Plea for Justice

Plea for Justice is a psychological, legal thriller by Liz Lazarus, told in alternating viewpoints by “Jackie,” a paralegal in pursuit of justice, and “Me,” a terrifying killer with treacherous cyber skills. Lazarus has once again produced a page-turner, full of drama and suspense—and more than one unexpected twist.
Set in Atlanta, GA, main character Jackie Siegel is contacted from prison by her estranged friend, Aaron Slater. In high school, he was the “cool jock” and she was the “introverted geek.” They were inseparable until graduation, when he suddenly dumped her with no explanation. Ten years later, Aaron is arrested for one of the most notorious murders in recent history. Labeled by the media as “The Snapchat Killer,” he is accused of posting videos on social media of a college student before brutally murdering her.
Aaron swears he is innocent and begs for Jackie’s help. But why would an innocent man sign a plea deal that he claims he didn’t understand, one that puts him in prison for the rest of his life? As Jackie investigates the evidence, she meets resistance at every turn — no one wants this case reopened. The conflicting information and bizarre clues compel her to keep digging, uncovering questions of trust, self-protection and fate.
As Jackie closes in on the truth, loyalties are strained and relationships are tested, leaving her to wonder if she’s helping an innocent man or being played for a fool. It wouldn’t be the first time. In the end, whose plea for justice is answered?


"Liz Lazarus is quickly becoming the master of the psychological thriller. Much like her first work, Free of Malice, I felt as if I were inhaled into the plot from the opening paragraphs. The characters’ personalities unwind through twists, turns, and flashbacks, gripping the reader as if you are a part of the ride. Don't pick this book up expecting to put it down before you finish."

Mark Walters, host of Armed American Radio, author of Lessons from Armed America and Lessons from Unarmed America

"Plea for Justice is truly a gripping read. A powerful and realistic trip into the heart of our criminal justice system and a superb introduction into firearms training."

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, author of On CombatOn Killing and Assassination Generation

"The blend of psychological inspection, legal process, and complex, revolving relationships is just right in a mystery that percolates with a satisfying blend of investigative action and thought-provoking revelations from start to finish."

D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"The most impressive thing about Liz Lazarus is that not only has she written a good and suspenseful story, but that the law in the book is well researched and correct. You will be entertained and you just might learn a few new things about the law and the role of paralegals in our judicial process."

Marcy Jankovich, Advanced Certified Paralegal

"Masterful! No one can take you on a journey of suspense and empowerment like Liz Lazarus. I was riveted, inspired and literally captivated by every page."

Carrie Lightfoot, Founder and Owner of The Well Armed Woman

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About Liz Lazarus

Liz Lazarus grew up in Valdosta, Georgia, known for its high school football and being the last watering hole on highway I-75 before entering Florida. She was editor of her high school newspaper and salutatorian of her class. Lazarus graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology with an engineering degree and Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management with an MBA. She went on to a successful career as an executive at General Electric’s Healthcare division. Later, she joined a leading consulting firm as a Managing Director.

Interestingly, Lazarus initially ignored the calling to become a novelist—instead, she tackled other ambitions on her bucket list: living in Paris and learning to speak French, getting her pilot’s license and producing a music CD. But, as she explains, her first book “wouldn’t leave me alone—it kept nudging me to write to the point that I could no longer ignore it.”

Though her first novel, Free of Malice, released in the spring of 2016, is fiction, the attack on the main character is real, drawn from Lazarus’ own experience. It portrays the emotional realities of healing from a vicious, physical assault and tells the story of one woman’s obsession to force the legal system to acknowledge her right to self-defense.

Reader response to Lazarus’ first novel was so encouraging that she embarked on a writing career, releasing her second novel in the spring of 2018. Plea for Justice is a thriller that depicts the journey of a paralegal investigating the case of her estranged friend’s incarceration. As she seeks the truth, loyalties are strained and relationships are tested leaving her to wonder if she is helping an innocent man or being played for a fool.

Lazarus lives in Atlanta and is engaged to fiancé, Richard. When not working, she enjoys reading, traveling and spoiling their cat, Buckwheat.

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