Three Blind Mice - Matthew Hope #9 Author:Ed McBain The city of Calusa, on the west coast of Florida, is wealthy and exclusive - but far less so now than in the past. For the last 10 years, streams of immigrants have changed the nature of the place - not for the better, in the view of the bluer bloods. — The community is shocked when Jessica Leeds, wife of a prestigious landowner, is brutall... more »y raped one night shortly before Christmas. The investigation leads to the arrest of three recent immigrants, all Vietnamese, but the ensuing trial results in their acquittal. After the verdict, Jessica's husband, Stephen, publicly threatens to take justice into his own hands.
When, some time later, the three Vietnamese are found not only murdered but viciously mutilated, Stephen, the obvious suspect, is arrested and held without bail. Jessica turns to Matthew Hope to defend her husband. As he unravels the diverse and contradictory threads of the case, Hope begins to realize that the situation is far more complex and explosive than he - or his client - had ever imagined.« less