Cold Justiceby jonnie jacobs
When her friend Anne
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Nowhere do startling intrigue and enthralling authenticity come together so powerfully as in the Kali O'Brien thrillers from former attorney Jonnie Jacobs. Now the San Francisco lawyer takes on a case that hits too close to home: the murder of her best friend by a serial killer who steps from the very pages of Kali's own past . . .
When her friend Anne misses a dinner engagement, Kali knows that something must be wrong, but nothing could possibly prepare her for the news that Anne's body as been found – strangled and provocatively posed next to a Dumpster. When a yellow rose and a poem are sent to Anne's husband, Kali's worst fears are realized.
Kali has seen that particular calling card before. Eight years ago, while working for the district attorney's office, she helped to prosecute a serial killer known as the Bayside Strangler – a man recently executed for his crimes. When Anne's death is followed by another similar one, it raises the possibility that either an innocent man was executed – or a dangerous copycat is on the loose. Either way spells doom for Owen Nelson, the ambitions DA who became famous for putting the Bayside Strangler behind bars – and who is now running for governor of California.
With his political career hanging in the balances, Owen persuades Kali to return to the DA's office for one purpose only: to obtain an airtight conviction. Now, Kali must put aside her grief and delve deeply into the sealed secrets of a case long thought closed, searching for the clue that links the past to the present – and for the deadly mistake that let a killer walk free, waiting for the chance to strike again. When a third body is discovered, Kali realizes that the victims are anything but random. A chilling pattern is emerging, a pattern that points directly to the next target – Kali herself . . .
– Boston Globe
Meet the Author
Jonnie Jacobs is the bestselling author of twelve mystery and suspense novels, and the forthcoming Paradise Falls (early 2012.) A former practicing attorney and the mother of two grown sons, she lives in northern California with her husband. Email her at or visit her on the web at
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I love these mystery books. Kali is very likeable, believeable and great at bringing the reader into the world of our judical system.
The Bayside Strangler claimed five victims before Dwayne Allen Davis was tried, convicted and executed. The man who tried that case, First ADA Owen Nelson rose to prominence for his handling of the case and is now the District Attorney. He is running for governor of California and Kali O¿Brien who helped him prosecute that case is now a defense attorney. Kali is thinking of going into partnership with legal peer and friend Annie Bailey when Anne is killed in a manner similar to that of some of the victims of the Bayside Strangler. Owen hires Kali to liaison with the police on the case. Both pray that the state didn¿t execute an innocent man. To complicate matters even further, it becomes obvious by the third homicide that the killer has some link to the previous investigation because the culprit has knowledge only somebody close to the case would have. COLD JUSTICE is a fascinating police procedural starring a heroine who is likable, believable and endearing. There is a plethora of suspects who could be the murderer and readers won¿t be able to judge who the real killer is until the author chooses to reveal the identity of that person. Jonnie Jacobs is a very skilled writer who gets better with each book she writes. Harriet Klausner