"Heart of a Killer" (Minotaur), by David Rosenfelt
In David Rosenfelt's latest page-turner, "Heart of a Killer," a woman in prison for murdering her husband wants to kill herself to save her daughter.
Young attorney Jamie Wagner gets a case dropped in his lap that he doesn't want to pursue. Sheryl Harrison has served only a portion of her sentence for a crime she says was to protect her and her daughter from an abusive spouse. Then her daughter is diagnosed with a heart defect. She will die without a transplant, and Sheryl is her closest match.
Sheryl asks to be the donor to save her daughter's life. Jamie cannot obtain approval for what is essentially suicide, so he decides to pursue the case against Sheryl and force a retrial.
The controversial case causes rifts in his professional and personal life. And the more he digs, the more he starts to believe that Sheryl is innocent.
Rosenfelt has crafted another terrific thriller that will keep the reader up late at night.
The characters and the moral dilemma that create the hook raise serious questions. As a result, even a somewhat weak payoff doesn't lessen the impact of the journey.