John T. Lescroart. A Certain Justice (1995) 435 pp.
In San Francisco, a black lawyer is mistaken for a killer and lynched
by whites. A white bystander trying to save him by cutting the rope is
photographed holding a knife and portrayed by a newspaper as the mobís
leader. The city explodes into violence, politicians outdo each other calling
for retribution and a decent man runs for his life.