Absolute Certainty: A Crime Novel

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Successfully navigating a conviction against a prime suspect in the murder of a college student, assistant D.A. Marty Nickerson finds her ideals challenged when she is held back from reopening the case despite new evidence that someone else may have been the killer. 40,000 first printing.

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Rose Connors grew up in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. She graduated from Mount St. Mary's College with a degree in American history in 1978 and from the Duke University School of Law in 1984. A trial attorney for eighteen years, she is admitted to practice in both Washington State and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She lives in Chatham with her husband, Admiralty attorney David Farrell, and their sons, Dave and Sam. She is at work on her second Marty Nickerson novel.

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Chapter One

Wednesday, May 26

"You nailed him, Martha."

I know it's Geraldine Schilling without looking up. She's the only one in the office -- or anywhere else for that matter -- who calls me Martha. Geraldine is the First Assistant District Attorney for Barnstable County, a county that includes all the towns on Cape Cod. She intends to be Barnstable County's next District Attorney, a position no woman has ever held.

"You nailed him. Now let's go in there and finish it."

"I'm ready, Geraldine."

I snap my briefcase shut and gesture for Geraldine to take the only empty seat in my cramped office. "But Judge Carroll released the jurors for lunch. He'll call for closing arguments when they get back."

Geraldine doesn't sit down. She never does. She leans against my old wooden file cabinet instead, pressing a spiked heel against the bottom drawer. She draws hard on her cigarette and rolls her pale green eyes to the ceiling. "Lunch? Who the hell eats lunch?"

There is a widely held belief in our office that Geraldine doesn't eat -- ever. All of us have seen her attend professional luncheons and political dinners, but no one has seen her swallow a morsel of food. Caffeine and nicotine seem to keep her going. She weighs 110 pounds wearing her neatly tailored suit.

Kevin Kydd appears in my doorway, grinning as usual. "I do. I eat lunch. Where are we going, ladies?"

He always makes me laugh. But Geraldine doesn't crack a smile. She shakes her long blond bangs and blows a steady stream of smoke toward the doorway. "Lunch with you, Kydd? I'd sooner starve."

His grin expands. "Ah, Gerry, you're a peach."

Kevin Kydd arrived in our office one year ago, a young Southern gentleman fresh out of Emory Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. He is tall and lanky, with slightly stooped shoulders and a grin that doesn't quit. Geraldine christened him "the Kydd" immediately upon his arrival and the rest of us adopted it. He, in turn, calls her "Gerry," always with the grin. We marvel that he still has a job.

The Kydd ambles in and settles in the chair Geraldine rejected. "How about you, Marty? My treat."

"Thanks, Kydd, but I'll have to pass. I'm expecting Judge Carroll's clerk to call any time now. We're closing Rodriguez this afternoon."

"Mind if I watch?"

The Kydd's question is intended more for Geraldine than for me, but I answer him quickly. "Not a bit."

I remember my early days in this office, handling the traffic offenses and bounced checks that the Kydd is stuck with now, waiting for an opportunity to prosecute a "real" crime. Whenever I could, I watched closing arguments in the more serious cases. I watched Geraldine in action in a number of trials. She doesn't try cases anymore, but she was excellent in her day.

The old black phone on my desk doesn't finish its first ring before I grab it. "Marty Nickerson."

It's Wanda Morgan, Judge Carroll's courtroom clerk. The jury is back; the judge is calling for summations.

I head for the door. The Kydd reaches it before I do, but he pauses to look back at Geraldine, to verify that he has her permission. She blows a smoke ring at him.

"Go ahead," she says. "Maybe you'll learn something."

Copyright © 2002 by Rose Connors

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