After reading and enjoying Alafair Burke’s Long Gone last year, I was intrigued to sample some of her earlier novels.
First up is the first entry featuring district attorney Samantha Kincaid, Judgement Calls. As I’ve said elsewhere, it feels like legal thrillers are a dime a dozen these days, so it’s going to take something really interesting or a good twist to make a new one stand out.
And while Kincaid is an interesting character and one I’d like to spend more time with, I can’t say that Calls is really plowing much new ground. Kincaid is brought in by two detectives to pursue justice in a case where a young girl has allegedly been sexually assaulted. One problem is the girl makes extra money by turning tricks. However, Kincaid quickly uncovers there’s something more to the story than meets the eye and before you know it, there’s a web of intrigue and suspicion being weaved.
The novel has its moments, but there are several moments that Kincaid takes us out of the story by getting too caught up in explaining legal details that don’t necessarily have the greatest impact on the story. It feels like Burke wants to show off her knowledge rather have the knowledge come organically from the story.