Alan Brenham pens his reality-based thriller novel, Price of Justice, off of his first hand experiences as a former law enforcement officer, prosecutor and criminal defense attorney.
In Alan Brenham's thrilling crime novel, Price of Justice, Austin Detective Jason Scarsdale is grieving the loss of his wife when he becomes entangled in solving three murders. Along the way, he inadvertently strikes up a friendship with crime analyst Dani Mueller, who has seen her own share of tragedy and has just one thing on her mind: vengeance. When Scarsdale is assigned to investigate the death of a man he arrested, he discovers new evidence indicating the man is innocent of the crime; however, the investigation is hamstrung by a corrupt police commander, and by Mueller, who witnessed the murder but is silenced by a dark secret. In a breathtaking series of twists and turns, the real killer abducts Scarsdale's beloved daughter and Mueller is held hostage. Scarsdale stands at the cross-roads of his career and is forced to re-examine the value of playing by the rules.
Blending mystery, action, and just a hint of romance, Price of Justice dives into the chilling world of sex crimes while highlighting the intricacies of human emotion and family bonds. Brenham's new thriller takes the reader on a fast-paced ride with sharp dialogue and multi-dimensional characters that pull readers in and won't let them go.
Having served as a detective, prosecutor and then a criminal defense attorney for thirty-seven years, Brenham provides the language, detail, and rawness that only someone who has been in the field could offer.
"Along with real happenings in the news media, I crafted the plot and sub-plots in Price of Justice from cases I worked on during my time as a detective, prosecutor, and criminal defense attorney," says Brenham. "I also consulted with the Director of the Austin Police Department's Crime Laboratory and one of the Homicide Division sergeants."
Edge-of-your-seat suspense is threaded with glimpses into tender human relationships as Brenham explores themes that include:
- The role of revenge and vigilantism in our society and whether these acts are ever truly justified
- The pitfalls of workplace deception and corruption and its impact on co-workers and subordinates
- Learning to be an effective single parent and forming a strong father-daughter bond
- The challenges of blending and balancing work demands with family needs
- The power of second chances
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