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HOSTILE WITNESS: A Josie Bates Thriller
HOSTILE WITNESS: A Josie Bates Thriller

HOSTILE WITNESS: A Josie Bates Thriller


4.30 (11 ratings)

When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships create a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth is uncovered it can save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both.

"This story was inspired by a case my husband handled. As a superior court judge he had to sentence a minor to life in prison. It made me wonder how I felt about minors arrested for violent crimes. Are they most vulnerable among us - capable or horrible violence, perceived as adults and yet emotionally still children?" Rebecca Forster

"An enthralling read, with colorful, well-developed characters and the unique atmosphere of the California beach communities." Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

"Blending complex psychological character portraits with spot-on accurage courtroom drmaa, Forster's riveting legal thriller keeps the plot twists coming until the last, satisfying page." - Alafair Burke


Kindle Customer

I couldn't put it down. The characters act like real people and I was invested by the end of the first page. A thrilling story.

Lea Goodman
very enjoyable...

Fast moving, held my interest well.

Kindle Customer
Money and lies.

Loved the book. Kept me guessing all the way to the end. Now I must read book 2. I would have liked to have read more about the case she won that damaged Josie.

Yoga Gal
Great characters

Loved this book the characters were flawed but well developed, can't wait to read more about Josie and how she moves forward both personally and professionally.

Ed Rondo
Fast moving story

Liked the story and did not see the ending Lots of flawed characters and messy relationships made me read it in one setting.


Storyline was quite interesting. I solved the murder by the middle of the book. Slow moving during 1st half, became interesting during court proceedings. If you like Lawyers and court cases perhaps this is for you.

Amazon Customer
Not a Christian read.

Amazon’s disappointing search lives up to its reputation again. If you want a Christian read, this book is not for you. Didn’t even make it through first chapter. Glad I didn’t pay money for it.

Kindle Customer
Great read!

Suspense that makes you read it to the ending!
Great characters that makes you want to read more about them! Cant wait to read other books in this series!

Amazon Customer
Riveting Reading

The characters are well developed and are so intricately entwined. Figuring out who the villain/s seems to be and who really is the villain/s kept me glued to the pages.