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Howard Franklin has seamlessly woven together a fictionalized account of his experiences as a public defender in the late 1960s and early 1970s in a racially volatile area of Los Angeles with a historically accurate account of the events which shaped this time for many Americans (and others around the world).
Mr. Franklin relates the injustices visited upon the members of racial minorities in the court system by the police, district attorneys, and even the judges. He describes the efforts of a small group of outmanned public defenders to create change in the court system. I will let you read the book to find out if they succeed.
Throughout the book, Mr. Franklin also expounds upon the upheaval taking place in the United States during that time. Racial inequality, the Vietnam War, and many other issues are discussed.
And, yes, neatly woven throughout is also a love story. Mr. Franklin touchingly describes the first love of his life and her battle against cancer. Again, I will leave it to the reader to uncover the outcome.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read as well as an educational reminder about the traumas that our country has endured (and continues to endure). I found it an especially timely read given the racial issues ongoing in our country today. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to explore this time in our country in more detail or to anyone just looking for an engrossing read.