The Guilty Die Twice by Don Hartshorn @donhartshorn @TCKPublishing #KindleUnlimited #BookReview #LegalThriller

The Guilty Die Twice: A Legal Thriller by [Don Hartshorn]


Two attorney brothers. Two bullet-riddled corpses. Two sides to the story.

Ten years ago, a capital murder case in the heart of Texas split the Lynch family in two. Now, estranged lawyer brothers Travis and Jake Lynch find themselves on opposing sides of the courtroom in a high-profile, grisly double murder case—with another accused criminal’s life on the line. Conscience-stricken Travis left his high-powered law firm to become a public defender, while bullish Jake rose to become District Attorney. The case pits brother against brother in a contest of wits, wills, and legal savvy that will shake the justice system to its core: both Lynches are convinced they’re in the right, but the truth turns out to be more complicated—and deadly—than either could have possibly imagined.

A drug deal double-cross turns lethal, leaving two corpses and one victim paralyzed for life. The victim never saw the gunman, but he knows one name: Sam Park. Travis defended Sam’s brother years before, and his heart won’t let him turn down the case, even knowing it’ll bring him face-to-face with Jake after ten years of cold silence. Jake, meanwhile, runs afoul of the Austin political machine and needs a high-profile conviction to win a tough upcoming election. And Sam, the star witness and prime suspect, won’t talk—not to Travis, and certainly not to the high-and-mighty DA—and time is running out.

Can these feuding brothers put aside a decade of enmity in the name of true justice? Or will the truth of what really happened that bloody night go to the grave with Sam Park?


The Guilty Die Twice – Don Hartshorn


There is no-one that fights more viciously then two feuding brothers and Travis and Jake Lynch have had the last ten years boiling and brewing for a real humdinger. Their mum hasn’t been able to bring them together or their sister. The wives have tried and failed too but the thing that drove them apart is the thing that at last makes them come face to face. The death penalty.

Travis and his wife live from month to month on his earnings as a public defender and pro-bona cases while older brother Jake went on to become District Attorney and big bucks. When three wealth college students are shot in a car leaving two dead and one paralysed, two kids who are known to the police are soon picked up and charged but the identity of a third man is not known.

Travis is determined to avoid the death penalty for the young lads but it looks like he is going up against his brother. There is a lot of stormy air to clear between them if they are going to have a fair trial.

I must admit that I was fascinated with the family dynamics in the story as I was with the case. There are some pretty crafty female characters that know how to play the pair of them too. The first Sunday lunch is very entertaining.

The divide of wealth and justice soon rears its head, oh my does this story take off. There has to be a lot of cunning decisions and crafty moves, playing dumb and putting the past to rest if the right outcome is to come about.

From the opening pages to the end this book gives 100% of sheer entertainment in every way possible. Highly recommended read.


Author Don Hartshorn

Don Hartshorn is an author, freelance editor, volunteer mediator, and globetrotter. He draws inspiration for his stories both from man’s highest aspirations and from his petty, grimy motivations. After traveling the world for the US government and doing time as a prisoner of Corporate America’s well-oiled machine, this Texas native son has come home to roost in San Antonio. And there he’ll stay—until the next big adventure comes calling.

Don is the author of the legal thriller The Guilty Die Twice published by TCK Publishing.

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The Guilty Die Twice: A Legal Thriller by [Don Hartshorn]

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