Material Witness is a legal thriller and the third novel in the Drew Smith series. The DC trial attorney defends a young man in a murder investigation of his law school pal. Smith recruits fellow lawyer Edward Miller and TV news reporter Stephanie Gilchrist to assist in his defense preparation. The three become entangled in a love triangle while Smith is coping with his post-traumatic stress syndrome inflicted years earlier when his close friend tragically died in his arms from a gunshot wound. Smith copes with the psychological damage caused by the shock and the underlying guilt. His mental health condition progresses into the paranormal. The search for the killer leads him into the Chinese underground world of human smuggling. The investigation moves toward resolution endangering Gilchrist and Miller are taken hostage, and under threat of death Smith races against time to save them. Material Witness was inspired by an actual DC case, the Robert Wone murders.
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Norwood Holland is a freelance writer, lawyer, and author of the Drew Smith legal thriller series based on the capers of a bon vivant DC trial attorney. Holland is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and earned his degree in English from Fisk University where he studied under the renowned Harlem Renaissance author Arna Bontemps. He has served in several government agencies including the National Labor Relations Board and several top Washington law firms. In the mid-90s he began freelance writing with bylines in The Writer Magazine and the Examiner. He blogs at editorialindependence.com. Material Witness is third in the series launched with Sleepless Nights, followed by the prequel Minus One. Private Number the fourth series installment will be released in early 2019