Chicago, 1968. Martin Luther King had just been assassinated. The city lay in fear of black mobs, student unrest, violence in the streets. As Barbara D'Amato says, "It was not a good time to be going to trial for anything. It was an absolutely terrible time to be black and going on trial for murder." This stirring tale about a clearly innocent man (his alibi was unassailable) shows how a murder investigation can--by narrowing its focus on a "prime suspect"--go completely awry. A good third of the book is about the doctor's adventures as a fugitive in Africa, where he spends time with such notable figures as Eldridge Cleaver
and Idi Amin. The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery
won the Anthony and Agatha Awards for Best True Crime.
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1967 Donna Banion, wife of a wealthy black Chicago obstetrician/gynecologist, was murdered in their apartment. Mystery novelist D'Amato ( Hardball ) has done an outstanding job of re-creating the era and locale to explain what happened and why. John Banion was European-educated and spoke four languages; his wife was the daughter of one of the wealthiest African American families in the Windy City. His lifestyle was flamboyant, featuring a mistress, a boat, thoroughbred horses and auto racing. Although Dr. Banion was found guilty of his wife's murder, D'Amato argues convincingly that he was innocent. Banion fled to Africa, where he spent 12 years before he was returned to Illinois to serve his 20-to-30-year sentence. Appeals filed in state and federal courts failed as his health deteriorated, until he was finally given a pardon a few weeks before he died in prison in 1990. A well-told, horrifying story.
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