OVERRIDE

Under Fire

Margaret McLean

Forge Books

A Boston firefighter is shot and killed in the line of duty while rescuing Amina Diallo and her fifteen-year-old son, Malick, from their burning store. Diallo, a Senegalese Muslim immigrant, is arrested for arson and murder, and will likely be convicted in record time.  

Attorneys Sarah Lynch and Buddy Clancy face more than racial and religious prejudice in this impossible courtroom battle.  Diallo is targeted by a gunman in open court, a key defense witness is attacked, and documents are stolen.  Someone is trying to stop Sarah and Clancy from winning the case.  They must find out who and why.  A dangerous pursuit of the truth becomes Amina’s only chance in Margaret McLean's Under Fire.

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THERE’S SOMETHING SINISTER about black smoke—the way it creeps up, closes in, and chokes the life right out of you. Jack Fogerty had to conquer it head on. He jammed the steel Halligan between the knob and frame and yanked sideways. The wooden door splintered and popped open. Smoke billowed from the Senegalese Market and enveloped him. Jack twisted his regulator and went on air. Fire alarms blared.
Please God help me save them. Tell me where they are. The woman and boy lived upstairs above the store. Jack and his partner, Andy, plowed through the dense
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Praise for Under Fire

"On your shelf of legal thrillers, move the Grishams aside and make room for Margaret McLean. She's got all the  knowledge of an insider and - more importantly - all the skills of a great storyteller. She'll take you into the offices and the holding cells and the courtrooms, and you'll believe every detail and nuance. Then she'll start to heighten and tighten and twist and turn, and you won't be able to put the book down. Go and read it."--William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of City of Dreams

"Masterful and compelling, Under Fire is not only a breath-takingly exciting courtroom thriller, it's a beautifully written novel.  The characters are memorable, and the story feels as real as a top-flight documentary.  This is one you'll want to keep and tell your friends about." 
--Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Margaret McLean

  • MARGARET MCLEAN was born and raised in Rome, New York. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and earned her law degree from Boston College Law School.  She practiced law as a criminal prosecutor.  McLean currently teaches law at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.  She lives in Norwell, Massachusetts, with her three children.  Under Fire is her first novel.

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Under Fire

Margaret McLean

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