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The Advocate's Daughter

The Advocate's Daughter

Coming March 22, 2016 from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur

A Washington, D.C. lawyer and a frequent major media commentator on the Supreme Court, Anthony Franze delivers a high-stakes story of family, power, loss, and revenge set within the insular world of the highest court of our country.

Among Washington D.C. power players, everyone has secrets they desperately want to keep hidden, including Sean Serrat, a Supreme Court lawyer. Sean transformed his misspent youth into a model adulthood, and now has one of the most respected legal careers in the country. But just as he learns he's on the short list to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, his daughter, Abby, a talented and dedicated law student, goes missing. Abby's lifeless body is soon found in the library of the Supreme Court, and her boyfriend, Malik Montgomery, a law clerk at the high court, is immediately arrested. The ensuing media frenzy leads to allegations that Malik's arrest was racially motivated, sparking a national controversy.

While the Serrat family works through their grief, Sean begins to suspect the authorities arrested the wrong man. Delving into the mysteries of his daughter's last days, Sean stumbles over secrets within his own family as well as the lies of some of the most powerful people in the country. People who will stop at nothing to ensure that Sean never exposes the truth.

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"THE ADVOCATE'S DAUGHTER is a smart, suspenseful thriller filled with insider knowledge of the Supreme Court, D.C. politics, and collisions between the two. It's also an absorbing story about families and the sacrifices we make for the people we love."
   —Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of All Day and a Night

"Smart, sophisticated, suspenseful, and written with real insider authenticity. A winner."
   —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Fast paced, sharply plotted, and smartly written with an insider's knowledge of the land's highest court. A blast!"
   —Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author

"Anthony Franze is back and better than ever with THE ADVOCATE'S DAUGHTER—a brilliant thriller that's smart, well-written, and heart-stopping."
   —Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author

"Fans of House of Cards will love THE ADVOCATE'S DAUGHTER, a thriller that gives us a real insider's view of a Washington most of us will never see. The tension starts on the very first page, and keeps ratcheting up. Once it grabs you it won't let go."
   —Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of The Fixer

"THE ADVOCATE'S DAUGHTER keeps twisting and turning right up until its shock of an ending. Long-buried secrets and shadowy agendas murderously collide—smack in the middle of a heated Supreme Court nomination clash. Anthony Franze evokes the inner workings and backstage machinations of this hidden world with deftness and verisimilitude. Read and marvel."
   —Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X

"A taut and twisting thriller, THE ADVOCATE'S DAUGHTER is also a sensitive meditation on family and the price of secrets we keep from each other—and from ourselves. It crackles with authenticity and moves with an irresistible momentum. Fans of Brad Meltzer and John Grisham need to add Anthony Franze to their must-read list."
   —Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love You