The Goldsboro Curveby William Campbell
He was different
Buck grew up in the hills of southern Ohio at the same time the automobile industry was adapting cars to large engines and big fins. A guy's car said a lot about him. Most guys had a fast car with loud exhaust and stylish paint. They kept those cars immaculate and tuned up for maximum performance. Buck was no exception when it came to his car.
He was different from other guys, though. He got a college education and became a manager in a local automobile-parts manufacturer. He never let bullies shove him around. Bullying was a normal part of growing up in the hills, and most guys tolerated it. But not Buck. He sometimes viciously resisted the bullies, and he was unforgiving. If they got hurt, they deserved it.
When he was accused of killing a former bully, he got minimal public support, even though he thought himself the victim. His lawyer warned him to take the situation seriously. He faced an aggressive prosecutor and a good but unpredictable judge.
Twists, turns, and sloppy police work jeopardized everything Buck held dear. He prayed truth would prevail.
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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.