22 years ago Quincy Miller was sentenced to life without parole. He was accused of killing Keith Russo, a lawyer in a small Florida town. But there were no reliable witnesses and little motive. Just the fact that Russo had botched Quincy's divorce case, that Quincy was black in a largely all-white town and that a blood-splattered torch was found in the boot of Quincy's car. A torch he swore was planted. A torch that was conveniently destroyed in a fire just before his trial. The lack of evidence made no difference to judge or jury. In the eyes of the law Quincy was guilty and, no matter how often he protested his innocence, his punishment was life in prison.
Finally, after 22 years, comes Quincy's one and only chance of freedom. An innocence lawyer and minister, Cullen Post, takes on his case. Post has exonerated eight men in the last ten years. He intends to make Quincy the next.
But there were powerful and ruthless people behind Russo's murder. They prefer that an innocent man dies in jail rather than one of them. There's one way to guarantee that. They killed one lawyer 22 years ago, and they'll kill another without a second thought.
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Thu, 7 Nov 2019 | Review by: Breakaway R
Innocent on death row.
Cullen Post is a lawyer and also an ordained minister. He works for an organisation called Guardian Ministries. They are a very small organisation with little money and yet have managed to prove several times that people are on death row because of a miscarriage of justice.
The story starts with Cullen Post visiting a prisoner and his last-minute stay of execution. Cullen Post knows who the real murderer is and now he and the team he works with, Vicki Gourley, the founder of Guardian Ministries, Mazy Ruffin is the director of litigation and Frankie (Francois Tatum) their freelance worker, have a bit of time to find the crucial evidence omitted by the prosecutors which will prove the man’s innocence.
Frankie is one of their “success stories. Frankie was on death row and not only released but compensated by the State once it was proved that he was innocent. He now helps Cullen with all the background work, which can often involve looking into clients’ prior history, family and friends. This work can be fraught with danger if the people they interview are in fact, the guilty parties.
I found the storyline fascinating. The action takes place mainly in Alabama and Savannah and reading about the prisons and how organisations like Guardian Ministries help innocent people was very interesting but at the same time, very disturbing.
John Grisham has an easy style of writing. His characters are well developed and there is just enough tension to make you keep turning the pages.
Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.
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