Justice in June by Barbara Levenson
With two new clients, Miami defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz has a full plate. Criminal Court Judge Liz Maxwell is under investigation, reportedly for dismissing drug cases prematurely, and Luis Corona, a young “cousin” of Mary’s sexy boyfriend, real-estate developer Carlos Martin, is spirited away as a possible terrorist because of his behavior on the plane from his native Argentina. In an atmosphere in which informants in a drug-trafficking case are being murdered and even a hint of terrorism brings bad press, Mary is personally threatened and attacked. Then Carlos is sued by buyers of his condo under construction. And, as if that weren’t enough, a dinner is arranged with their parents, who have yet to meet. Nearly overwhelmed both professionally and personally, Mary works and schemes to land on her feet. In this sequel to her debut Fatal February (2009), Levenson, herself a judge, provides a nice sense of place, a feisty protagonist, and a satisfying conclusion.