“False Convictions” begins its demons early. Author Tim Green drops clues in the first page – and I missed them. Seemingly stereotypical, this novel is anything but. I had to wade through two chapters until I caught my rythym, and then I raced right along with Mr. Green’s torrential pace.
Dwayne Hubbard, a black man from a small racist town, is charged with murder and rape of a beautiful white teenager and is thrust into a life sentence in prison by a prejudiced DA, judge and the entire town’s sentiments.
Casey Jordan, an exceptional attorney who runs a small clinic for the disenfranchised in Texas, receives a call. The call is from Robert Graham, who runs the Freedom Projec, a huge philanthropic foundation. Graham wants Casey to close two cold cases a year. In return, he will donate one million dollars to her clinic. He presents her with her first case: Dwayne Hubbard. Graham flies her to Auburn, New York, the small town Hubbard grew up in and who incarcerated him. As Casey tries to gather evidence she finds that the town – and its major law enforcement officers – loses evidence, and generally makes it impossible to make a counter case for Hubbard. Casey plunges on, meeting Dwayne Hubbard in jail and having Graham help her to get the evidence that she needs to free Hubbard. Until she meets Jake, a journalist who has his own take on Graham and the Freedom Project.
As she and Jake dig deeper, they find themselves fighting not only to free Hubbard but to stay alive. The novel twists back and forth like a snake, pivoting around Graham, Jake, Casey and Hubbard.
When Hubbard is set free as an innocent man, “False Convictions” heats up line an inferno. Everything Casey believes turns back on her, and she and Jake enter a horrible nightmare of gangsters, subplots, Graham, Hubbard – and the horrific truth.
Tightly coiled, packed with plot dynamics that astound, this is a great murder mystery read that rushes head on until is smashes into a wall. Well done.
Ratings are based on a 5-star scale
Book Review by Broad “A” – Ava
False Convictions is available for pre-order from Amazon.com for $17.15
Thank you to the Hachette Book Group for providing this title for our book review as well as this giveaway. We were in no way paid or compensated for our opinions.
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