Conflict of Interest

A Casey Cort Novel

Book 5
Penner Publishing
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Troy Duncan has just two worries on his mind: how he is going to give his two young children and fiancé a Christmas they deserve and whether his job at a struggling restaurant will last through the winter. As he leaves work early on another slow night, he runs into something that changes his life forever.

Cleveland Police Officer Marc Baldwin has been on the job for more than two decades, risking his life every day to keep the city streets safe for others. One cold night in December, he gets a routine call to break up drug activity in the newly popular Flats district, but what happens there is anything but routine, as circumstances prompt Marc to draw—and use—his service weapon.

Attorney Casey Cort is finally changing her life for the better. After an uplifting year of pro bono adoption work under her belt, she is hoping to start a practice free of the emotional turmoil and problems of criminal defense and divorce. Easier said than done, particularly when a new, high-profile referral comes from a most unlikely source. Once again, Casey finds herself in the middle of a major controversy—and a city on the verge of riot.

In this continuation of the Casey Cort series, Aime Austin—a former trial lawyer in Cleveland—weaves another tale that blends the best of today’s top legal thrillers with the heart and soul of women’s fiction, in a story ripped from real-world headlines.



legal thriller series, courtroom thrillers, courtroom dramas, women lawyers, black lives matter, judge and jury, police shootings


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About the author

Aime Austin also writing as Sylvie Fox is the author of women's fiction and legal thrillers. She splits her time between California and Europe.

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Penner Publishing
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Published on
Nov 15, 2016
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Pages
325
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ISBN
9781944179243
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / African American / Contemporary Women
Fiction / African American / General
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Legal
Fiction / Thrillers / Legal
Fiction / Thrillers / Political
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