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Publisher's Summary

When the legal system fails to convict an abuser, what do you do?

Meet Assistant District Attorney Lettie Portman, a sex-crimes prosecutor whose past demands justice. When a 14-year-old girl is savagely attacked by her mother's live-in boyfriend, Lettie is called to the hospital. There, she meets a sweet young girl whose only goal is to go to school and come home to a safe environment. But mom's boyfriend makes the girl's world anything but safe. Soon, the abuse gets worse, and Lettie, the prosecutor, goes to the grand jury with the case. Two juries later, the abuser is still loose on the streets. 

Lettie is no stranger to abuse. She takes matters into her own hands. 

Will Lettie's own past interfere with her prosecution of what should be San Diego's Most Wanted? Will she be able to make peace with her own abuse and move on to become the hard-hitting prosecutor the young girl deserves right now? Is hope on the horizon?

©2020 John Ellsworth (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Excellent start to a new Thrilling Legal series...

John Ellsworth , author of the Michael Gresham and Thaddeus Murfee legal series has started another new legal series. The protagonist in this series is Lettie Portman. She’s a newly practicing assistant district attorney. A victim of childhood abuse herself she finds herself dealing with issues too close to home. ................
People with an aversion to stories about child abuse, prostitution and trafficking may want to choose a different book. These topics are the heart of this book. The story is well told a unfortunately plausible. The characters are fleshed out and believable. ................ Therese Plummer does an exceptional job narrating. ................This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION. ..................If you found this review helpful please indicate so. .................. Thank You.

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  • 04-20-21

Good.. but

This was a good book. Kept me interested from the beginning until she continued to prosecute and have coffee after her son went missing? I thought maybe I missed something and it was a flashback? But no. Just didn’t seem plausible.

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Horrifying, Horrible, Dull, Waste of Time.

Narrator was like listening to fingernails on a blackboard. Characters were so unlikable. This was a free Audible Plus selection. I believe anyone that can suffer through listening to this book should be given a free credit to buy any selection. Shame on the author John Ellsworth for writing such contemptable trash & trying to make money. Child abuse, domestic abuse & child trafficking's against the law. Lettie Portman was an example of a totally incompetent, whiney, prosecutor who was ill equipped to take care of her own issues or protect any one else. This is cheap trash that should have never been printed on paper. I am so disappointed in Audible.

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Good book

Story is great. Names are confusing. The chosen names and portrayal were difficult to follow. I ended up rereading portions because of this confusing.
I enjoyed the overall story though.

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good one

this was a good one keeps you invested wanting more hope there will be a next

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horrible; jumped the shark 100 times

I realize it's fiction but jumping the shark every 5 minutes is too much. Unrealistic drama just for drama's sake, and totally ridiculous courtroom scenes.

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The District Attorney

I enjoyed this book so much! Bad guys to hate. Good guys to root for. Action and suspense. A feel good ending. Great narration. John Ellsworth is one of my top favorites. He never disappoints.

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Many problems in my opinion.

Narrator turned me off right off the bat. The 3rd year Attorney, sounded like she was 18, through the book. Her little home life, unrealistic. Main characters reactions to kidnapping of their child, suicide of a brother were totally unreal. Not sure who gets a cut for the Cross-Fit plugs. Annoying!!

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This is a book that starts really good…

But loses a lot as it goes on. It makes me think that a good editor could have help the autor to create a better story. It is almost like a school assignment where the autor was pressed by time and rushed the last chapters. It definitely merits a rewrite.

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  • Martin Ackery
  • 03-22-22

Looking forward to more Lettie

A very well read book, a tough story topic that starts hard and keeps hitting. Would recommend