This is a hard to put down thriller dealing with the abortion issue. What makes it unique is that the book is comprehensive. The author attempts to show both sides fairly. In less capable hands, it could have come off like a political manifesto, but the plot is intriguing and the characters well-imagined. It’s part of a series of courtroom dramas featuring the same cast of characters. This one is my favorite. A new Supreme Court Chief Justice is nominated – a brilliant female with a secret. While the Senate spars over her nomination, an inflammatory abortion case wends its way toward her turning her nomination into an all out war. Not all of Patterson’s book are as weighty. Some readers prefer his lighter fare; I like his heftier tomes likes this one.