Reddition

Reddition

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by John Blenkush
     
 
"an excellent legal thriller" "well-written" "Readers will be guessing the outcome until the book's satisfying conclusion." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"Reddition is an intriguing tale of murder, family and political gain. It is a labyrinth of mysterious characters and unexpected plot twists that will take readers on a wild ride." ~ Independent Professional

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"an excellent legal thriller" "well-written" "Readers will be guessing the outcome until the book's satisfying conclusion." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"Reddition is an intriguing tale of murder, family and political gain. It is a labyrinth of mysterious characters and unexpected plot twists that will take readers on a wild ride." ~ Independent Professional Reveiwers

A novice lawyer's life unravels as he defends an executed San Quentin murderer and derails a politician's bid for the California governorship.

Young, naïve, inexperienced lawyer, secretive, mysterious client, and a conspiratorial Pandora's Box combine to make REDDITION an on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Lang Lawton, a junior partner in his uncle's fading law practice, is handed what is being called a slam-dunk murder case and given the directive to plea-bargain. But is his client, Rue Theodore Day, guilty? Why the unusual name? And why is Rue claiming to have been dead? As Lang probes and unravels the mystery, he is drawn ever deeper into a web of deceit and betrayal, dating back two decades. The more he digs, the more his world crumbles. Yet he continues to prod. To what end? A notorious Mexican billionaire pursues him. A candidate for governor has him locked in his sights. Who will win? Who will live? Who will die? Reddition keeps you guessing to the very end.

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Kirkus Reviews
In Blenkush's mystery, a young, inexperienced lawyer's seemingly slam-dunk murder case becomes anything but. Lang Lawton is a junior partner at his uncle's law firm, where cases have taken a backseat to his uncle's alcoholism. Adding to Lang's discomfort is his wife, who demands they leave their small town for something bigger and better. When a public defender drops what seems like an open-and-shut case into the firm's lap, Lang relishes the opportunity to put his law degree to work. A television news report hints at something that makes Lang doubt his client's guilt; the client, however, is a sphinxlike character who provides Lang with little help. As Lang continues his investigation, pressure mounts for his client to plead guilty. Lang's life is in jeopardy when the once-simple case unfurls, implicating a high-profile political race and a Mexican crime boss. Blenkush's well-written thriller successfully mines a well-worn mystery trope: "the more you know, the less you like it." Lang, a sympathetic character, maintains stubborn adherence to the attorney's code of providing a proper defense no matter the circumstances, which seems almost prehistoric in these days of plea bargains, pretrial deals and rushes to judgment. Blenkush keeps the storyline front and center, without meandering into any extraneous subplots that could sap energy from the main narrative. What works against the novel, though, is its exceptionally complex plot and large cast of characters. At times, readers may wish for a scorecard to keep characters and scenarios in order. Far too many cryptic conversations between characters occur, during which little is learned. Meanwhile, the plot hangs suspended in the background, straining to move forward but paused until the verbal jousting is complete. Nonetheless, readers will be guessing the outcome until the book's satisfying conclusion. Another round of editing would make this an excellent legal thriller.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781475113556
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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Reddition 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Reddition reads like a thriller, with more substance than you might expect from this genre. The novel has all the excitement, murders and occasional gunfights its readers anticipate. Still, there are some very interesting thematic undertones. At the heart of the story, is the question of how far a man, particularly a lawyer, will go to find the truth. To what extent should a sense of morality be chosen over ambition and personal safety?" Indiereader Reviews
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