Imagine you're in your late twenties. School is behind you. You have money, a beautiful wife, lots of friends. Everything you ever wanted is at your fingertips.
And then suddenly, it's all taken from you.
Shep Harrington was a young, prosperous and happy lawyer, his bright future shining on the horizon like a beacon. But things that shine are not always what they seem. Contentment can be intoxicating, dulling the senses to the signs of change.
He and wife Anna were living their dream—together. And then they weren't.
Shep was convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison. Anna, believing him guilty, divorced him. Both were victims of a system created and operated by an older generation who valued power and money over fairness.
Out of prison, Shep must again contend with people who see truth in practical terms as he probes the death of a man whom he loved and who loved him. A classic murder mystery, Lonesome Song explores the challenges of surviving injustice and of doing the right thing.
About the Author
I am a retired patent attorney living in Florida with my wife, Sonya, and our ever mysterious feline, Tsuki. I spent most of my life in the Washington, D.C. area. I grew up in McLean, Virginia before the beltway was constructed. Some of my classmates in grade school lived on nearby farms. McLean had a small town feel to it. Gossip spread without the Internet. Party lines were common. Secrets were hard to keep.
When I was in my early thirties, my life pivoted when I was accused of a crime I didn't commit. My defense counsel and I discussed plans for my likely indictment and possible imprisonment. I could expect to be handcuffed and paraded in front of the media. This experience with the so-called justice system ended after a two year ordeal without an indictment and without going to trial. Even so, it could have ended differently.
Sadly, I will never fully believe that prosecutors, investigators, or the government are as interested in the truth as they are in getting a conviction, an attitude that I share with the semi-fictional Shep Harrington.