A Dana Hargrove Legal Mystery
by V.S. Kemanis
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Pub Date 25 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 05 Feb 2022
An unsolved murder. A teenager in peril. Two cases, lives in turmoil, fates manipulated by officials wielding the power to help—or harm.
In the dead of night, on the eve of New York City’s pandemic lockdown, a well-respected man is murdered, setting off a perplexing tangle of missed clues and political scandal. Former prosecutor Dana Hargrove, now an appellate judge, is determined to expose the media lies and false accusations targeting her friends and former colleagues. A limping criminal justice system fails to solve the murder by 2022 when another heartbreaking case is heard in Dana’s court. A state agency has ripped a terminally ill teenager from her home to forcibly impose medical treatment against her will.
Hindered by ethics rules, Dana carves a role for herself in these cases only to come up against her own children. Her son Travis, now a rising star in appellate advocacy, takes a legal position in the teen’s case at odds with Dana’s strongly held beliefs. Her daughter Natalie, a doctoral candidate in cognitive psychology, has a personal reason for meddling in the murder investigation. Will Natalie’s curiosity throw her into danger?
In a compelling story of families in crisis, Power Blind exposes the lure of power, blinding those in authority and control to the consequences of their actions.
Average rating from 6 members
Power Blind is about power and the consequences of people's actions.
The storyline is intriguing and suspenseful, and the characters are well-crafted where you feel as if you are part of the story.
I quite enjoyed reading this book and hope to read more from this author in the future.
In this sixth novel in the Dana Hargrove legal thriller series, POWER BLIND examines issues of power and corruption within the justice and law enforcement systems. I’ve read the previous five books in the series, and have enjoyed watching Dana Hargrove rise in the ranks from a young assistant DA to a judge now in her 60’s. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone.
There are two main legal cases featured in the book, which author VS Kemanis describes with wonderful detail. One is of a teen with Hodgkin’s lymphoma who wants to refuse medical treatment. The other involves a murder and police corruption. Dana’s children, who have featured in previous books, are now adults and have an important role in this book as well. Travis, who has become a lawyer like his parents, takes on a case that comes across Dana’s bench. Natalie is getting a PhD in behavioral sciences and is studying how memories can be influenced and how this may influence testimony. The book is set during and reflecting back during the time period of Covid-19 and it was interesting to have some of the scenarios impacted by this. An excellent legal thriller as always with a high-octane finish! 5/5 stars.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of this book through Netgalley.
Shortly after beginning Power Blind, I put it down as it just didn't capture my interest. A couple of weeks later I decided to give it another try and did finish the novel. I felt it got off to a slow start and was hampered by all of the detailed legalese and identification science. Reading the various court cases made me feel like I was at work. However, once the crime was committed, the novel became so much more interesting to me. I really liked it from then on. The author has real talent!
Thanks NetGalley for the ARC.