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The Council for Islamic Religious Respect (CIRR) has filed suit against a newspaper reporter for defaming Islam and linking the group to terrorism. CIRR has seemingly unlimited funds and a attorney who lies to the judge. But the reporter, Tracey, has Brendan O’Brian, America’s most politically incorrect defence attorney, at her side.
What unfolds is a tense, and often amusing, duel of wits both in and out of the courtroom. And when a seemingly unrelated personal injury case, O’Brian is handling for a long-time client, turns out to be anything but ordinary, events take a surprising turn.
Though set in the winter of 1992-93, this sequel to Slow Death in the Fast Lane, explores issues making headlines today, including: Muslim immigration to the West, the true nature of Islam, and the role culture, region and politics play in maintaining a peaceful society.
Kerwin as author, has a fine knowledge of courtroom drama, mystery and his writing entertains when his free writing style, crosses the comical edge. His dialogue is easily read and clear, pushing readers forward to share in his knowledge and wit.
Characters —heroes, villains are realistically portrayed with personal anger, pain, fears and large helpings personality... each scene logically defined illustrating how prejudice in life, spills over in disputes and lawsuits.
Be ready for an interesting discovery of justice, where story lines are told that are fresh from the headlines today. Corruption drive the pursued for honesty and truth.
This is book follows the author’s first novel: Slow Death in the Fast Lane published in 2014. Kerwin displays his life's passion in the courtroom where he unfolds his characters, and if you have not read book one, the second novel can stand alone A well-crafted story with an authentic New Jersey tone. The book is a fast-moving narrative with well-defined characters, where the reader can visualize some as the actual figures, they may have been drawn from.
The book touches on the reality of the judicial system in America and interwoven into some of the factual descriptions, are reworked matters for entertainment purposes, and to create an interesting interaction between players.
The Muslim Brotherhood is a very real organization. Its goal is to see Islam spread throughout the world, replacing other religions and political systems. The memo from the Brotherhood referred to in the story is based on an actual memo that was introduced into evidence in federal court in Texas. In fact, the passage read aloud by the witness at the end of chapter 47, is taken almost verbatim from that memo. The author has also consulted sources in his research which are considered authorities by Muslims on Islam.
The cases which the author uses depict -
• Investigations, court procedures, prosecution.
• Uncovering of evidence and witnessing in amusing ways.
• Surroundings leading to bribery, manipulation of truth.
Tracey, a reporter pursued the mosque story. “There’s no way the fairgrounds property got magically rezoned without some sort of backroom shenanigans, and people have a right to know what happened.”
We hear of:-
• Institutions where crime is committed and secrets hidden, falsified documents,
and fraud exist.
• Relationships where emotions are displayed when liars, thieves, murderers,
violence in pursued of goals, are encountered.
• How money and power- driven individuals contaminate real life happenings.
Clean-up and repair of the World Trade Center began even before Scott and Avery had been laid to rest. It was a five hundred million dollar undertaking, involving the removal of 6,000 tons of debris. A few weeks after the Trade Center re-opened, a task force from the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section arrived in Troy Forge. Commonly referred to as PIN (rather than PIS for obvious reasons), the Section was created in 1976 in the wake of the Watergate scandal to prosecute criminal abuses of the public trust by elected and appointed government officials. What the PIN task force uncovered astounded even the most cynical of the town’s citizenry. Bob Proctor, or whatever his real name was, had embezzled over three million dollars from the Town of Troy Forge with the help of a small army of town employees. The building inspector, the chief of police, the fire marshal, and eleven members of the police department were charged with a laundry list of crimes. A PIN spokesman vowed that the Department of Justice will prosecute Bob Proctor for the murders of Machias Phelps and Cecilia Marcus … if they ever find him.
All the cases and court rules mentioned are real, including NY Times v. Sullivan, the leading case on the law of libel involving public figures. However, the application of laws and rules in the story may not necessarily reflect how they would be applied in real life.
The research sources O’Brian, our protagonist consulted through the author, are considered authoritative by Muslims (in real life). We encounter life positions where beliefs and prejudice lead to false accusations with consequences.
“It’s what Dr Stern (not real name) calls lawfare ; it is using the law to wage war. CIRR is notorious for using it to silence critics.”
Definitely worth reading if you wish to know more about the real Islam, amongst others.
4 December 2016
Along comes indie writer J. W. Kerwin to provide compelling evidence to the contrary.
Gentle Reader, it isn’t often that I happen upon an indie with both sound storytelling skills and worthy stories to tell. According to the late, great Theodore Sturgeon, “90% of everything is crud.” (Alternately, from the late, just as great R. A. Lafferty, “The lowest common denominator of the universe is both low and common.”) Old Ted passed away before indie fiction came along, so unless he’s been tracking developments from heaven, he’s probably unaware of just how “under” an understatement that 90% can be.
That makes it a joyous occasion to happen upon exceptions to the torrent of trash. Kerwin’s books are such exceptions.
Litigator and courtroom lawyer Brendan O’Brian isn’t an “action hero.” He works with his legal skills and reasoning ability. His New Jersey law practice, with emphasis on his defense-attorney work, puts him under the crosshairs of some very nasty characters. The two O’Brian novels Kerwin has issued to date, _ Slow Death In The Fast Lane _ and _ A Stranger In My Own Hometown,_ depict him in conflict with the IRS, the political master of the town of Troy Forge where his practice is situated, and worldwide Islamic militancy. As you’d expect from a hero protagonist, he triumphs...but as you’d expect from a good storyteller, Kerwin doesn’t make it easy for him.
O’Brian pays significant prices for his victories. Along the way he experiences travails of kinds that many of us will appreciate: professional, legal, romantic, and personal. Kerwin tells us about them in impeccable first-person prose. Now and then his sense of legal propriety stretches a bit, but always in support of his clients and his appreciation of justice.
Kerwin’s Supporting Casts abound with colorful characters: O’Brian’s partners, including the surprising and important Rick Santorini, his wife Aimee, his eventual girlfriend Stacey, perpetual client Eddie the Skunk, and a selection of other clients, lawyers, judges, and toughs of note. Those colorful characters are all well colored in. They aren’t just there because the story needs them; they give it extra richness and dimension.
Oregon Muse, proprietor of the Book Threads at Ace of Spades HQ, recommended these books. Having read the two novels back to back – each in a single sitting, at that – I’m pleased to add my enthusiastic concurrence: _Highly recommended._