As a lawyer, I tend to be critical of legal fiction, because it often lacks any resemblance to what happens in real courtrooms. It's not that most legal fiction is too outlandish, though, it's that it is hackneyed, and not outlandish *enough*. In criminal courtrooms, the truth usually is stranger than fiction. Most authors don't write the weirdest stories, because they'd never think to; those stories defy imagination.
That's what I liked about this book and its predecessor, Almost Mortal. The books aren't "too wild to be true" -- they're so wild that they MUST be true (perhaps because they're told by someone who's lived through them). Even when the stories pivot to the surreal/supernatural, you understand why. Matters of life and death, good and evil lend themselves to a metaphysical approach. It's just human nature.
Yes, sometimes the subject matter is raw, but anyone who's spent time working in related fields (law, law enforcement, etc) knows that the truth is raw. Overall, this was a very fun read. I recommend it highly.