Plea of Insanity by Jilliane Hoffman
(Michael Joseph, 2008)

Plea of Insanity

by Jilliane Hoffman

Before I began my career as a Miami prosecutor, an unthinkable tragedy befell the family of a close friend whose sibling had been diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. While in the throes of a psychotic delusion, a horrific crime was committed, and in a fragile instant, lives were forever tragically changed. My friend’s heartbreaking story haunted me for years, inspiring me to write the ultimate psychological thriller: Plea of Insanity.

Some fear madness. Others choose it…

Julia Vacanti is a young, ambitious Miami prosecutor who can hold her own in a courtroom full of good old boys. Assigned to a hectic trial division with an ornery, sexist judge, just getting through the day can be a challenge. When she’s asked by the Assistant Division Chief of Major Crimes to second chair a murder case that could make or break her career, she doesn’t hesitate to jump on board.

The defendant is a successful surgeon. The victims are his wife and small children. The plea is Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity. The perfect father and husband, David Marquette seemingly just snapped one night. Or did he? His defense team claims schizophrenic delusions drove him to slaughter his whole family. But the state suspects Marquette’s insanity defense to be the carefully fabricated work of a deviant psychopath, crafted to disguise murders that were calculated and cold-blooded.

If convicted, Marquette faces the ultimate penalty—death. If found insane, he could walk free. To bring a killer to justice, Julia will have to venture into the mind of madness herself, embarking on a journey into her own past – something she has struggled for to forget for fifteen years. And this will lead her to confront a future so chilling, she’s not sure she will ever be able to face it…