Everyone dreads that terrifying call that comes in the middle of the night. Your worst fears might be realized, your life changed forever in the minute it takes to answer. Jessie Martin never expected to hear the word murder on the other end of the line. That ringing phone was the sound of an ill-fated trajectory that would tilt her world, throwing her life into free-fall in Jodé Susan Millman’s heart-pounding courtroom thriller, The Midnight Call (Immortal Works).
Corporate attorney Jessie Martin answers the phone at 1 AM. Terrence Butterfield, her former teacher, and mentor, now a friend, says he’s about to kill himself. Against her fiancé Kyle’s protests—she’s seven months pregnant, after all—they race to Terrence’s house only to meet the police. What she finds shakes her to her core. There’s a boy’s body in the basement, and Terrence declares himself the murderer.
Jeremy used to be the most celebrated criminal defense attorney around, but he may have lost his edge. This case might be the one that gives him back his mojo, and he might just set another legal precedent.
When Jessie and Jeremy speak to Terrence about the murder, Jessie can’t believe he’s the same person she’s known and loved all these years. He was a popular high school teacher and a patient friend who’d helped her through a difficult time in her life, the keeper of her most intimate secrets. Now she sees a flicker of insanity pass over his face as he swears he doesn’t know what happened after those boys showed up at his house. The malicious grin—a quick flash of fiendishness—came and went in an instant. Were Terrence’s idiosyncrasies just the mark of his eccentric character or were they snippets of a deranged mind?
District Attorney Lauren Hollenbeck is thrilled at her good fortune that the case of the century just landed in her lap. Convicting the handsome and charismatic teacher will catapult her career. She assigns the case to Assistant District Attorney Hal Samuels; she doesn’t yet know that Hal and witness Jessie Martin have a history.
Hal can’t imagine that Jessie witnessed the crime. She was kind and compassionate, the former love of his life. There is no way she could be involved, but his boss insists on having her testify. Seeing her again makes him question everything about his life.
The tension mounts as Terrence tries to manipulate Jessie, Jeremy uses her as a pawn, her fiancé Kyle pressures her for more, and the man she may have let get away becomes a part of her life. Friendship, insanity, the drama of a courtroom, with a touch of romance rounding out the narrative, will have readers struggling to answer the question: What happens after you answer that terrifying midnight call?
The Midnight Call is now available for purchase.
About Jodé Susan Millman
To Jodé, life is a mystery and that is why she loves to write them. Developing unique and interesting character and characters over the arc of a story is a challenge she relishes. For example, what events, experiences, goals and influences cause people to act the way they do? It’s not only who did it, but why? What’s behind the conflict that affects the lives of everyone involved?
The search for answers certainly motivated Jodé to practice law, obtain a Masters in English Literature, and write mysteries and crime fiction. As an attorney, she’s witnessed human nature at its best and worst, and so as a writer, she’s able to delve deep into the psyche of her characters to explore their motivation. In both situations, she guides her clients/characters to solve the problems that are foisted upon them, often self-imposed.
Jodé is fortunate to have been born and live in Poughkeepsie, New York. For some strange reason, her hometown is a hot bed of gruesome, bizarre crimes that stimulate amazing plot ideas for her stories.
On the lighter side, Jodé is particularly fond of Rumpole of the Old Bailey, a barrister who always captures the villain with a particularly wry sense of humor. On the darker side, give her Hinterland, Sherlock, Broadchurch or Luther on Netflix and she’ll be happy for days.
Besides writing her novels, Jodé blogs about the legal aspects of writing, paints and exhibits her watercolors and photographs, and is the co-host of a podcast, Backstage with the Bardavon. The podcast features interviews with performers at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie and is a blast from her past as a rock’n roll DJ on WPDH before “video killed the radio star”.