When devoted father Buck Hammond's seven-year-old son is abducted and murdered by convicted pedophile Hector Monteros, Buck takes justice into his own hands. Unfortunately, the television cameras were rolling as Buck aimed his hunting rifle at Hector's head and shot him dead. The only viable defense for a charge of murder one is insanity, but the grieving father refuses to say he was crazy when he pulled the trigger.
Cape Cod defense attorney Marty Nickerson - until recently a Massachusetts prosecutor - must ask herself if homicidal insanity is ever a moral or legal justification for murder - when she takes on the defense of Buck Hammond. Along with her partner in law and love, Harry Madigan, Marty has to present a tough case. How can the jury possibly acquit Buck when the shooting is there on the screen for all to see?
Marty and Harry and their young assistant, Kevin Kydd, are already stretched to their limits when, on the very eve of the trial, a battered and bleeding woman stumbles into their office. She's in deep trouble - her attacker's body has just been found, viciously stabbed, and he's an officer of the court. Now Marty has two seemingly impossible battles to win against her former colleagues. But losing a verdict may be the least of Marty's worries, as her efforts soon lead to shocking revelations that strike fear in the residents of the Cape and bring devastating changes to Buck's trial.
I really enjoyed Temporary Sanity by Rose Connors. The plot was gripping and kept me guessing until the very end. There was a thread of comedy running through the story that I really appreciated, and I also could sense the tension that each character experienced throughout the story. I give this book an A+! and will certainly be adding Rose Connors to my Wish List.
Two cases ongoing, one crime committed with cameras rolling...what is the defense??
Is homicidal insanity ever a legal justification for murder?