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Accused (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Alexander
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Paul Alexander, the bestselling author of the Kindle Single Murdered, introduces us to Tommy Harris, the 14-year veteran of the Houston Police force, his fight with a man outside a bar, a death, and the ensuing homicide trial. The district attorney had boasted, "Anyone can convict a guilty person, but it takes someone really good to convict an innocent one." Did Harris apply a naked choke-hold, or did the district attorney and his forensics team set up Harris?

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Accused begins on the eve of the Fourth of July, 2009, when an off-duty Houston police officer, Tommy Harris, was enjoying a drink at a bar in a neighboring county. Around closing time, Harris escorted a bartender to her car. While watching her drive off, a man in the parking lot threw an unprovoked punch at him. Harris wrapped the man in a bear hug and wrestled him to the ground. The man, a 30-year-old Nigerian immigrant, died within minutes. Deeply distraught over the man’s death, Harris’s agony was just beginning. The overly zealous District Attorney of Fort Bend County, Texas, seized on the case—publicizing it and prosecuting it with the full force of his office--in an attempt to win his upcoming bid for re-election. This Kindle Single tells the story of a man caught between a bungled police investigation and a zealous District Attorney. Paul Alexander’s writing is suspenseful and wonderfully visual as he guides readers deftly through the initial altercation, the police investigation, the autopsy, cause-of-death speculation, legal wrangling, and the stunning courtroom trial. --Paul Diamond

Product Details

  • File Size: 223 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (July 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BE3L2E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He was just trying to do the right thing. July 10, 2011
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This guy did what any good man, police officer or not, would have done. The sad thing is that from the beginning, the "professionals" were not doing a good investigation and made decisions based on their feelings instead of taking a step back and sticking to the facts. Some blame goes to the officers on the scene, some goes to the Detective Virata, a lot goes to the medical examiner, Dr Mary Anzalone(she is another story completely), and a lot goes to the Ft Bend County DA's office, including Amanda Bolin and most notably the head DA John Healey. This book does a great job of laying out the facts as presented, and it shows the holes in the prosecutions case from the very beginning.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and timely July 11, 2011
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I devote a good deal of time to reading books on my kindle, yet this is only the second book about which I've written such a review.

This is non-fiction which reads as fiction. It speaks to cliche, "I couldn't put it down". Actually, I didn't until I was finished. You won't either. I hope I clicked the correct button and gave it 5 stars.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Good Deed Goes Unpunished July 9, 2011
By Mayday
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In a day and age where the news constantly barages us with stories depicting the worst evidence of man's inhumanity to man, a Good Samaritan, just trying to help and do the right thing, gets his feet held to the fire by people in power. As the saying goes, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This is a cautionary tale of how any one of us could get swept up in the system and destroyed.

I couldn't stop reading this. I was moved to tears. I can't stop thinking about it. This story will make you think. I hope it will be a thorn in the conscience of people empowered to right wrongs where they exist.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping case with a great "Perry Mason Moment" July 11, 2011
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Kindleing through Paul Alexander's "Accused" is like watching an episode of "Dragnet," and a very good, thrilling episode at that. Fast paced and straight forward "Accused" is a police procedural that has the immediacy, feel and veracity of a great piece of "Just the facts, ma'am" reporting.

The story is real. It made news in 2009 in Texas when Tommy Harris, an off-duty Huston cop was involved in an early-morning fight outside a bar that resulted in the death of a Nigerian man Sylvanus Okhueleigbe.

The altercation occurred after the bar's manager asked Harris to escort a waitress to her car because Okhueleigbe earlier in the evening had harassed the woman by badgering her for her phone number. In the parking lot Okhueleigbe for no apparent reason charged Harris. Harris wrestled the man to the ground. Okhueleigbe suddenly stopped breathing and was later pronounced dead at a Houston hospital.

A Texas grand jury indicated Harris who was then charged with negligent homicide. "Accused" follows the case to its dramatic courtroom conclusion.

Since the news was mainly of regional interest, most readers won't be aware of the outcome, or for that matter, that the events described really happened or that much of the dialogue was actually spoken and the testimony was taken verbatim from the court record. So for the many uninformed this becomes a story with real suspense and real thrills and its very own "Perry Mason Moment" of revelation.

Cop and victim are two of a very large cast of characters representing all interested parties: the FBI, the local police, the prosecuting attorney's office, the defense attorney and the medical examiner's office.

Everyone gets their say.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! July 11, 2011
By Tess.TX
Format:Kindle Edition
LOVED "Accused"! This is such a complex story, but written in a very readable, understandable, and emotionally compelling way. Citizens of Stafford, Texas, Fort Bend County, and Harris County should be on alert for clearly they have inept, if not outright corrupt public officials making potentially life altering decisions in their name. Three heroes emerge here: Tommy Harris, Aaron Suder, and Paul Alexander!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book July 11, 2011
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This is the second Alexander single I have read and both have been excellent. The amount of detail he delivers regarding the investigation shows a dedication to bringing you the real story. I am looking forward to more stories from this author!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally drawn into the story July 24, 2011
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This eBook Single is the reason i Love my Kindle, The ability to have access to stories like this and the entertainment value. I was instantly drawn into the case discussed in the story, giving different view points and seeing how corruption, and just plain neglect to do your job correctly can give a person his life or take it from them.

