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Two Wrongs by Reita Pendry

Laurel Springs Publishing
$11.99, paperback / $9.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0983954316
February, 2015
Fiction: Mystery
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Like politics, murder makes strange bedfellows. Federal prosecutor Laura Moss never thought she would need her long-time opponent, Mercy Johnson, one of Washington’s best criminal defense attorneys. When Laura bludgeons her philandering husband to death, she sees Mercy not as an adversary but as a lifeline. Laura tells police she killed her husband because he was raping her daughter, Anna. Anna tells police her mother killed her stepfather in a jealous rage because she knew he and Anna were lovers. Laura’s freedom depends on Mercy proving Anna a liar.

The one thing Laura will not allow Mercy to do is reveal the secrets of Anna’s mental disorder and the chronic lying that is symptomatic of her illness. Mercy quickly learns that she will have a harder fight on her hands against her own client than against the government’s prosecution machine. Their battle of wills convinces Mercy that Laura is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, her freedom, to protect her child.

This is the third novel in the Mercy Johnson series. Mercy, in her fifties, is childless. Laura forces to the surface Mercy’s contradictions about not having children. A descendant of the Gullahs from the islands off the South Carolina coast, Mercy brings the wisdom of the ancients to navigate the roiled waters and keep herself and her client from sinking.

Reita Pendry was born in the mountains of North Carolina and raised in Charlotte. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She practiced in North Carolina and Washington, DC. For most of her career, she practiced criminal defense. She now lives and works in Charlotte, where she divides her time between writing and working for homeless animals.

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