John Lescroart. The Motive (2005) 400 pp.
When the fire is doused in Paul Hanoverís Victorian house in San Francisco
the charred bodies of two people are found. Dental records show that they
are Paul and his live-in lover, but both died from bullet wounds. Inspector
Sergeant Dan Cuneo is assigned to the case and he zeroes in on Paulís daughter-in-law
Catherine Hanover as the suspect, in part because she rejected Cuneoís
sexual advances. Deputy Chief Inspector Abe Glitsky is asked by the mayor
to oversee Cuneoís investigation because Paul was a friend and a heavy
contributor to her campaign. Cuneo hates Abe and makes a run around him
with the district attorney so they take the case to the grand jury where
they hand down an indictment. Caroline asks attorney Dismas Hardy to represent
her; he agrees to do so because she was his first love and because he believes
she is innocent. He has his work cut out for him because the prosecution
has an overwhelming amount of circumstantial evidence that shows Caroline
had means, opportunity, and motive to kill her father-in-law and his lover.