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Lily Forester, one of suspense fiction's most intriguing and unique heroines, made her debut in Nancy Taylor Rosenberg's bestselling thriller, Mitigating Circumstances. Lily was an ambitious district attorney when she and her daughter, Shana, were attacked and raped by a vicious killer. Though they escaped with their lives, Lily sought her own form of vengeance, fearing that justice would never be served. Now, six years later, Lily's cold-blooded murder of the man she thought was responsible for the attack has come back to haunt her. Not only is her deed about to be exposed, jeopardizing her career in the Santa Barbara D.A.'s office; her sense of guilt is driving her to the edge, particularly since she knows she killed the wrong man.
When Lily's deadbeat ex-husband, John, gets behind the wheel of a car after a few too many drinks, he runs down a pedestrian and then flees the scene. When he is later arrested, he decides to blackmail Lily by threatening to tell the police about the man she killed, unless she bails him out and loans him money. To make matters worse, Lily learns that the man who really did rape her and Shana has recently been paroled and seen in the area of Shana's apartment. And rumor has it he's carrying a picture of Shana around in his wallet.
The only bright spot in Lily's life is the return of Richard Fowler, a brilliant defense attorney and the man she fell in love with six years before. Richard also knows the truth about Lily, but that's little consolation when John decides to spill the beans in a moment of desperation and Lily finds herself in the hot seat in a reopened homicide investigation. Balancing her career, her love life, and her and her daughter's safety taxes Lily to the limit. Finally, things escalate to the point where Lily realizes she can no longer hide behind her lies, though she knows the truth may well destroy her and everyone she loves.
The return of Lily Forester should be welcome news to Rosenberg's old fans, and the screaming suspense of Buried Evidence should earn her a cadre of new ones. (Beth Amos)