First I would like to thank Maria Into of TCK Publishing for inviting me to read and review this book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Playing by the rules landed him on death row. Now he’ll have to break all the rules to survive.
After spending five years in jail for a murder he didn’t commit, lawyer Thane Banning agrees to take on a case defending a former inmate against the same DA who put Thane behind bars.
Thane is besieged by death threats from the alleged victim’s father and a tidal wave of public outrage following his release, not to mention the corrupt DA who has a grudge to settle. But he doesn’t have much time to think about his personal problems because the case is turning into a nasty fight.
Luckily, prison taught Thane a thing or two about survival in a world full of criminals. The last time he played by the rules in court, he landed on death row. This time he’ll have to break more than a few rules to come out of this battle unscathed.
With help from an ex-inmate and an ambitious law student, Thane will do everything in his power to make sure another innocent man isn’t locked up. But will they be able to uncover the truth in time and convince the jury before the gavel drops for the last time?
Fans of An Innocent Client by Scott Pratt, The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos, Time of Justice by Robin James, and Hard Evidence by John Lescroart will love this book.
This is a little beauty if you enjoy legal thrillers. Thane Banning had served 5 years for a murder he didn’t commit but prison has changed him, he is not the man he used to be. The law firm where he used to work offers him his job back as a real estate lawyer and his wife shelves the new relationship she has to give their marriage ago.
You realise just what a tough time Thane has had in prison with how he reacts to situations on the outside. He has a quick temper, that he has trouble controlling. This puts more strain on the already rocky relationship he has with his wife.
Although he isn’t a criminal lawyer it isn’t long before he has a case that he wants to take on. A former prisoner is accused of murder and wants Thane to defend him. If he is found guilty he won’t get any more chances inside prison, he will face the death sentence. This will put Thane up against the DA who sent him to prison 5 years ago.
A third-year law student is eager to help with research and another ex-con and friend Gideon is to be his second in court. Inside the court is sizzling with tension. There are some humdinger battles, with Thane not always running to courtroom protocol.
Thane is at the same time trying to find who murdered the reporter that he had been set up to take the fall for. It is the only way that people will put their trust back into him a hundred percent. I certainly didn’t guess the outcome. Brilliant storyline.
The emotions run high with so many characters in this story. Hope there will be a second book with this dynamic trio in court again soon.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Cordell is a novelist, playwright and produced screenwriter. He has sold three screenplays to Hollywood, including Beeper, an action-thriller starring Harvey Keitel and Joey Lauren Adams. Michael currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has taught screenwriting for over fifteen years.
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