At the insistence of an influential black state senator and a lack of evidence, Joan Cardwell, an elected prosecutor, amidst racial tensions, brings a murder charge against a white police officer for the death of a black burglary suspect. In return, the prosecutor is promised a judicial appointment. Shortly after that promise is fulfilled, the senator’s son is charged with murdering his girlfriend and the case is assigned to now Judge Cardwell. Jonathan Felbin, the police officer’s former attorney, is hired to represent the senator’s son and quickly suspects that the fix is in. When the trial ends, will Felbin’s suspicions about the judge be verified? Will the real killer be identified or will Felbin search for answers that will lead down a dangerous path filled with twists, turns and dead ends? In the end will the guilty be identified or will politics define the criminal justice system?
About the Author
In addition to his law practice, Pleban also provides legal commentary for radio and television outlets as legal issues of importance arise. He has been a guest lecturer at St. Louis University, Washington University, the University of Missouri as well as many of the local high schools, and regularly teaches Continuing Legal Education classes in Missouri and other states.
His first novel, Conviction of Innocence, was a fictionalized account of a St. Louis police officer he represented who was accused of murdering a burglary suspect. The book was a three-year project that he wrote while spending the winter months in Florida away from not only the St. Louis weather but also the demands of a busy law practice. While continuing to write during the Florida winters, Pleban divides his time during the summer months between his home in St. Louis where he continues with his active law practice and his summer home at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I once again enjoyed reading one of his books. I love hearing about places here in St. Louis. His writing makes me feel as if I'm sitting right there. There is so many innocent people out in this world and to read a book on how a lawyer fights for them is great. I'm sure that there is also many corrupt people also in our legal and politics like Hillary. Reading this book was an eye opener and enjoyed reading it. Can't wait for the next one. Sharon Wheeler