. Thirty years ago, when she was just out of law school, McKenzie Fitzgerald, interviewed Ed’s alibi witness. But s For thirty years, Brendan Murphy has done the impossible. He has kept his client, Professor Edward Wynne Carter, III, alive on Virginia's Death Row. Brendan knows Ed did not kill his pregnant wife in the fall of 1983. But now Ed's execution date has been set. Thirty years ago, when she was just out of law school, McKenzie Fitzgerald, interviewed Ed’s alibi witness. But she forgot to turn on the tape recorder. The next day, the witness vanished. McKenzie convinced herself that Ed was guilty and lied to cover up her mistake. Now a nationally renowned civil litigator and former Harvard law professor, McKenzie is a nominee to be a justice on the United States Supreme Court. But when she learns that Ed’s execution date has been set, McKenzie must choose between saving Ed’s life and saving her career. Will Brendan uncover McKenzie’s secret in time to stop Ed’s execution? .

30 review for Keeping Secrets, A Legal Thriller

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Houston

    Great read! I really enjoyed this book. It pulled me in from beginning to end. I Appreciated the detail descriptions of the characters, places and times frames.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cath

    This is a great story about the death penalty procedure in the United States and its many outcomes. A man called Professor Edward Wynne Carter has been on death row for nearly 30 years and his lawyer Brendan Murphy has been doing his best to keep him from being executed all this time. Brendan believes his client is completely innocent and was elsewhere at the time his pregnant wife was killed, but no-one else believed it. He went through three separate trials and was given the death penalty in e This is a great story about the death penalty procedure in the United States and its many outcomes. A man called Professor Edward Wynne Carter has been on death row for nearly 30 years and his lawyer Brendan Murphy has been doing his best to keep him from being executed all this time. Brendan believes his client is completely innocent and was elsewhere at the time his pregnant wife was killed, but no-one else believed it. He went through three separate trials and was given the death penalty in each. All his appeals have failed, even the last one which proved that the original witnesses had all been lying about his whereabouts. To make matters worse, a person who could have proven his innocence, with a witness statement they were sent to take to take a woman’s statement, when she herself was just out of law school and didn’t realise until afterwards that she hadn’t turned on the tape recorder. She went back the next dy and the woman had cleared out of her apartment and disappeared! The new lawyer is called McKenzie Fitzgerald and now 30 years later she is being considered as a judge for the Supreme Court. Apart from this small error, early in her career, which she told nobody about, she has been ab exemplary lawyer. Now McKenzie has to get real and decide if her career is more important than an innocent man’s life! She hasn’t spoken up for 30 years and Ed Carter has sat on death row all that time. The story goes back and forth between Carter and McKenzie’s stories and the other people involved in all manners. Whether that be as witnesses, those trying to see Ed executed, or those trying to save him. It was a good read, with lots to learn about the process from trial through to death sentence and the date of execution being set. Also a look at the law school scene and the work of a lawyer, from student, newbie lawyer and then onwards to a possible appointment as a judge and the background investigations for the candidates, much like an election for president. You think that a simple error from your past will never come back to bite you in the back, even when you think your error made no difference in the outcome of the trial due to other witnesses evidence. How many so called ‘death row’ inmates are later exonerated, by justice groups taking their cases and proving them innocent. Whether this is originally due to inefficient legal representation, hiding of evidence, insufficient investigation of the original crime and just going for the easiest suspect, there are many faults with the system. Bring in the problems with soon to be outdated drugs used for the actual executions and the fact there have been some bad results, make many believe the death sentences should be stopped. I really enjoyed reading this. You learn early on that a secret has been held, by someone that could have helped in Ed Carters case, right from the start. Yet, she is not the only person that was holding onto secrets and not wanting certain aspects of their lives to be made public. Tales of affairs and inappropriate behaviour all add to the twists in the tale. The book is a great length, giving it enough space to add in all the side stories required to make the case more complex and leaving you guessing as to who was actually responsible. A great who dun it! I received an ARC copy of this book from Hidden Gems and thoroughly enjoyed the read. I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ava M Bartley

