The Disappearance Author:J. F. Freedman In this tale of courtroom intrigue from critically acclaimed author J.F. Freedman, a disillusioned lawyer accepts a life-or-death case in search of his own redemption. Luke Garrison is hiding from the past. Once a brilliant, successful prosecuting attorney, he now lives in rustic Northern California, trying to forget the only mistake he ever m... more »ade in a courtroom... sending a man to his death, only to find out later he was innocent. But three years later, a judge and former mentor to Luke asks him to come to Santa Barbara to defend a high-profile television newscaster accused of murdering a 14-year old girl. At first Luke is hesitant. He likes his new life, and he has a great relationship with a beautiful local woman. But as he learns more about the case, his old instincts kick in and he interrogates the defendant, only to emerge unconvinced of the man's innocence. He takes the case anyway, determined to get back in the game...a case that could redeem his life, or finish him for good.« less
emma lancaster,the privileged fourten-year-old daughter of a montecito media tycoon vanishes from her bedroom in the dead of night.eight days later,her battered body is discovered along an isolated trail.the explosive trial.incrimination evidence has led to the arrest of a close family friend. it has also led defense attorney luke garrison to suspect somehting far more disturbing than an open and shut case of abduction and murder.