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Adam Forsythe, a surgeon friend of MacCrimmon’s, has been in prison for five years for a murder MacCrimmon is certain he didn’t commit. When new information about the case surfaces during an unrelated investigation, MacCrimmon, Bruce Solomon, and Harley David decide they may have enough to exonerate him.

What eventually stymies them is the resistance from everyone involved—Adam’s brother, Damian; his ex-wife, Lorie; and finally, Adam himself. Why a man would want to stay in prison only stokes MacCrimmon’s resolve. In the end the efforts to discourage him pass from sullen non-cooperation to threats against his family, and finally, to attempts on his life.

As a side issue, Karen insists they go to couples counseling to deal with the problems in their marriage. After several weeks without much progress, the therapist says they are inhibiting each other, and insists on individual sessions. MacCrimmon stumbles onto a recording of Karen’s private session in which she describes to the therapist sordid details from her past that she lied about their entire marriage. If MacCrimmon had known these things, she says, he never would have married her. He agrees. And continuing in a marriage with this woman is out of the question. But in the end truth and reality displace firmly rooted illusions.

In The Works:
The Second Grave

During MacCrimmon’s many cases he has antagonized many people, some of whom have promised revenge. When an innocent person is savagely murdered in what was initially thought to be a random act of violence, MacCrimmon realizes the murderer was actually after a member of his family. He has two immediate tasks: protect Karen, Alex, and Dre against this wily and determined killer; and find him.
The tentative title comes from a proverb attributed to Confucius (and several others) which says, “When embarking on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”