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Airtight    by David Rosenfelt order for
by David Rosenfelt
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Minotaur, 2013 (2013)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

David Rosenfelt, author of the popular series of light legal mysteries starring reluctant lawyer Andy Carpenter, also writes standalones, often with most unusual premises. He applies different 'what if?' setups to these mysteries. And this time it's a doozy!

After Second Circuit Court of Appeals nominee, Judge Daniel Brennan, is found murdered in his driveway, a tip sends New Jersey detective Luke Somers after a suspect in the killing, druggie Steven Gallagher. Steven is armed and Luke is forced to shoot him - he's lauded for his action. But it also gives him a very dangerous enemy, the man's brother, Chris Gallagher, member of an elite Marine Force Recon unit.

Chris decides to punish Luke by forcing him to prove Steven's innocence (of which he is convinced), with Luke's own brother's life at stake. Luke has a complicated relationship with his brother Bryan's wife Julie. It's she who calls to tell him that Bryan is missing. He soon learns that his brother is imprisoned fifteen feet underground with a seven day air supply - a terrifying deadline.

So he starts digging into Appeals Court cases that might have given a motive for murder, with Gallagher watching over his shoulder. More deaths follow. But when Luke finds out who is behind it all, the perp is untouchable - or is he? There's more than one race against time in Airtight and they pull reader interest through this edge-of-your-seat thriller.

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