The narrator in Punishment wryly observes that, "If you're looking for an interesting place to commit a murder, you can't do better than West Palm Beach."
Events at the Palm Beach Courthouse prove just how true that is, as a high profile murder trial is complicated by a bailiff’s murder, the bombing of the courthouse and a victim’s father seeking revenge of the oldest sort.
Two strong and respected female judges are caught up in the spiraling violence and intrigue, as is a young and ambitious bailiff, Casey Portman, who loves the courthouse action, yet yearns for a conventional life as a wife and a mother. But career is everything to a young prosecutor determined to win a big case, never expecting that this may be the one to bring him to his knees.
Rocker, a former judge, has ensured Punishment is filled with suspense, humor, irony and an insider’s knowledge of the criminal justice system that will have you devouring this book – and raptly awaiting the next release.
“Taut, fast-paced, legal thriller filled with a former judge’s unique insights into the criminal justice system.” Martin D.Krall, Former V.P./ Chief Legal Officer, The New York Daily News
Learn more about Rocker and her work at http://lindarocker.com.
Appointed to Ohio’s Common Pleas Bench, Linda Rocker served as a trial judge for a number of years and has continued to hear cases as a retired Judge. A prolific writer, many of her legal opinions have appeared in print, along with articles in local bar association magazines. Rocker has been honored as a leader, a fighter for equal rights, and an advocate for the homeless. She has been recognized by Who’s Who in American Women, Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People and The Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame to name just a few.
Punishment, her debut novel, is the first of a trilogy about criminal justice. The second novel, Blame is in progress and she will be publishing a collection of short stories, Is Anybody Listening? in early 2013.