by Scott Adlerberg
I have an idea for a novel, and so far I've established a rough timeline for the plot. So far what I have goes more or less like this:
About 5 or 6 years ago, a body of a 19-year-old man is found dead on a road in the country (let's say down in the South somewhere). No arrest is made in this case. The road is not far from the large house of a prominent family of the area. The father/husband of this family is a well-known lawyer in the area and comes from a long line of successful lawyers in that area.
Two years later, a housekeeper at the home of the same prominent family, a woman 57 or so years old, dies after a trip and fall accident at her employers' family home. She had served for more than 20 years as the family housekeeper and nanny.
Years later, court documents related to the housekeeper's death will reveal that the family's father (remember, he is an attorney) told the housekeeper's sons that he was responsible for her death and plans to sue himself so that they are financially taken care of. But years pass, and the housekeeper's family receives no money.
About a year after the housekeeper's death, a woman aged 19 goes missing after a boat crash near a small island near the attorney's family's house. A 911 call is placed from the scene of the crash. Many beer cans, as well as bloodstains, are found on the crashed boat, and about a week after the crash, the 19-year-old woman is found dead in a marsh off the island where the crash took place.
About a month after the boat crash, the son of the lawyer in whose family's house the housekeeper tripped and died a while back is indicted on charges of boating under the influence causing death and two counts of boating under the influence causing great bodily injury. This son, the indicted one, pleads not guilty to all charges.