WHEN BEAUTIFUL, JADED ATTORNEY RUBY RANDOLPH IS ARRESTED FOR KILLING HER SNAKE OF A LAWYER HUSBAND, NOBODY BLAMES HER—EXCEPT THE COP WHO LOVES HER.
Ruby Randolph is a street-smart lawyer with a dark past who finally makes it big, but she’s snared in an abusive marriage. Privilege has its costs. When her husband’s shocking murder sets her free, Ruby vows to keep it that way at any cost. But when her former lover shows up at her door as the police detective investigating the case, freedom gets tricky. There’s still heat between them, but can she trust him? Hank Rider, an honorable, world-weary cop, knows better than to get emotionally involved in a case. But he can’t forget what he once felt for Ruby as they re-ignite their steamy affair. When he discovers evidence against her, the line between duty and passion gets blurred, fast. As the investigation spirals out of his control, Hank struggles through a long list of suspects who wanted Ruby’s husband dead—including Ruby. A bankrupted law firm, a busted client-attorney privilege, an ex-con out for revenge, a corpse in an orange grove, and Ruby’s own shady history conspire to make everyone a suspect.
“Claire Matturro’s twisted, intense mystery layers one deception over another in rapid-fire delivery that will keep you reading until the wee hours. Forget sleep—this sizzling, sexy story will leave you breathless.”—Donna Meredith, award-winning author and associate editor of Southern Literary Review
“Ruby Randolph is a red-hot force of nature... Privilege is a steamy tale of murder, betrayal, and bad behavior. But look closer, and you’ll see that it—like its heroine—also has a bright glimmer of hope etched on its heart.”—Laura Benedict, award-winning author of The Stranger Inside
“Only a lawyer [like Claire Matturro] would know the inner workings of a law firm. Only a great writer can make it so thrilling. Privilege is a great read.”—James O. Born, NYT best-selling author of crime and thriller novels.
“The reader is kept off balance by the gritty characterization of lawyer Ruby Randolph. Is she a victim or the orchestrator in this intricate web of misdeeds? … [A]n excellent story, well written, and with complex and satisfyingly flawed characters.”—Rebecca Barrett, author of Trouble in Paradise and Road’s End.
“Welcome to a read that is as steamy as a Florida swamp on a hot August night. …Secrets and secret lovers make it a riveting page turner as each layer of this captivating mystery is slowly revealed.”—Andrew Nance, author of All the Lovely Children.
"A dark and twisted past follows Ruby Randolph …. Drugs, financial abuse, and murder all play a role in this intense legal thriller that pulses with action—and plenty of heat—under the Florida sun. Ruby learns the hard lesson that Karma always comes round again and the dead will rise from their graves."—Carolyn Haines, USA Today best-selling author of the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series
BIOGRAPHY Claire Hamner Matturro, a Romantic Times book award winner, has been a journalist in Alabama, a lawyer in Florida, an organic blueberry farmer in Georgia, and taught at Florida State University and University of Oregon. She remains active in writers’ groups and writes reviews for Southern Literary Review, Compulsive Reader, and the Alabama Writers Forum.
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