Precedent of Justiceby Patrick Raley
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The Constitutional guarantee of a trial by jury has created its share of controversy. Judges are forced to sit and watch as skilled attorneys cast spells of reasonable doubt over jurors in order to set free the most obviously guilty of defendants. Detective Charlie Peppers searches through scarce clues and a myriad of diverse suspects in a quest for the truth. Along the way he not only pieces together a case, but also a personal life. Follow the investigation from the end, back to the beginning, and then back to the end. As additional evidence gathers and the answers become clearer, justice becomes more diluted. With a system that gives devious criminals the benefit of the doubt, can there ever be a precedent of justice?
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Patrick Raley was born in Bossier City, Louisiana and raised in the nearby town of Haughton. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. After four years of working as an engineer, he decided to pursue a Master's Degree in Education. He is currently teaching mathematics at a local high school and college. He resides in north Louisiana with his wife and their two sons.
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Precedent of Justice begins with a court scene. The jury had reached a verdict. The crowd held their breath as they listened. The verdict shocked everyone present in the courtroom except the defendant. The judge dramatically left the courtroom ending a stellar career. Bobby Dizorno wickedly grinned. It was not over, yet. It was really just beginning. The LeFluers were brutally murdered. The killer stabbed the sleeping couple in the heart and mutilated their bodies. Detective Charlie Peppers was assigned to the case. He and reporter Nancy Raults unite to investigate the murders. As Charlie reports to the Chief, he notices something is not quite right. The Chief seemed to be under stress or pressure. Vital evidence came up missing. Then another murder is committed. Precedent of Justice by Patrick R. Raley is an excellent read. There are enough unexpected twists and turns in this mystery to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. This is a page-turner I could not put it down until I had read every word. Unfortunately, this book still needs some editing. Anthony and Mary¿s love is heartwarming and brought tears to my eyes. The slowly budding romance between Nancy and Charlie was delightful. This book has a surprise ending. Fans of mystery will not want to miss Precedent of Justice.
Raley's work, Precedent of Justice, takes you to a dark place that everyone fears to tread but so willing ventures. An emerging partnership within the story illuminates this dark place by turning suffering into human triumph. The story is filled with great detail. His characters have depth and a believability so intense that you feel like you may have met them in a past life. The struggle between good and evil, humanity, and suspense all weaving throughout the plot to create a classic murder mystery. Buy this book!
I consider myself an avid reader. In the process I've picked up many books and found the story lacking depth. Sometimes I wish the author would spend more time developing people instead of just plot twists. I think that's why I loved this book so much. I felt like I knew each character as I read and learned about them. Also the story kept me guessing. The ending definitely blew me away. I thought I knew for sure how the story would end. It's scary to think that minor technicalities can set guilty people free, but I know it does happen. Now I understand just how easily criminals can abuse our justice system. The story grabbed my attention from the very beginning. I found myself asking a thousand questions after just the first three pages. As I read and found the answers, many more questions replaced them. Definitely a quick page-turner. I hope they make a movie out of this one. It would be a blockbuster. For anyone looking for something that breaks the mold of the regular old mystery/thriller, this is the book for you. Just don't take my word for it though, get it youself and see. I can't wait for the next one.
If you had any small interest in suspense or mysteries then prepare to have a quench that will have you wanting more. This well scripted novel amazed me with how well the author made all the characters easy to relate with, and easy to visualize. Being a major reader of mysteries and novels I tend to be some what strict, but I only have one complaint that the book does not yet have a sequel. Last I wish that all who read this wonderful novel leave their reviews.
Why do so many authors write stories and characters that are unrealistic and improbable? I was glad to finally find a story that followed a real person. Detective Charlie Peppers is a guy who I would like to hang out with. Simply put, he is human. Throughout the novel he stumbles his way through a budding relationship while trying to solve a hideous crime. It seems like so many writers want readers to follow an extraordinary superhero as they solve the impossible murder that only they can track. Sure, the murder in this story is a challenge but Charlie is simply an ordinary person like the rest of us. Nothing magically comes together but he works hard to solve the case. The best part of the book came at the end. I love it when a story wraps up and everything works out however, I definitely didn't see what was coming. Personally, I think everyone got what they deserved, but not in the normal way. (I don't want to give away the ending, it really makes you think.) If you are looking for a novel without all the unnecessary wording and unbelievable story lines, this is the one for you. The author keeps the story moving and I felt that I was right alongside Charlie Peppers the whole way. The most unexpected element was that I found myself laughing throughout the book too. I couldn't put it down. Raley is definitely a new author worth reading. I can't wait to see what happens next.