The Advocate’s Daughter

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Published by: Minotaur Books
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Pages: 320
ISBN13: 978-1250071651



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 person. 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.


“Smart, sophisticated, suspenseful, and written with real insider authenticity. A winner.”
—LEE CHILD, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Best Legal Thriller of the Year” in Influential Critic Stacy Alesi’s Best Books of 2016.

“[E]ngaging and riveting . . . . this no-holds-barred potboiler shines a light on Washington’s halls of power only to reveal the darkness lurking within them.”

“[T]he ‘best of the best’ when it comes to suspense.”

“A taut, twisting thriller”

“A stunning story that makes ‘House of Cards’ look like ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ readers of all ideological stripes will find it a splendid tale of grief and grievance, crime and corruption, power and perfidy.”

“Lawyers by trade are storytellers, and good lawyers tell good stories — Franze’s book is a case in point . . . . The Advocate’s Daughter will do quite well in your beach bag for a good summer read.”

“This fast-paced thriller will appeal to fans of Brad Meltzer, Joseph Finder, and Scott Turow.”

One of “The best books of summer 2016“

“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

“Franze has more close-up experience with the U.S. Supreme Court than probably any other crime novelist. He puts his insider position to enlightening work . . . . The mystery grows thick and dark, but the book’s major appeal lies in sorting out the read stuff about the court from the hectic fiction.”

“[Franze] gives readers an inside peek at the world of the Supreme Court, and tossing in an intriguing mystery only adds to the thrills . . . . Legal thriller fans should definitely find this appealing.”

“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

“Rich and fine in plot background with a flowing narrative style—this is fiction rooted in reality. Franze belongs more to the Scott Turow school of thought rather than that of John Grisham. Enjoyed the work…disturbingly enjoyed this work. Highly recommended.”

“[A] brilliant thriller that’s smart, well-written, and heart-stopping.”
—LINDA FAIRSTEIN, New York Times bestselling author of Devil’s Bridge

“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

“[J]udicial fiction at its finest.”

“Fast paced, sharply plotted . . . . A blast!”
—ROBERT DUGONI, New York Times bestselling author

“[A] 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

“[I]t’s a powerful and moving drama about a family coping with an unspeakable loss. But as I can attest, having recently finished The Advocate’s Daughter (in just a handful of sittings), it’s also a riveting legal thriller that will keep you turning pages until the breathtaking end.”

“Tautly written and expertly put together, if there is one crime thriller you want to add to your collection, then let this be it.”
—CRIMINAL ELEMENT (“Fresh Meat” review)

“Franze’s writing style reminds me of both John Grisham and James Patterson . . . . He not only tells a good story, he also provides some insight into how the process of picking a new judge actually works . . . . quite impressive, and I look forward to seeing what he has in store for us next.”

“The Advocate’s Daughter is gripping, a compelling read, and I don’t mind having missed a few hours of sleep.”
—BURIED UNDER BOOKS (Reviewed by Lelia Taylor)

“I haven’t read a legal thriller this good in a long time . . . . the pacing is relentless, making this an all nighter for me . . . . This book put me in mind of The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer, his first book and still one of my favorite legal thrillers ever. Franze is in excellent company here and I look forward to more from this author.”

“A story about love, family loyalties, revenge, friendship, and racial tension and prejudice, and a story that everyone needs to read to understand just how far some will go to defend what they think is right and to protect their family even if they are wrong. The difference between justice, right and wrong, and the way to move ahead. Who killed the Advocate’s Daughter, and why? Find out when you read this outstanding novel by author Anthony Franze, and you decide whether justice prevailed.”

“A terrific new thriller . . . What struck me about the novel was its verisimilitude. Not so much in the overarching plot, a gripping tale of murder, revenge, blackmail and a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, but in the details of life and the practice of law in Washington, D.C.”

Praise for Audiobook:

“[O]ne of the year’s most engaging audio book thrillers.”
—NJ.COM (“What Fran’s Reading” segment for New Jersey Star Ledger/other newspapers)

“Franze’s brilliant tale clearly reflects the author’s background as a DC lawyer. Robert Petkoff’s narration brings the characters to life and adds depth to the suspenseful mystery. VERDICT: A great listen for thriller fans, especially those who enjoy politically themed mystery.”

“[A] smart, suspenseful, nail-biter of a whodunit . . . . Combined with Petkoff’s acting skills, this clever story draws you in, wrings you out, and holds you tight, until the very last word.”