Friday, January 16, 2009

Bronx Justice

Bronx Justice by Joseph Teller ~~

Is it the late 1970's and criminal defense attorney Harrison J. Walker, better known as Jaywalker for his rebellious tactics, is struggling to build his own practice when he receives a call from a desperate mother. Her son, Darren Kingston, has been arrested for raping five white women in Castle Hill, an area of the Bronx long forgotten by the city.

A young, good looking black man, Darren is positively identified by four of the victims as the fifth prepares to do the same. Everyone - from the prosecution to the community at large - sees this as an open-and-shut case with solid eyewitness testimony. Everyone, that is, except for Jaywalker.

The young attorney looks deep into the crimes, studying both the characters involved and the character of our society. What he finds will haunt him for the rest of his career. (From the back cover)

When Jaywalker finds himself woken in the middle of the night by a wrong number, it brings him back to a case early on in his career that started the same way, by a midnight call. Except this past case was the one that changed his life forever. A young man is accused of brutally raping five women. Jaywalker wavers for a while on his belief in his clients innocence, finally realizing that he is in fact innocent. The struggle now begins to prove just that. But how do you do that with five eyewitnesses? And what about the inconsistencies between the eyewitnesses and Darren?? The author does an amazing job of changing what you think is going to happen. One minute you think he'll be convicted ~ the next you think he'll get off. An amazing story of how the justice system can go horribly wrong and one mans determination to set things right. The authors note at the end left me stunned! A book you do NOT want to miss.


Literary Feline said...

This sounds good! I liked The Tenth Case by the same author. Is this a prequel?

Lori's Reading Corner said...

I really liked The Tenth Case. I guess you could call it a prequel. It starts with him waking in the middle of the night by a wrong number which brings him back to a case that changed his life forever - by a phone call he got in the middle of the night.

Stephanie said...

I haven't read anything by the author, but it sounds really good.

You have a great blog!!

Teddy Rose said...

Lori, thanks for the review. I added the link to the ARC Challenge post.

Anonymous said...

You read "The Tenth Case" right? Compared to his first, is this one better?