6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Refreshing and gripping,
This review is from: The Homicide Chronicle: Defending the Citizen Accused (Kindle Edition)
If you are looking for a literary work that titillates, this book is not that. There are no long and involved descriptions of scenery, atmosphere, etc. There is no high drama in the life of the protagonist. His wife is not threatening to leave him, he has no drinking problems, he's not wounded by life and trying to prove something or regain his standing after a big fall; in short, nothing to distract from the case itself. I found that to be the best thing about this book: the case was the focus. I had actually stopped reading crime and trial books because those types of dramas were just so tedious and formulaic.
Here we have a refreshing, decent human being with ethics and honest, down-home values, doing his job well, and getting on with a really interesting case, describing it from the insider view of the legal system. You realize, somewhere along the way, the the American legal system really isn't about the truth, but about perception.
The practical, lawyerly presentation is gripping and the author is best when describing what is going on in the courtroom. You get the feeling that he had some trial transcripts to work from and that you are actually there. And, as I said, thankfully, there are no outside, contrived dramas to distract from that. Highly recommended, even for folks who are crime and courtroom fiction (or non-fiction) aficionados.