David Cavanaugh faces the toughest decision of his career...
Sydney Bauer has worked as a journalist and TV executive. While Director of Programming for a major Australian network, Sydney was able to indulge a personal passion for US dramas and meet with revered TV writers such as Steven Bochco and Aaron Sorkin. Sydney is the winner of the 2007 Davitt Award for her novel Alibi. Bill Ten Eyck has appeared in numerous films including The Extra, Boytown and Hating Alison Ashley, and television shows such as Stingers, Blue Heelers and The Micallef Programme.
Sydney Bauer, whose debut novel Undertow attracted rave reviews, is the pseudonym of Sydney-based TV executive Kimberley Scott. Thankfully, her ambitious new novel shows no sign of the dreaded second novel syndrome-quite the opposite. It confirms that she is a highly talented and supremely confident writer in a genre lacking new ideas. Like last year’s Undertow, Gospel is also set in Boston, and re-introduces attorney David Cavanaugh. Now, 12 years on, he has no choice but to represent the murderer of the popular US Vice President. Soon, three other people involved in the case are also dead, and Cavanaugh’s investigations uncover a plot involving people in high places selling illegal drugs not only to accumulate vast profits, but also to extort political support. The twists and turns of the complicated but brilliantly constructed and carefully controlled plot require concentration. Bauer, however, never overburdens the reader with unnecessary detail, seamlessly combining elements of forensic crime, courtroom drama, and intelligent political thriller into almost a new genre of her own. She writes deceptively readable prose, slick without being glib, and has a sure ear for dialogue. Obvious comparisons with John Grisham are unfair. Unfair to John Grisham. Sydney Bauer is better-much better. Graeme Moore is a freelance writer and online bookseller
"A rattling good legal thriller." -- The Australian Women's
"Bauer hurtles readers into a world of intrigue and terror - it stays with you long after you turn the final page." -- David Baldacci, bestselling author
"A slick, American legal thriller." -- The Sydney Morning Herald
"Sydney Bauer proves she is no one-hit wonder with the buzz around her second novel...a definite must read." -- The Sydney Sun Herald
"Top-notch Boston Defense Attorney Tom Cavanaugh finds himself with the opportunity of a lifetime - to defend a seemingly innocent man who is accused of killing a presidential hopeful. The catch? The defendant is married to his ex-wife, from whom he is estranged for over a decade. Naturally, there's more to the case than meets the eye in a story reminiscent of Grisham's best. Narrator Bill Ten Eyck delivers a powerhouse performance, deepening his tone to capture the heightening tension that surrounds Cavanaugh at every turn. Ten Eyck's voice is capable of many emotions, but it's his gravitas that raises the stakes for listeners as the novel provides a more-than-satisfying payoff." -- AudioFile Magazine