Bo is the only African American litigator in Pulaski, Tennessee, and that is not easy for him. We found a bit of his past history in Bailey’s previous books, and though I don’t want to give anything away, I highly recommend you read the series if you haven’t yet. Another interesting character from previous books is Attorney General Helen Lewis, and she plays a key role in this novel, Legacy of Lies.
When Helen refuses to drop statutory and forcible rape charges against Michael Zannick, who is powerful, unscrupulous, and rich, she is visited by her ex-husband, Butch Renfroe. Butch knows where the skeletons are buried in Helen’s closet, and he threatens to reveal them if she doesn’t drop the charges. Butch is killed the next evening, and evidence leads them to Helen. Witnesses saw her at Butch’s house that evening, and a weapon is linked to her. She had a clear motive, and the Sheriff has no choice but to arrest her.
Knowing that she would be arrested, Helen tracks down Bo and asks him to take her case. Bo is going through his own family and career problems and is reluctant to take the case. He ultimately decides to do it for Helen, and what follows is another of Robert Bailey’s top notch Deep South legal thrillers. Each character adds another layer to Legacy of Lies, and the twists and turns will definitely keep you turning pages deep into the night.
Publisher - Thomas & Mercer
Date of Publication - June 1, 2020