    WOW!!! This book is so good. Grabbed me from page one to the very last page. This book in in my favorite genre and I have read a lot of books, but never one like this one. So many twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out, it went in a different direction. The characters were very well developed and believable. The storyline was incredible and so detailed. I felt like I was involved in this story and knew the characters personally. First book of this author but won't be my last. WOW!!! This book is so good. Grabbed me from page one to the very last page. This book in in my favorite genre and I have read a lot of books, but never one like this one. So many twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out, it went in a different direction. The characters were very well developed and believable. The storyline was incredible and so detailed. I felt like I was involved in this story and knew the characters personally. First book of this author but won't be my last. Highly recommend this book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    This book is so good!!!! Ed Carter has been on death row since 1983 for the brutal death of his wife and his lawyer, Brendan, has managed to keep him alive for 30 years. An execution date has now been handed down and the race is on to try to save him. With the help of many people, the story and the events of that night slowly come out. Truths are revealed that maybe should have just been kept quiet. This was a such a great book! I still wasn't sure if he was innocent or not until the end of the This book is so good!!!! Ed Carter has been on death row since 1983 for the brutal death of his wife and his lawyer, Brendan, has managed to keep him alive for 30 years. An execution date has now been handed down and the race is on to try to save him. With the help of many people, the story and the events of that night slowly come out. Truths are revealed that maybe should have just been kept quiet. This was a such a great book! I still wasn't sure if he was innocent or not until the end of the book. Great legal read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I liked the book. I could see a lot of this playing out in real life and that is very scary. I did doubt my thoughts on the book for a bit and was glad that I was right about what happened but I loved the fact that I doubted myself. It makes the book more interesting. I had a hard time keeping some of the characters straight but once I understood the connections it wasn't too bad. I got this book for free and I wanted to give my honest review. I will absolutely read more by this author! I liked the book. I could see a lot of this playing out in real life and that is very scary. I did doubt my thoughts on the book for a bit and was glad that I was right about what happened but I loved the fact that I doubted myself. It makes the book more interesting. I had a hard time keeping some of the characters straight but once I understood the connections it wasn't too bad. I got this book for free and I wanted to give my honest review. I will absolutely read more by this author!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dave N'renee

    would make a good tv legal miniseries. too many infidelities...to many “loves of my life”. thought it would work good for a tv season. but the death penalty issues and the execution stays and trials were interesting enough to hold the whole thing together. netfix or amazon should consider ...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Margaret Leedy

    A wonderful and extremely moving novel The characters are so well described that I felt their fears, losses and hopes as if they were part of my circle of family and friends! A descriptive writing dealing with mental health, the law, but of greatest importance the very essence of what makes us human!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Although this book is not referred to as part of a series, it has many of the same characters introduced in Mirror, Mirror. As a result, the author baldly outlines the characters assuming that you are familiar with them and their relationships. That said, it is a very entertaining “who done it”.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Strommen

    Wow! At first it was hard keeping all of the characters straight, but eventually it happened. I found the story interesting. I kept doubting who the real killer was and guessed wrong a lot. Great storytelling. Would’ve liked a little more to 5e ending but we can’t have everything.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen C. Perez

    This is definitely hard to put down Keeping Secrets - Like the other books in this series this is very hard to put down, somehow once you start and get engrossed in the story you just want to keep on reading through to the end. Definitely a good series and a good author

  11. 5 out of 5

    kathy dooley

    Confusing I needed a notepad to keep track of all the characters. This could have been a compelling mystery, but I spent too much time trying to connect the dots between the characters. In the end, the conclusion was out of left field. Not worth the effort

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie Moore

    Good book, suspenseful, though sometimes you need a cheat sheet to keep all the characters straight. Seems like some of them were superfluous and interfered with the flow of the story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue Hines

    Amazing I love the books by this author. This one was superb. Lots of details, great characters, and brilliant plot makes this book a great and hard to put down book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    megan wykle

    This is my first book by this author and it won't be my last. Good plot with amaze detAiled characters. I couldn't put it down. This is my first book by this author and it won't be my last. Good plot with amaze detAiled characters. I couldn't put it down.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joyce Grossman

    Book was very good but the author is very negative about her reviwes

  16. 5 out of 5

    Verdie Brown

    A real twist in the end I have read all 3 Warrick-Thompson Files books and enjoyed each of them. This one has a twist that I never saw coming! Keep up the good work Deborah Hawkins

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sambasivan

    Not as good as the previous two. But still a terrific read. The story moves at a crackling pace but the ending was not a big surprise. However well done.

  18. 5 out of 5

    K-BRC

    A five star legal thriller with more twists than a mountain highway. This book will hold your attention from the first page through the very last. The characters are fully developed with multiple layers bringing them sharply to life.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Burcham

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Calton

  21. 4 out of 5

    Daniel S. Shepardson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

  23. 5 out of 5

    Russ VanDevanter

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mleehall

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bill Young

  26. 4 out of 5

    Judy K Herrera

  27. 5 out of 5

    Darlene F. Harmon

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chandrashekar P

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robin Martin

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