Hillary Bell Locke graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, worked for a prominent New York law firm, and now practices law in a city far from New York--but not under that name. "
The pseudonymous Locke's promising debut, the first in a projected series, introduces Cynthia Jakubek, a recent Harvard Law School graduate whose entry to a heavy-hitting Wall Street firm is "deferred" by the 2008 financial crisis. While waiting for her stalled legal career to resume, Cynthia returns to the blue-collar Pittsburgh neighborhood where she grew up to live with her widowed father, a tool salesman, and intern for a local defense attorney. When the body of philanthropist T. Colfax Bradshaw is found in a Pittsburgh history museum's Battle of Lexington tableau, Cynthia winds up representing Bradshaw's 17-year-old daughter, Caitlin, in a case that involves the real-life unsolved art theft from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Locke, herself a lawyer, convincingly depicts nuances of class, race, and the law. Her heroine's strong first-person voice bodes well for future Cynthia Jakubek outings. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Locke, herself a lawyer, convincingly depicts nuances of class, race, and the law. Her heroine's strong first-person voice bodes well for future Cynthia Jakubek outings." "Publishers Weekly" "A good read from a first-time writer who uses her education and background in law to her advantage and to the reader s overall satisfaction." "New York Journal of Books" "Cyn, with her family, fiance, boss, clients, and colleagues, is so likable, readers will consider her an imaginary friend." "Booklist""