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FADE THE HEAT by Jay Brandon is #1 in The Mark Blackwell series.  I would consider this a legal thriller even though there was not much thrill.

Brief Description:

On a quiet April night, San Antonio’s peace is shattered by insistent screams. A cleaning woman working late in a downtown office building points to a young computer expert as her attacker. Her version of the incident is rape; he claims he’s been framed – that she ripped her own clothes and clawed at her own flesh. When the sun rises, this event will shock the entire city, because the accused rapist is David Blackwell, son of the new District Attorney.
Mark Blackwell knows that his son’s story will sound preposterous to a jury. Although a master at the bureaucratic chess game, the District Attorney cannot ‘fade the heat’ and prevent David from going to trial. In desperation he will put everything on the line – his family, his marriage, even his secret love affair – to save David. But as he searches for clues and sorts out his strategies, a chilling question surfaces. If David is innocent, then it means that he himself is the target of a frame-up – by enemies whose devious motives he cannot even begin to fathom…

 I had a hard time getting into this book and even when I did, it didn’t seem to be all that good.  I just wanted to get it finished so I could move on to the next book.  I think Mark Blackwell could be a very interesting character, but you really didn’t see that much of his true self until the very last pages.  I would have liked to have had some of this in the beginning, so I would have had a reason to pick up the book again to see what was happening.  I didn’t feel the pull to pick up, so unfortunately it sat around for a while.
If I find the next in the series, I will probably read it just to see if anything changed, but I would not rush out and buy it.  Having said that, I am giving this 2 out of 5 stars.  I did like the end and for some strange reason it made me think there could be more.