Book 1 in the Monroe T. Lovett Series
Monroe and Debbie Lovett have moved to Peregrine, Mississippi where he has opened an office as a criminal defense attorney. There’s only one problem; no one seems to know who Monroe Lovett is, and to make matters worse, he hasn’t had a single client. His sole hope is that just one person will hire him.
Ashley Butler’s problems started when adultery and accusations led to a single rash act that ended in murder. In a matter of seconds, an argument climaxed with Julie, Marcus Butler Jr.'s mistress, dead.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Department receives a tip of hearing what sounded like gunshots coming from inside the Butler home. Minutes later, deputies arrived to find Julie's body lying on the bedroom floor. The ill-tempered Detective Carson investigates the crime scene and upon leaving gets a tip that Ashley is the killer. The detective attains an arrest warrant and puts out an all-points bulletin for the arrest of Ashley Butler.
Ashley hears from a friend that deputies are looking for her. Knowing her husband’s family, she seeks the help of the only person she believes she can trust, Lane County's newest defense attorney, Monroe T. Lovett. Knowing that her husband’s father, Marcus Sr., holds power over most of Lane County, she's not even sure Monroe can help her. But he's her only hope.
Speaking with Monroe in his office, Ashley explains that she is about to be arrested for murdering her husband's girlfriend. After she tells him of her predicament, and with only a few details, Monroe, in desperate need of a client, agrees to take her case. Soon, he learns Ashley isn't just any client, and he will have to fight to save her life.
To make matters worse, Monroe will face Lane County’s District Attorney Robert Breaux. Breaux. Monroe will discover that Robert Breaux is a self-serving, egotistical district attorney, who is interested in one thing—winning. Justice is not Breaux's goal. Convictions translate into votes and those votes to lead to him gaining more political clout.
Monroe soon finds himself in over his head. A godsend in the person of Herman (Herm) Edwards, a retired New Orleans detective and a native of Peregrine offers to help Monroe. Monroe is skeptical, knowing that Edwards is from the area. In need of help, Monroe, with the urging of his wife, Debbie, decides to hire Herm. But he still unsure of Herm’s allegiances. Trust issues arise between them as suspicions of a possible corrupt sheriff's department is trying to impede Ashley’s case.
As Monroe’s case begins to unravel, Monroe is forced to seek a different approach to prove Ashley's innocence. This new tactic lands him right in the middle of the Butler family secret, a secret that even Ashley does not know about. No one in Lane County knows the truth the Butlers have been hiding for years, and Monroe is ready to rip the door off the closet. To stop him, Marcus Butler Sr., the family patriarch, will do whatever he must to keep the closet locked.
Book 2 in the Monroe T. Lovett Series
Monroe will have to weave through racial tension mixed with murder and cover up all in the small Southern town as he defends his client, Ricky Magee, found at the crime scene in what appears to be an open and shut case against him. The evidence seems rock-solid. The victim is Demonte Williams, a young African-American man and supposed friend of Magee's. Groggy and claiming to have no memory of how he got there, Magee, who appears to have been in a fight, maintains his innocence, despite the vast amount of evidence to the contrary.
Nerves are on edge with the arrival of a national civil rights leader, Rev. Charles Louis, who brings his personal brand of justice with him. He takes the Williams family under his arms as he calls for support and protests. Reverend Louis wants Magee prosecuted as a racist and local prosecutor Robert Breaux agrees, adding on a hate-crime charge.
Answering the Reverend's call, Peregrine's town square becomes the landing spot for the KKK, Black Panthers and other racial activists, fanatics. Not to be outdone, the national media enters the chaos, adding fuel to the fire. Race quickly becomes the primary motive behind Williams’ death.
However, as Monroe studies the evidence, he soon realizes something's not right, and getting to the truth will require risk, great risk.
This case causes tension between almost everyone involved. Debbie, Monroe's wife, questions him taking the case. Even Monroe's investigator, retired New Orleans Police Detective Edward (Herm) Hermann, questions Magee's innocence. Across the aisle, the prosecution is butting heads with each other and with Reverend Louis. Not to be left out, Judge Harper, an African-American, is caught in the middle as he engages in an intense argument with Louis.
Needing this conviction, Reverend Louis paints a target on Monroe, trying to stop him by whatever means necessary. He needs Magee convicted of this crime.
A new face joins the prosecution. District Attorney Breaux has added a new assistant district attorney to his staff, Adrienne Scott. She's a headstrong ambitious young lawyer who will do whatever it takes to reach her goal, especially if it means crushing Monroe Lovett. She sees Reverend Louis as vital to helping her achieve her success, and blurring the lines comes easy for her.
All hope seems lost for Magee as a mostly African American jury, and an African American judge tries him. He is ready to face his fate; however, the only thing keeping him going is Monroe's assurance of uncovering the truth. That moment of hope comes when someone offers a piece of evidence that can prove Magee's innocence. There's only one problem; the evidence is somewhere, hidden in the notes and photographs of a conspiracy theorist, requiring Monroe, Debbie, and Herm to sift through them searching for the answers before time runs out in the trial to save Magee from a death sentence.