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Posted August 16, 2014
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Goldsboro Curve is a legal thriller written by William Campbell. Buck lives in the hill country of Southern Ohio. It’s where he grew up and was a young teen in 1955. In the summer, the kids would be doing their chores in the early evening; for Buck that was yard-work, but they were all constantly alert for the sounds of brakes screeching and a crash as the Goldsboro Curve was a treacherous part of the road. Years later, Buck is an established, church-going family man with an education, a wife and children. He’s got a middle management job at a company that makes parts for Ford and other automotive clients. Buck has been indicted and charged in connection with the traffic death of a known bully. The rationale behind the charge appears to be Buck’s predilection for giving bullies a taste of their own medicine.
William Campbell’s legal thriller, The Goldsboro Curve, is an intriguing and original tale set in the Appalachian hills of Southern Ohio. The author brings the era and the mores and customs of that area to life as Buck navigates the intricacies of the legal system and tries to maintain his job and family life at the same time. I loved the historical aspect of The Goldsboro Curve, particularly pertaining to the hot rod conversions and super-charged engines that were not paired with the appropriate suspensions, braking systems, etc. The legal aspects of this book were also frighteningly realistic as Buck is indicted again almost immediately after the first case against him is dismissed by the judge. There’s also a fascinating look at how a defense attorney uses private investigators to assist him in all aspects of pre-trial work, including jury selection. I enjoyed reading The Goldsboro Curve and highly recommend it.