by Richard North Patterson
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The nation is stunned silent when presidential hopeful James Kilcannon is shot dead in front of his rock-star girlfriend Stacy Tarrant. Fiercely independent attorney Tony Lord dares to defend the shooter, but the already bizarre plot takes another twist. As America watches, a mysterious and ruthless figure, known only as Phoenix, takes to the airwaves-- and takes the wife of a wealthy newspaper mogul and Stacy's manager as his hostages. Phoenix mounts a televised trial of his own - in which Stacy Tarrant and Tony Lord are helpless defendents, millions of viewers are jurors, and - unless his chilling demands are met - Pheonix is the unstoppable executioner....