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The Chamber Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1995
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Bottom line, if your easily offended and prefer your books politically correct, John Grisham already is not your favorite author. However, if you prefer your characters to seem real, you will enjoy this book.
The book made me angry along with other emotions. Extremely well written and documented, it must have taken a 100 years of research. But... I was looking for a final round up of persecution of the guilty, new reforms and procedures that have been put in-place to, at the very least, put roadblocks on manipulations, contrivance, hiding of evidence and such like
It alert me that Justice is game, it's a very fragile game with a set of rule that's so complex and bias to the state by their almost absolute power during any criminal investigation. When a defence can only find the truth by objecting the result of an investigation with a purposeful incrimination on a person, I feel innocence until proven guilty in court is more like an notion than a practical principle.
Police are so dangerous if they are only equipped with the resource and force, but not a straight value of their works. Sadly, with Ron, Dennis, Tom and etc, seem it's somehow more than a knowledge for people live in the less civilised part of the world, but it does happens all over the world even in our modern age...