As thought-provoking as it is compelling, Without Prejudice is a stunningly written tale about race, mixed motives and the dangerous places trust can lead you.
Late one night, Robert Danziger receives an unexpected call from a childhood friend, Duval Morgan. Duval has spent more than twenty years in an Illinois state penitentiary for the horrific rape and assault of a young nurse. Now he is finally out.
Robert has recently returned to his native city of Chicago to make a fresh start - but Duval is a voice from the past, and from a childhood Robert would rather forget. Robert reluctantly agrees to meet him, and is astonished to find he is proclaiming his innocence. But as Duval gradually starts to spend more time with the Danziger family, befriending Robert’s wife Anna and young daughter Sophie, Robert's trust is pushed to the limit and he finds himself wondering what his old friend really wants.
When Anna, a lawyer, takes up Duval’s cause, Robert is reluctant to encourage her, for reasons he’s not entirely sure of himself. Then just as Anna’s investigations into the rape case start to make progress, Duval disappears.
“Rosenheim paints a picture of a city that, despite its share of high-profile denizens, is still a place divided. This intelligent and well-crafted potboiler sheds light on a subject that goes beyond black and white”
“An explosive story... The showdowns and set pieces - his boardroom battles, his torrid fling, his marital spats - are enjoyable and well-handled... Andrew Rosenheim has the literary skill and his plotting is good”
“Tautly structured and highly entertaining, Rosenheim's intelligent thriller poses questions about the nature of friendship and the quality of trust”