Friday, March 5, 2010
Book Review of Tim Green's False Convictions
Casey hoped to have an open-and-shut case, a sure success for her first effort with the Freedom Project, the renowned charity group dedicated to helping free wrongfully convicted prisoners. The Freedom Project not only gave Casey the chance to help innocent people, but its founder, Robert Graham, offered Casey a one-million-dollar annual pledge to her legal clinic for taking on just two cases a year.
Her first assignment is to revive the case of Dwayne Hubbard, an indigent black man serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of a college student twenty years ago. Using DNA evidence, Casey expects to prove Hubbard's innocent easily. However, when she arrives in rural Auburn, NY, she meets immediate and aggressive resistance.
Death threats and assassination attempts torment Casey as her investigation reveals a prosecution rife with lies. From the judge, the lawyers, the jury, to the police, Casey hunts a complex trail of corruption around the destruction of one young man. But in all the chaos, Casey's hardest challenge may be just staying alive.
False Convictions is a legal thriller, full of suspense and plot twists. Casey Jordan is a seasoned lawyer who has survived the scandal of having been duped by a former client. She'd once represented a serial killer, helped win his freedom, and then discovered he wasn't just guilty but that he was prepared to kill again. She was able to rectify the mistake and found herself the star of a movie on Lifetime. She rehabilitated her career and heads a nonprofit law clinic in Texas.
When Robert Graham, a billionaire and the head of the Freedom Project, offers her $1 million for her nonprofit in exchange for handling the appeal of a black man accused of raping and murdering a young college student in Upstate New York. Casey agrees to take Dwaynne Hubbard's appeal and flies with Robert Graham and discovers that the town of Auburn, New York is still very much a small town. Through the assistance of Marty, a local lawyer, Casey is able to wade through much of the social and political hurdles - and focus on solving the mystery behind the twenty-year-old murder.
Casey, Robert, and Marty, and a TV reporter named Jake work together, digging through the deception and searching for the true killer while facing pressure from the town's leaders. As one cover up leads to another, Casey wonders whether she has finally discovered the truth.
Tim Green's False Convictions is a fast-paced legal thriller, full of twists and interesting characters.
ISBN-10: 0446401528 - Hardcover $25.99
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (February 10, 2010), 304 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
Thank you so much to Miriam and Hatchette Book Group for this review opportunity!