Book Review: The Advocate’s Daughter by Anthony Franze—and a Giveaway!

The Advocate's DaughterThe Advocate’s Daughter
Anthony Franze
Minotaur Books, March 2016
ISBN 978-1-250-07165-1

From the publisher—

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.

With suspense that begins to build in the beginning sentences of Chapter 1, The Advocate’s Daughter earns its place among the better thrillers on the market today. Even with the information provided in the publisher’s description (which I actually think tells much more than it should), I was still on tenterhooks, not so much because it was obvious Abby was missing but because I couldn’t help the nervous anticipation, waiting for her family to find out.

This entire story is chockful of secrets and lies and I really enjoyed the way that Sean uncovers the bits and pieces surrounding his daughter’s murder, all the time knowing he has a massive secret of his own that is almost certainly going to become public if he does get nominated to the court. What sets Sean apart from others—and perhaps shows why he should be considered for the court—is his dedication to find the truth when it would be so much easier to accept the accusations against Abby’s boyfriend. This is a man who really believes in justice even though he and the rest of his family become endangered and, yet, he isn’t obsessed to the point of being oblivious to their peril.

When the truth comes out, it’s shattering and will change Sean’s future and his past beyond anything he could have expected.

Although the author couldn’t have known this would happen, his timing couldn’t possibly be any better since we’re going through the agonies of selecting a US Supreme Court Justice right now. That doesn’t happen often so Mr. Franze’s topic is far more intriguing than it might have been in any other year and is an extra added attraction. The Advocate’s Daughter is gripping, a compelling read, and I don’t mind having missed a few hours of sleep 😉

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, April 2016.



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About the Author

Anthony FranzeANTHONY FRANZE has garnered national praise for his work as a lawyer in the Appellate and Supreme Court practice of a major Washington D.C. law firm. The New York Times, Washington Post, and other prominent news outlets have quoted or cited Franze concerning the Supreme Court, and he has been a commentator on high-court issues for The New Republic, Bloomberg, and National Law Journal. He lives in the Washington D.C. area with his family.

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