After taking over his father’s law practice, Ian Wells wants nothing more than to shift the firm’s focus from handling simple wills and estate trusts to a criminal defense office. However, with money tight and wary of his mother’s rapidly declining Alzheimer’s, Ian takes on one last trust settlement even though he is leery about the case’s high payout. His only job is to research the three potential beneficiaries to make sure they have not participated in any criminal activity in the last 20 years. Although the task seems simple enough, Ian not only finds his life is threatened, but incriminating “evidence” begins popping up linking Ian’s firm with tainted money from an art theft and murder occurring over thirty years ago, the trust fund account is mysteriously wiped clean, and conversations with his less-than-lucid mother hint that his parents may have been hoarding secrets. Disillusioned and alarmed, Ian finds his investigation quickly shifts away from the beneficiaries’ worthiness of the trust funds, to trying to untangle the links between the trust, the art theft and murder, his family, and each of the unique players who have surfaced during his investigation.
This book had me guessing throughout! I was absolutely shocked and blown away when all of the characters’ involvement in the trust case and past crime finally came to the surface! Surprises can be found with each page turn! Johnson’s orchestration of the plot events was seamless with everything coming together at the end to solve the mystery. One of the best mystery/suspense novels I’ve read this year! This one should be an award winner!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he has also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of international law and served as a U.S. diplomat in Hong Kong. He is the author of The Deposit Slip and lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter. He can be found online at www.authortoddjohnson.com.