Hidden Agenda, by Peter Berman
Jeremy Hart, a senior prosecutor in the LA District Attorney’s office, is a young widower whose grief counselor sends him to a charity party to jump-start his social life. At the party, he meets Claire, a young married woman with two small children who is trapped in a loveless marriage to Peter, a very wealthy and abusive man. When a courtship develops between Jeremy and Claire, Claire’s violent husband Peter discovers the affair. After a brutal beating, Claire confides to Jeremy that she believes that Peter is planning on taking her life.
When Claire’s husband is found shot to death in the driveway of his home, detective Ulysses S. Gibson and his partner Jennifer Donahue are called to investigate the murder. For the prosecutor, the crime is an easy conviction when all the leads of the investigation point to Jeremy.
For detectives Gibson and Donahue, nothing is so obvious. How are these individuals connected? And what of the death of Jeremy’s wife, Elizabeth, years go? Gibson and Donahue keep the scales of justice in balance as they discover everyone’s ‘Hidden Agenda.’
Peter S Berman became a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney in 1973. After serving as a trial attorney for ten years, he was promoted to the position of Head Deputy District Attorney, a senior supervisory role. At various times during his career, he oversaw the daily operations of a series of county courthouses, as well as a number of specialized divisions, including the Hardcore Gang Division, the Sex Crimes Division, the Major Frauds Division, and the Career Criminal Division. He retired from the Office of the District Attorney in 2002.
During his career as a District Attorney, he lectured and trained prosecutors and investigators throughout the United States for the the National Prosecutors College, the California Department of Justice, and numerous other agencies. He also worked as a technical advisor on an NBC movie of the week which was based upon one of his sexual assault cases.
His work as the head of the Hardcore Gang Division was profiled on a number of television shows, including CBS’s Sixty Minutes.
He continues to devote some of his time to law enforcement as a Specialist Volunteer with LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division, Cold Case Specials Unit, where he actively investigates unsolved homicide cases. He has been honored by the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division as their 2008 Reserve Officer of the Year.
Mr. Berman is an avid world traveler, a devoted LA Kings hockey fan, and he currently resides with his family in Southern California.