Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Book Review: Under Oath by Margaret McLean



If you're a fan of John Grisham novels, then you need to take note of the sophomore efforts of author Margaret McLean. I was sent a copy of Under Oath by her publisher and I'm excited to share my honest opinion with you.
Under Oath is the thrilling story of young prosecutor, Annie Fitzgerald and a high profile murder case with trial law scenes at their best. I felt like I was sitting in the courtroom hearing testimony and I loved how McLean showed both sides of the case so well, that at times I wasn't sure who was innocent and who was really guilty. I definitely couldn't predict how the case would pan out. Only a former prosecutor could write scenes like these with such accuracy, and McLean's experience shines through.

I also liked how McLean took me along the ride for behind the scenes investigative action with Annie--this chick is smart and incredibly courageous--definitely a heroine to root for.
McLean possesses a great writing style with a knack for using triggers to place the reader right in the scene so you experience the story with all of its anxiety-riddled plot twists.

Here's a blurb from the book:

The “code of silence” remains sacred in Charlestown, one of the most historic yet insular neighborhoods of Boston. Gangster Billy Malone stand accused of killing Trevor Shea, a suspected FBI informant, with a potent dose of heroin.

Prosecutor Annie Fitzgerald must crack the infamous code of silence and battle seasoned criminal defense attorney Buddy Clancy, who unleashes reasonable doubt with his penetrating cross-examinations.

The trial explodes into a high-energy race to justice when Annie’s chief witness is killed, jurors defy their instructions, and FBI cover-ups obscure the truth. While the jurors are deliberating, Annie discovers incriminating evidence against the Malones. 

Time is of the essence...but will justice prevail?
Former prosecutor Margaret McLean combines the best of John Grisham’s legal thrillers and Dennis Lehane’s Boston crime novels in Under Oath.


If you're looking for an edge of your seat read, pick up Under Oath and let me know what you think. Have you read Margaret McLean's first book,Under Fire? It looks like another one I need to add to my To-Read list.


 I'll be posting a Q&A with author Margaret McLean, so check back to hear what she has to say.

Tell me about the books on your summer To-Read list, mine hasn't reached the ceiling yet so I'd better add a few more!

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