From a lawyer who got his real-life client off death row comes a thriller about an attorney who did not.
“Riveting . . . a stirring story” (Kirkus Reviews) of a tortured man’s quest to right the scales of justice—by assassinating KKK murderers.
After witnessing his client’s death in the gas chamber, attorney Gideon Roth is shattered. His career, marriage and life collapse as he is overcome with guilt and despair. But soon he finds new purpose in life: he will drive to Mississippi to revisit the scenes of his youth—and to slay the Klavern members who got away with murdering civil rights workers 30 years earlier.
This thriller recounts the confrontations that beset Gideon along his journey for vigilante justice, and the challenge a Mississippi police chief faces as he seeks to intercept a would-be assassin without knowing his name, age, race, appearance or even the sound of his voice.
“A heart-pounding, soul-wrenching narrative, in which the evils of a bygone era remain invisibly amongst us—shadows of past suffering, fostering the cruelest tragedies of today.”
– Federal judge and civil rights pioneer Thelton Henderson
John Grisham meets Richard Wright: During the road trip to Mississippi, flashbacks unfold the personal histories that set Gideon on his path of vengeance:
- Gideon’s days as a young civil rights worker, and his journey from idealistic youth to cynical Silicon Valley lawyer
- The killer’s family saga, a tale of racial oppression and resistance, and the horrors of a childhood that turned an innocent child into a brutal killer
- The doomed struggle to overcome a legal system skewed toward death, and Gideon’s fraught relationship with his condemned African American client.
“A powerful book! Mississippi Reckoning takes you on a trip that will leave you reeling—and thinking.”
– Mike Farrell, star of M*A*S*H