The Innocent Hour: A Mystery Novel

The Innocent Hour: A Mystery Novel

by Nancy Hughes
The Innocent Hour: A Mystery Novel

The Innocent Hour: A Mystery Novel

by Nancy Hughes
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Vietnam veteran Charlie Alderfer hires Ben, an 18-year-old hard-working student, whom teachers, coaches, classmates, and their parents adore. But when his adop-tive parents accuse him of a crime he didn't commit and police terrorize him into pleading guilty to something, Ben believes them and confesses to make the charges go away.
Outraged, Charlie takes Ben to a polygraph expert who confirms his innocence, but his accusers refuse to back down. Charlie hires a lawyer who withdraws the guilty plea, but Ben's only defense is his word against a little girl's.
Incensed by the impending miscarriage of justice, Charlie risks his own life to uncover the truth. Everyone lies—except Ben. Charlie's digging exposes them both to an ongoing criminal enterprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644372081
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 12/19/2019
Pages: 310
Sales rank: 730,706
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nancy A. Hughes, a native of Key West who grew up in Pittsburgh, lives with her husband in south central Pennsylvania. Following graduation from Penn State where she studied journalism, she spent years as a business writer, specializing in media, community, and public relations for small to midsize businesses.
In recent years, Nancy turned her attention to murdering people—on paper, that is. Her focus is character-driven crime-solving mysteries, her subgenre being amateur sleuth. Her debut mystery novel, The Dying Hour, was released in 2016 by Black Opal Books. A Matter of Trust, the first in her Trust trilogy, followed in 2017, Redeeming Trust, also in 2017, and Vanished in 2018.
When she isn’t writing, she is devoted to shade gardening, volunteering at the VA, and spending time with family and friends. Visit her on her website at
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