I became emotionally wrapped up in the outcome of the case, and still feel I was also taken step by step of the procedure of the arrest, and court case a perfect blend to grip you into reading more and more.

I will be looking forward to reading more of his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never Volunteer Yourself Into Jail August 30, 2013
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Tom Harris, a veteran Houston Police officer, should have known better than to speak candidly to a rookie cop from another jurisdiction regarding his possible culpability in an altercation ending in the death of one of the participants.

If he had simply insisted on first meeting with his attorney before giving his statement, he would have been within his rights and would have saved himself and his family from two years of agony and expense.

But Tom made the mistake of thinking that this young rookie and he belonged to a "Brotherhood" of cops and that he would be treated with respect...different than the average citizen. He was wrong..plain wrong!

The incident occurred in Fort Bend County where an overzealous district attorney saw this case as a springboard to launch his campaign for 're-election.

The author did an excellent job of researching all of the essential sources, the major players, the trial transcripts and information concerning the demographics of the two cities/and counties involved.

What would have made this story a FIVE star would have been a follow up to determine if Harris sued Fort Bend County and the District attorney for Malicious Prosecution.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Criminology and my rating is a four star.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Accurate and well written.
From the point of view of a retired P.O. like myself it was well written and factual. This could happen to any P.O. and unfortunately it does.
Published 16 days ago by motor723
4.0 out of 5 stars "Accused" Is Very Educational For All Of Us Who Might Get Accused
An interesting account of an investigation and outcome which shows the;holes in all police reports and prosecution. I read it in one sitting.
Published 21 days ago by Bill Henderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Will read it soon
I downloaded the book to keep my library several books ahead of my reading. When I read it, I will update my review.
Published 1 month ago by Boudreaux
2.0 out of 5 stars not worth the time
A trite reworking of a case gone wrong. This ,perhaps, is a short article for a news magazine. It reinforces stereotypes about Texas politics of old.
Published 2 months ago by Patty Lyon
4.0 out of 5 stars Accused was a good read
VERY fast and kept your attention throughout! If you enjoy suspense and justice you must read this quick book! You won't regret it.
Published 3 months ago by RC
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and detailed story of incompetence in our judicial system
Great book! I sat here for two hours and read straight through the book. Gives a small glimpse into how easily a good man can be taken down by poor police work.
Published 3 months ago by ROBERT ANTHONY GARCIA
4.0 out of 5 stars Accused
Really liked this book,always enjoy reading true criminal court trials. Story explained both sides with back ground information about each main character. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Accused
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading real life books. This kept you guessing throughout the entire book
Published 9 months ago by Tammie McCleary
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
The story was good but the writing just felt like one very long news story. There was nothing more in depth than what I could've found and read online about this case.
Published 10 months ago by Erin
2.0 out of 5 stars Accused - review by Sue
I am very sorry but I bombed out of this novel. There was just too much intricate detail which was very boring. Maybe if I had ploughed on the story would have developed.
Published 13 months ago by Sue Bishop
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More About the Author

Paul Alexander is the author of Salinger: A Biography, the basis of Shane Salerno's much anticipated feature documentary Salinger to be released in theatres by the Weinstein Company in September before appearing on American Masters on PBS in the spring.

Alexander is the editor of the essay collection Ariel Ascending: Writings About Sylvia Plath and the author of Rough Magic, a biography of Plath; Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The Life, Times, and Legend of James Dean, a bestseller that has been published in ten countries; Death and Disaster: The Rise of the Warhol Empire and the Race For Andy's Millions; Man of the People: The Life of John McCain; The Candidate, a chronicle of John Kerry's presidential campaign; and Machiavelli's Shadow: The Rise and Fall of Karl Rove. He is the author of the bestselling Kindle Singles Murdered, Accused, and Homicidal. His latest e-book, Mistried, was published by Rosetta Books.

A former reporter for Time, Alexander has published nonfiction in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, New York, The Nation, The Village Voice, Salon, Worth, The New York Observer, George, Cosmopolitan, More, Interview, ARTnews, Mirabella, Premiere, Out, The Advocate, Travel & Leisure, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Biography, Men's Journal, Best Life, The New York Review of Books, The Huffington Post, and Rolling Stone. In Europe, his journalism has appeared in Paris Match, Gente, and The Guardian. He contributes to The Daily Beast.

Alexander wrote Good Night, Dorothy Kilgallen, an original screenplay about Kilgallen's investigation of the Kennedy assassination, for Twentieth Century Fox. He is the author of the plays Strangers in the Land of Canaan and Edge, which he directed. Developed at The Actors Studio, Edge, the one-woman play about Sylvia Plath, ran in New York, where Angelica Page received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination; London; and venues in other cities, among them Miami, where New Times named Page Best Actress. Edge toured Australia and New Zealand and enjoyed a second run in New York. In all, Page performed Edge 400 times. Alexander is the director of a British revival of Ariel Dorfman's play Death and the Maiden; New York Stories, an evening of one-act plays by Paul Manuel Kane that ran in New York; and Brothers in Arms, a documentary feature film about John Kerry and Vietnam (First Run Features).

Alexander holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from The University of Alabama and an MFA from The Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught at the University of Houston, Long Island University, The City University of New York, and Hofstra University. Memberships include PEN American Center, the Authors Guild, and the Playwrights and Directors Unit of The Actors Studio. In the fall of 2002, he was a Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In January 2013, he appeared at the Key West Literary Seminar as part of the Writers on Writers series.

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