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First Victim

by Debbie Babitt

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The Honorable Alice D. McKerrity is no stranger to violence. From the bench at Manhattan Supreme, she has seen the most hardened killers pass through her courtroom. But there's something about this trial--a defendant charged with the murder of a pregnant woman--that affects her as no other case ever has. Her chaotic, stressful home life only adds to her mounting feelings of panic and fear. She's also harboring a secret that if exposed could have far-reaching ramifications both personally and professionally. And now, unbeknownst to Alice, her daughter has begun a search for her biological father.  As the trial progresses, Alice's life starts to unravel. Nightmares she suffered as a girl return with a vengeance. Phantom sightings torment her. Is she being paranoid? Or are the specters real? Almost at the breaking point, she begins to doubt her own sanity. Then she makes a shocking discovery that sends her on a collision course with her past and a terror-filled night in the woods in Upstate New York. Confronted with the unspeakable, she must face a decades-buried truth as she fights for her survival against a cunning adversary that forces her to question everything she ever believed about herself . . . and tests her limits as a woman, a judge, and a mother. Narrated from the perspectives of three women--Alice, her daughter, and Alice's girlhood friend--First Victim is a suspenseful tale of guilt, justice, and long-awaited retribution.… (more)
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The Honorable Alice D. McKerrity is no stranger to violence. From the bench at Manhattan Supreme, she has seen the most hardened killers pass through her courtroom. But there's something about this trial--a defendant charged with the murder of a pregnant woman--that affects her as no other case ever has. Her chaotic, stressful home life only adds to her mounting feelings of panic and fear. She's also harboring a secret that if exposed could have far-reaching ramifications both personally and professionally. And now, unbeknownst to Alice, her daughter has begun a search for her biological father.  As the trial progresses, Alice's life starts to unravel. Nightmares she suffered as a girl return with a vengeance. Phantom sightings torment her. Is she being paranoid? Or are the specters real? Almost at the breaking point, she begins to doubt her own sanity. Then she makes a shocking discovery that sends her on a collision course with her past and a terror-filled night in the woods in Upstate New York. Confronted with the unspeakable, she must face a decades-buried truth as she fights for her survival against a cunning adversary that forces her to question everything she ever believed about herself . . . and tests her limits as a woman, a judge, and a mother. Narrated from the perspectives of three women--Alice, her daughter, and Alice's girlhood friend--First Victim is a suspenseful tale of guilt, justice, and long-awaited retribution.

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