Missing Justice (Samantha Kincaid Series #2)

Missing Justice (Samantha Kincaid Series #2)

by Alafair Burke
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Missing Justice (Samantha Kincaid Series #2) by Alafair Burke


Newly promoted Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid's first assignment back after a much-needed vacation is a hot one: Judge Clarissa Easterbrook has gone missing from a wealthy Portland neighborhood, and Sam has to make the DA look good until the prodigal judge returns. Yet it soon becomes clear that the woman didn't vanish voluntarily-and it's no surprise when her bludgeoned body turns up at a local construction site.


What is surprising is how quickly a suspect is apprehended while Clarissa's husband, a prominent surgeon, is cleared of suspicion. It all seems a bit cut-and-dried to Sam, especially when she discovers that Clarissa was keeping secrets that the city's elite would prefer to stay hidden.


Now, with each piece of the puzzle she uncovers, Sam is getting closer to the truth-and to the wrong side of some very powerful people. It seems Clarissa's secrets may have caught up to her in the worst of ways. And in her quest to exonerate an innocent man, Sam could be next in line...

"A wonderful writer, with the kind of skill I most admire...I'm a big fan"

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"A very clever whodunit long on red herrings, shadowy motives, and sly humor."


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312933159
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/03/2005
Series: Samantha Kincaid Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.69(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

A former deputy district attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair Burke now teaches criminal law at Hofstra School of Law and lives in Long Island, New York. She is the daughter of acclaimed crime writer James Lee Burke.

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Missing Justice (Samantha Kincaid Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
sdrice More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I felt it flowed well with just the right amount of plot twists. Character development was good and I felt like I got to know the main character as a person.
Admon Alexander More than 1 year ago
Sam does it again.... the main character Samantha always trusts her instincts even if she under minds her supervisors. Butke ( author) continues to inform you about court room etique and law enforcement. The story of Samantha entertains throughout as Burke continues to develop Samantha's character in series number two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a short hiatus from a grizzly attack, Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid jumps right back to work on the case of missing judge Clarissa Easterbrook. While rumors float around about the disappearance, the discovery of Clarissa's battered body lands Samantha on her first capital case. The evidence leads Samantha and the detectives to Melvin Jackson, a poverty stricken single father battling the system. While the evidence points to a sure conviction, a few lose strings quickly unravel into an explosive plot and a wide variety of suspects. The scandals involving corruption, politics, adultery and even Samantha's own father arise in this well put together novel. The quick twists and well-executed yet surprising climax make this novel a great read. Valerie Jones
Guest More than 1 year ago
After accidently coming across this author on NPR over the summer, I've had a chance to read both of her novels, this one and Judgment Calls. Any real fan of mysteries would love her gripping details of a case from start to finish. I could not put this book down! I enjoy this writer's style. Her main character Samantha Kinkaid is awesome! She is clever, witty, and funny to boot! I definitely recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Based on the strong recommendation from Michael Connelly, I gave this book a try, and I'm definitely glad that I did. Sam Kincaid is a tough Assistant DA paying her dues in the gritty world of crime and punishment in Portland, Oregon. She gets transferred to the Major Crimes Unit just in time to follow the trail of missing judge Clarissa Easterbrook. She uncovers a great deal of interesting facts along the way, which give the reader keen insight into the political and socio-economic realities of a growing city like Portland. All the while, Sam manages to find time for a personal life made colorful by her friends, hunky boyfriend and supportive father. The pacing of the story is great and accurately reflects the busy hum of modern life. All readers can identify with Sam Kincaid as she struggles to work hard and make a name for herself, but not become cynical and jaded. The verbal exchanges she has with co-workers (cops and lawyers) are tart and no-nonsense, reflecting the pressure of dedicating oneself to the cause of criminal justice. Overall, I think the publishing community will be hearing alot from Ms. Burke in the near future. I liked this book so much, I just picked up her first 'Judgment Calls' and can't wait to devour it.
Terry-Grimes_ More than 1 year ago
Alafair is a awesome writer . Her Characters Ellie and Samantha presented to us with flaws yet you can foolow them anywhere. Great reaadas. Thank You
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I will bypass books such as this author with unacceptable language (by my standards). Great books/mysteries are available without a lot of four-letter words.