THE MISSING PIECE
“A masterful story of murder, corruption, and sexual obsession,with the tension meter on high” — Booklist
“Just as welcome in its more ambitious, wide-ranging way … as Egan’s nightmarish Midnight.” — Kirkus Reviews
“In this engaging legal thriller, Egan demonstrates a gift for making legal technicalities easy to understand.”— Publishers Weekly
At the start of a trial over the ownership of an ancient Roman silver treasure, two gunmen invade a courtroom and steal an exhibit worth $5 million. A shot goes off, and court officer Gary Martin is hit. No one ever sees the gunmen or the exhibit again.
Three years later, the case returns for trial before Judge Linda Conover. Judge Conover is relatively new to the bench, but she is familiar with the case because she was the law clerk to the judge who presided over the first trial. But Judge Conover is at a crossroads in her life. Her judicial career is not as satisfying as she expected and she has just learned that she is pregnant. She also had come to the personal conclusion that she can have it all – career, husband, and family – just not all at the same time. Privately, she plans that the Roman silver trial will be her last.
Meanwhile, the paraplegic officer Gary Martin has his own plan. Cobbling together information gleaned from months of surfing the internet, his own encyclopedic knowledge of the courthouse architecture, and security camera feeds from the day of the heist, he believes the stolen treasure piece is hidden somewhere in the courthouse. He convinces another officer to search for this missing piece with the idea that they will sell it to whoever prevails at the trial.
But people are watching. The new trial has summoned not only the parties and their lawyers to the New York County Courthouse, but also the other unknown players in the heist. The Inspector General worries about Judge Conover’s safety and her impartiality, while Foxx, working his usual undercover gig, has his own ideas.
The Missing Piece
A Forge Book published by Tom Doherty Associates LLC New York April 14, 2015