I was late getting to this book, but it's definitely worth picking up if you missed it as well. Peacock's debut is a gritty legal thriller about Joel Deveraux, a high-flying attorney who crashes and burns due to drugs. In an effort to resurrect his career (and redeem himself), Deveraux takes a job as a public defender in Brooklyn. Assigned to a hot-button murder trial -- defending a a black man from the projects accused of killing a white college student -- Deveraux is forced to confront issues he thought he'd left behind. The plotting in A Cure for Night groans on occasion, but this is a sharp and impressive debut. Peacock appears to have good things ahead of him.