Natasha Cooper lives in London and writes for a variety of newspapers and journals.She was Chairman of the Crime Writer's Association in 2000/01 and regularly speaks at crime-writing conferences on both sides of the Atlantic.N. J. is the author of the Trish Maguire series and has also written psychological suspense novels as Clare Layton.
Fault Linesby Natasha Cooper
In a particularly difficult case of alleged child abuse, Trish knows that the jury's decision hinges on the persuasive testimony of her friend and star witness, Kara Huggate. When Kara doesn't appear at the trial, she realizes that something must have gone
The brilliant and idealistic Trish Maguire returns in a devastating case of corruption and conspiracy.
In a particularly difficult case of alleged child abuse, Trish knows that the jury's decision hinges on the persuasive testimony of her friend and star witness, Kara Huggate. When Kara doesn't appear at the trial, she realizes that something must have gone terribly wrong.
She returns to her chambers after court to find the police waiting for her with some horrifying news: Kara has been brutally raped and murdered. At first it seems as though her attacker was the Kingsford Rapist - a serial rapist and killer who has managed to elude the police. Then several inexplicable clues indicate that the murderer may have been a copy cat.
Trish receives a letter from Kara, posted the night of her death, asking her to help a suspicious man named Blair Collons. Although Trish decides to help him out of loyalty and affection for her friend, she cannot understand why Kara cared so much for the paranoid and strangely obsessive Blair. Soon Trish finds herself mired in his unhappy story, with potentially devastating consequences.
Fault Lines is a tense and disturbing examination of the power of corruption and the lengths to which people will go to protect themselves.
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Thirty-two years old London barrister Trish Maguire delays her latest case because her key witness fails to keep her court appointment. Trish learns why social worker Kara Huggate did not make her date when the police arrive to question the barrister. Someone tortured, raped, and murdered Kara in her home. Trish thinks the ¿Kingsford Rapist¿ has returned after a three-year absence to wreck havoc on the small village where six women were molested. Trish soon receives a letter from Kara written just before she was killed. The note asks Trish to help Blair Collins on his wrongful job termination case. Reluctantly, but out of homage and loyalty to Kara, Trish decides to accept the case, but as soon as she meets Blair she concludes he is a paranoid individual filled with delusions. Trish begins to believe that Blair murdered Kara, a theory the police think is very plausible. However, when the truth behind Kara¿s death is revealed nobody is prepared for the far ranging repercussions. Natasha Cooper is a talented mystery writer who has gained much acclaim throughout England. However, American readers who are not conversant with British legal terms and law enforcement acronyms will find the story line jarring because the audience must stop reading and try to figure out the meaning of a phrase. The protagonist is a likable person who distrusts people, yet still goes the extra kilometer to protect her clients. This turns Trish into a heroic figure willing to risk her own safety. It is Trish that makes FAULTS LINES worth reading for anyone who enjoys a courageous female protagonist, is an Anglophile, or wants to understand the vernacular of the British system. If your taste is apple pie not shepherd¿s pie, this novel is not for you. Harriet Klausner