Best Intentions

Best Intentions

by Joseph T. Klempner
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Best Intentions by Joseph T. Klempner

It starts with some innocent family fun. Writer Stephen Barrow's divorced wife, involved in a second marriage, has given Barrow custody of their six-year-old daughter, Penny. Father and daughter share a relationship that is tender, poignant, and funny. Their home life in a small upstate New York town is a happy and entirely wholesome one.

One evening Penny, in her bath, playfully straightens her shampoo-stiffened hair into the horn of a "unicord," and her father takes her picture. When she "moons" him and says, "Take this one!" he clicks the shutter, although the roll of film was finished. Or so the mechanically challenged Barrow believed.

The next day, the local pharmacy clerk using the photo machine is shocked by the snapshot, decides Stephen is a child pornographer, and calls the police, who arrest him. That is only the first step in Stephen Barrow's descent into hell. A small-town police chief, a vengeful ex-wife, a fledgling psychologist, a district attorney facing re-election - all of these and more push Barrow deeper and deeper into the depths, until everything he has is taken from him, his freedom, his belongings, and most particularly his beloved daughter.

Best Intentions is a horror story. Not a horror story of monsters from the deep or roving homicidal psychopaths, but something much worse, something that batters at the readers' defenses. As anyone familiar with Klempner's previous books will know, he is a writer with the talent to bring his story home to his readers. As Best Intentions (based on an actual case) unfolds, its threat becomes more and more real. This could happen to anyone. It could happen to you.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157066864
Publisher: New Word City, Inc.
Publication date: 09/03/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 300,903
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Joseph T. Klempner is a mystery writer who learned about the seedy side of life as a former undercover agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (now the Drug Enforcement Agency) and later as a defense attorney fighting injustice in New York City criminal courtrooms. He is the author of Felony Murder, Flat Lake in Winter, and Fogbound.

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Best Intentions 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author makes it very real/believable how something like this could possibly happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book scared me! The thought of your child's innocent antics, being exploited by others in authority, to further their careers or create financial gain, is nauseating. Kids do crazy, and unapproiate things all the time. It was so easy to place ourself in Stephen's place. To imagine how something so typical, could be so misconstrued into the most horrible act that would destroy a loving family, seems crazy, yet here is an example of that. I had a hard time putting this book really makes you think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago