A True Story of Injustice in the American South
President Lincoln freed the slaves but he couldn’t possibly anticipate how the justice system in the American South would work to continue to oppress them. In this book, the authors expose the institutionalized corruption within the state of Mississippi. They begin with two cases of wrongful incarceration and move into the history of the legal system within the state and the difficulties that have been encountered in trying to establish a medical examiner system. The book serves to expose two people in particular, Dr. Steven Hayne, who performs the majority of the autopsies for the state for over two decades, and Dr. Michael West, a country dentist. The both built careers for themselves in forensics, taking full advantage of the good-ol’-boy structure of the legal environment in the state.
I found this book both sad and compelling. It is always sad for me to be confronted by corruption in America. We call ourselves a Christian nation but too often there are very un-Christian things happening. I also found the tenacity and persistence of the victims of this system to be very compelling. The two wrongly convicted murderers, one of whom spent years on death row, did not give up and neither did their Project Innocence defense teams. In the process of working to free these two men they helped to expose the doctors whose actions had created the sole source of evidence against many wrongfully convicted defendants. I think this book serves as a good reminder that while our justice system may be good it is not always perfect and it is not free from the risk of corruption. If more people had this awareness perhaps improvement could be made at a more rapid pace. I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s written in a way that is appealing to a broad range of readers and the story moves at a really nice pace. This is a top-notch expose and I highly recommend it.
Alinefromabook’s rating: 5 stars!!
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This book was provided by NetGalley and Perseus Books in exchange for an honest review.
Book 1 in the MacNeice Mysteries series
MacNeice is a senior police detective in the city of Dundurn, a fictional city in Southern Ontario. While returning one evening from visiting his wife’s grave, he is called to a crime scene. A beautiful young woman who has just graduated from Conservatory, is found dead in a luxurious lake cottage. The crime scene is pristine and the girl has no identification with her. MacNeice and his team have their work cut out for them finding a suspect and a motive. When they find out the girl’s father is a former Romanian microbiologist and investigation turns international and gets really messy.
This is a great beginning to a new series. MacNeice is a top-notch detective with a definite soft-spot. The death of his wife has left him a bit of an emotional mess and I think the author did a really good job of portraying that aspect of him. He has a couple of great characters on his team, Aziz and Verestri, who all work together brilliantly and offset each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I found the storyline fascinating. The manner of death in particular got my attention because of its uniqueness, and I just couldn’t stop until I knew how this had come about and who was responsible. The international intrigue that is brought in through the Romanian connection really amped up the drama of the story. There are fistfights and gunfights and car chases for those who like thrills with their mysteries. I would definitely recommend this book for mystery and thrill lovers.
Alinefromabook’s rating: 4 stars!!
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Happy 1st of July! We are about to experience a heat wave here in the Upper Plains and I am not happy about it. Temperatures are expected to be in the 90’s for several days and my husband and I are going to be traveling for most of them. Sidenote: I’m not sure how much reading I will get done this next week because we will also be having family visiting. News update over; let’s look at the numbers:
TBR – I finished one book and I did not add any. The TBR ends the week at 275.
Goodreads Challenge – I am 3 books behind schedule! I really don’t know how I got myself into this situation.
NetGalley Score – 84%
John Connolly Challenge – I’m still listening to “The Unquiet” but I’m about 60% complete so, cross my fingers, maybe I’ll finish it this week.
Coming Up – So I’ve decided for the month of July to primarily read from my NetGalley list. Up next will be “Erasing Memory” by Scott Thornley, after that “Miss Seeton Flies High” by Hamilton Crane. That’s what it looks like folks. I will be on a vacation trip next weekend so I’m not sure if I’ll get a round-up posted but if not you will see me again the following Sunday. If you’re in the U.S., have a Happy 4th of July!