Fans of mystery novels, there’s a new book available, and it has a local connection.
Fresno attorney James A. Ardaiz, former presiding justice of the California Fifth District Court of Appeal, has made his debut as a mystery novelist with Fractured Justice, which launches this month with a book signing on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at A Book Barn in Clovis.
Copies of the book (paperback, 354 pages, $16.95) will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
Fractured Justice is fiction, but it draws from Ardaiz’s decades of experience as a prosecutor and judge. In the book, protagonist Matt Jamison, an assistant district attorney, is confronted by a meticulously staged crime scene—a dead woman, carefully scrubbed of all forensic evidence, laid out on a canal bank in Jamison’s rural Central California county. A serial killer is on the loose and adept at hiding his tracks. And before the murderer can be brought to justice, Jamison will lose his illusions about what justice means.