Review: The Guilty Die Twice

The Guilty Die Twice: A Legal Thriller


Two attorney brothers. Two bullet-riddled corpses. Two sides to the story.

Ten years ago, a capital murder case in the heart of Texas split the Lynch family in two. Now, estranged lawyer brothers Travis and Jake Lynch find themselves on opposing sides of the courtroom in a high-profile, grisly double murder case—with another accused criminal’s life on the line. Conscience-stricken Travis left his high-powered law firm to become a public defender, while bullish Jake rose to become District Attorney. The case pits brother against brother in a contest of wits, wills, and legal savvy that will shake the justice system to its core: both Lynches are convinced they’re in the right, but the truth turns out to be more complicated—and deadly—than either could have possibly imagined.

A drug deal double-cross turns lethal, leaving two corpses and one victim paralyzed for life. The victim never saw the gunman, but he knows one name: Sam Park. Travis defended Sam’s brother years before, and his heart won’t let him turn down the case, even knowing it’ll bring him face-to-face with Jake after ten years of cold silence. Jake, meanwhile, runs afoul of the Austin political machine and needs a high-profile conviction to win a tough upcoming election. And Sam, the star witness and prime suspect, won’t talk—not to Travis, and certainly not to the high-and-mighty DA—and time is running out.

Can these feuding brothers put aside a decade of enmity in the name of true justice? Or will the truth of what really happened that bloody night go to the grave with Sam Park?

Fans of Due Process by Scott Pratt, The Family Lawyer by James Patterson, Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, and The Fifth Justice by John Ellsworth will love this book, as well as people who love to read about:

  • True crime
  • Legal thrillers
  • Courtroom drama
  • Texas legal dynasties
  • Political drama
  • Broken families

Rating: 5-stars


The Guilty Die Twice by Don Hartshorn is an engaging thriller. Two brothers are fighting against each other and soon become embroiled in a dark crime investigation. The conversations and interactions between the brothers was entertaining to follow. I liked them both. Both have careers and wives. They want to succeed at their jobs. Only a particular case lays between them. I kept hoping things would go well for both. However, seeing how anger they were towards each other anything could happen. Things sometimes gets worse before they get better. In this case, that’s what happens between these two thickheaded men. The story was well-crafted and well-developed. I felt what the men were going through and why. I enjoyed the dialogue and action. Crime fiction is amazing. This new writer is now on my top favorites list. The writing was done in a way that had me hooked from beginning to end. Overall, it was a quick read. I cannot wait to read more thrillers by Don Hartshorn in the future.

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