To attorney Noah Parks, the probate of a will should be a simple task. But the Last Will and testament of Leonard Xavier Cross is anything but simple. Though he has never heard of Cross, he learns that the Will directs him to provide the legal representation for the estate, and as part of his fee will receive the contents of a safe deposit box. A safe deposit box no one knew existed. Intrigued, Parks takes on the task. But as the body count begins to rise, the otherwise mundane task of probating a will becomes more complicated. Despite all his skills the answers he needs remain elusive and force him to dive deeper into the shocking and deceptive Cross family history. Add in crocked cops, double “agents” and an explosive finale, and Parks is lucky to survive.
Being a fan of Southern crime dramas and courtroom suspense in general (think John Grisham), I was eager to get my hands on The Trust. And it certainly didn’t disappoint. Sean Keefer has done something with his debut novel that other writers would be envious of, he captures you from the beginning, builds the suspense at just the right pace, and keeps you looking for more. As a lawyer his knowledge of courtroom procedures and law give authenticity to his novel. And his knowledge of the Charleston area makes you feel like you have been to every place he describes.
Where other authors of this genre bow to commercial ideas, Keefer keeps true to his story, his southern roots, and his readers. In Noah Parks he creates a main character that you feel you know, could hang out with, and trust your life to. Noah has baggage, but the story is not bogged down by it. You get hints to his motivations and what drives him, and it carries the story along nicely. The main female character, Anna Beth Cross, is also developed in this manner. She is vulnerable, but not needy. A perfect combination.
But the root of the story is in a character we never meet. The mysterious Leonardo Cross, whose will sets into motion the events of the novel. By halfway through the novel we have seen the death of three people connected with the will, and the opening of the mysterious safe deposit box. But we still haven’t found out why Noah was in the will. It’s that subtle suspense that holds you to the story. Who can they trust, who is really in charge, and where will the clues lead them? In Mr. Keefer’s expert hands, even probate law seems exciting.
By the time I was done with the book, which I had to finish in a two day sprint because I just could not’t put it down,(I could have easily finished it in a few hours if my kids didn’t need to eat!) I was sad to see Noah go. You just want the story to go on. In fact, I was happy to learn that another novel with Noah is in the works. I am certainly keeping this book on the shelf and look forward to reading whatever else Sean Keefer has to offer.
Sean Keefer is a practicing attorney in Charleston, South Carolina where he lives with is wife and two Australian Shepherds. For more info you can visit http://www.seankeefer.com/.
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