〉 Schofield’s background as a trial lawyer adds depth and verisimilitude to his latest legal thriller.
The story centers around Florida state prosecutor Claire Talbot–a lawyer who is as tough as they come, though not everyone loves her for it. Newly promoted Felony Division Chief, Claire has about as many jealous detractors as she does supporters. Some colleagues are openly skeptical about her youth, her abilities, and even her gender. When a highway project construction crew unearths two skeletons in a common grave, Claire reopens an investigation into a string of abductions that took place before she was born.
While researching the file, she meets retired cop Marc Hastings, who once worked on the case. He maneuvers his way into the investigation-and into Claire’s life. Marc has an uncanny familiarity with Claire’s habits, and she begins to realize that not all is as it seems. The detective urges Claire on, mysteriously convinced that only she can solve the case, as the key to the killings may lie deep in Claire’s own past.
Schofield himself has an intriguing backstory, raised and educated in British Columbia where he served as a trial lawyer–work that ultimately led him to the Cayman Islands. He eventually succumbed to his passion for creative writing, and his first novel Flight Risks was published in 2010. He continued to develop his skills as a novelist and screenwriter, eventually penning the script for Time Out of Mind–a story that inevitably became Time of Departure.
The novel is a spellbinding thriller, filled with twists and turns that will captivate fans of the genre, but also those who appreciate strong female leads and compelling love stories. The story incorporates the best elements of great legal thrillers with a strong romantic throughline. With the success of series like True Detective and the recent smash hit true-crime thriller Making a Murderer, there’s clearly a thriving audience for crime-centric content, making Time of Departure one of the hottest literary properties on the market in early 2016.
Josh Lyons | Associate Editor