A Matt Blake Novel
A story of law, politics, and alternative history.
“I just met a lying scumbag. Not only is he a lying scumbag, but he’s a mass murderer, a lowlife piece of garbage.
Problem is, he’s my client. I saw him briefly this morning before his arraignment, where the judge read the charges against him, including 61 one counts of murder, for openers, along with 105 counts of attempt to commit murder, plus a lot of other assorted mayhem. Nice guy.
Did I mention he’s a scumbag?”
Matt Blake prides himself on being a great attorney, but he’s not without preconceived notions, especially when a case involves a terrorist. When Matt enters the courtroom, he feels like it’s his home. He’s smart, highly educated, and keenly perceptive.
But sometimes Matt acts like a jerk, as his wife, Dee, a university professor, occasionally has to remind him. Dee had already read all about Matt’s new client in front page articles in all the major newspapers.
When Matt got home the evening after the arraignment, he couldn’t wait to tell Dee all about the exciting case and his creep of a client. He recounted the crimes that his client committed.
“He’s detonated a bomb at a mall. You and I already know all about that from the news. He killed 61 people and wounded 105.”
“Excuse me, Matt,” Dee said, “I believe you mean that 61 people were killed and 105 were wounded. You just said ‘He killed 61 people and wounded 105.’ You sound like you’ve already deliberated on the evidence and are about to announce a verdict—and you’re his fucking lawyer!”
“God, she can be a pain in the ass at times,” Matt thought. But he had to admit that Dee asks questions that he should have asked.
But she hadn’t heard anything yet, Matt thought. He told her that his client’s thumbprint was found on a remote detonator, along with DNA evidence from an apparent cut to his finger. The police had a videotape of him standing next to a satchel that was later determined to contain the bomb.
“How’s that for damning evidence, Dee. As I said, he’s a lying scumbag.”
Dee, not a lawyer but an observant professor, then picked apart the evidence, showing Matt that there could be simple explanations for all of the seemingly damning evidence.
Dee often calls Matt “counselor” when he’s behaving like anything but.
“I can’t believe you, Dee. You’re asking the questions that I should be asking. You embarrass me.”
Soon, Matt discovers, thanks to Dee, that his loser of a case has a lot more to it. He stopped calling his client a scumbag, at Dee’s insistence. Not only did the evidence start to look shaky, but within days two other men from different parts of the country were accused of similar crimes—with almost identical evidence.
It soon became clear that a nationwide conspiracy was in the making, a conspiracy formed by a sinister man named Bartholomew Martin who is running for President of the United States. Martin is the head of a shadowy organization that few people know about, including the United States government. The group is a terrorist organization at its heart, and kills, not because of religious fanaticism, but to amass power.
It’s a new force the world has never seen before, headed by a man who will stop at nothing to become a ruler. They ruthlessly slaughter radical Islamists. People begin to see Martin and his thugs as the solution to the problem of worldwide terrorism. They soon find out that the solution is worse than the problem.
Dee begins to see Matt as a great man, not just a great guy. She convinces him to run for president to oppose the evil genius and his organization, who are bent on changing the country to a dictatorship headed by Martin.
Matt and Dee find themselves in the middle of the most gigantic plot the world has ever seen, a conspiracy that’s only begun to grow.
The Reformers, the sequel to Sideswiped, is a wild legal thriller and an adventure into alternate history.
Targeted Age Group: adult
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