The best-selling author of The Last Juror, The Runaway Jury, A Time to Kill, and other tales of legal suspense presents his first work of nonfiction, in a compelling legal thriller. (Biography & Autobiography)
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America's Best Crime Writer Barry Bowe delivers another hard-boiled crime saga inspired by a true story from his roots in Delaware County, PA. The innocent man is arrested by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and charged with being a child-predator. The arrest garners so much publicity that law enforcement determines to leverage a conviction even after a search of his residence fails to find a computer. And even after they determine they arrested the wrong man.Believing he's guilty, his family abandons him, his employer fires him, and his community shuns him.Prior to arranging bail, Stanley Zaleski finds himself in the same cell with Rex Wildman, a charismatic man who also happens to be a criminal psychopath without a conscience. This meeting leads to four-way alignment that also includes Beauty Honeycutt, a battered topless dancer with a body that won't quit, and Cruzan ventriloquist Whitey Oldenburg who can't make his dummy speak without moving his lips.Unbeknownst to the innocent man, that trio is planning to rob the Turf Club on Breeders' Cup Day. Which leads to a finish every bit as wild as Pulp Fiction. And, of course, there's a love story in the midst of everything.
One of the Best Books of 2017: National Public Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, Library Journal, Shelf Awareness "Remarkable . . . Captivating . . . Rachlin is a skilled storyteller." --New York Times Book Review "A gripping legal-thriller mystery . . . Profoundly elevates good-cause advocacy to greater heights--to where innocent lives are saved." --USA Today "A crisply written page turner." --NPR A gripping account of one man's long road to freedom that will forever change how we understand our criminal justice system During the last three decades, more than two thousand American citizens have been wrongfully convicted. Ghost of the Innocent Man brings us one of the most dramatic of those cases and provides the clearest picture yet of the national scourge of wrongful conviction and of the opportunity for meaningful reform. When the final gavel clapped in a rural southern courtroom in the summer of 1988, Willie J. Grimes, a gentle spirit with no record of violence, was shocked and devastated to be convicted of first-degree rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. Here is the story of this everyman and his extraordinary quarter-century-long journey to freedom, told in breathtaking and sympathetic detail, from the botched evidence and suspect testimony that led to his incarceration to the tireless efforts to prove his innocence and the identity of the true perpetrator. These were spearheaded by his relentless champion, Christine Mumma, a cofounder of North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission. That commission--unprecedented at its inception in 2006--remains a model organization unlike any other in the country, and one now responsible for a growing number of exonerations. With meticulous, prismatic research and pulse-quickening prose, Benjamin Rachlin presents one man's tragedy and triumph. The jarring and unsettling truth is that the story of Willie J. Grimes, for all its outrage, dignity, and grace, is not a unique travesty. But through the harrowing and suspensefu
“Every person wrongfully convicted of a crime at some point dreams of getting revenge against the system. In Confessions of an Innocent Man, the dream comes true and in a spectacular way.”—John Grisham, New York Times bestselling author of The Reckoning A thrillingly suspenseful debut novel and a fierce howl of rage that questions the true meaning of justice. Rafael Zhettah relishes the simplicity and freedom of his life. He is the owner and head chef of a promising Houston restaurant, a pilot with open access to the boundless Texas horizon, and a bachelor, content with having few personal or material attachments that ground him. Then, lightning strikes. When he finds Tieresse—billionaire, philanthropist, sophisticate, bombshell—sitting at one of his tables, he also finds his soul mate and his life starts again. And just as fast, when she is brutally murdered in their home, when he is convicted of the crime, when he is sentenced to die, it is all ripped away. But for Rafael Zhettah, death row is not the end. It is only the beginning. Now, with his recaptured freedom, he will stop at nothing to deliver justice to those who stole everything from him. This is a heart-stoppingly suspenseful, devastating, page-turning debut novel. A thriller with a relentless grip that wants you to read it in one sitting. David R. Dow has dedicated his life to the fight against capital punishment—to righting the horrific injustices of the death penalty regime in Texas. He delivers the perfect modern parable for exploring our complex, uneasy relationships with punishment and reparation in a terribly unjust world.
Over 200 million Americans disbelieve the Warren Commission Report's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone, demented gunman. T. Mack Durham's suspense thriller reveals the identities of those with a motive to kill JFK. Based upon historically factual evidence.
WINNER OF THE CHRISTOPHER BOOK AWARD • “A must-read for anyone who longs for the day when the dividing lines of race, class, and bigotry are finally overcome by the greater forces of love, forgiveness, and brotherhood.”—Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Racial tensions had long simmered in Benton Harbor, a small city on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, before the day a white narcotics officer—more focused on arrests than justice—set his sights on an innocent black man. But when officer Andrew Collins framed Jameel McGee for possession of crack cocaine, the surprising result was not a race riot but a transformative journey for both men. Falsely convicted, McGee spent three years in federal prison. Collins also went to prison a few years later for falsifying police reports. While behind bars, the faith of both men deepened. But the story took its most unexpected turn once they were released—when their lives collided again in a moment brimming with mistrust and anger. The two were on a collision course—not to violence—but forgiveness. As current as today’s headlines, this explosive true story reveals how these radically conflicted men chose to let go of fear and a thirst for revenge to pursue reconciliation for themselves, their community, and our racially divided nation.
When Jake completes his engineering project in a diamond-laden country, he finds smuggled diamonds among his luggage in his hotel room in London. Knowing it is the work of a smuggling cartel whose efforts have gone awry, he ponders how they have come into his possession. Instead of turning the contraband over to the authorities, he chooses to keep the diamonds and use their value to build a hospital in the country they came from. To accomplish this he must stay one-step ahead of the violent smugglers and enlist others to help. Two beautiful women come into his life, a barrister, who is a devout Anglican, the other, a prodigal like himself. One shows him the legal consequences of keeping the contraband, the other markets the diamonds making millions for the hospital project. Both women have interest in him for different reasons, and Jake uses their interest to promote his noble efforts in keeping the diamonds for the greater good, but will their loyalty outweigh his legal jeopardy?
500 years in the future, technology has changed. Humanity has not. One man's fate lies in the hands of a team of corrupt prosecutors bent on making their prosecutorial mark for personal gain. Standing in the path of injustice is Inspector Thomas Sullivan and an acquaintance from the past.Murder, political corruption, greed, and scandal combine for danger in Capital City on the frozen world of Beta Prime. At stake is a man's life, the very souls of others, and the integrity of the entire Planetary Alliance's justice system.Join Sully and his team as they try to exonerate An Innocent Man!
A former prisoner at Guantanamo describes how he was arrested during a visit to Pakistan, sold to U.S. forces, and imprisoned, and how he endured years of torture, interrogation, and solitary confinement before being released.
An Innocent Man’s Revenge Sentenced to fifteen years for a crime that he didn’t commit, betrayed and abandoned by everyone he loved, Dwayne Johnson was released seven years later when his innocence was discovered. He was falsely accused by the alleged victims, set up by friends, and maliciously prosecuted by those entrusted to uphold the law. He lost everything. Fueled with hate and fury after losing his son to this injustice, Dwayne seeks revenge on all involved in ruining his life. He embarks on a murderous rampage, forced to kill the wife of one of his unexpectant victims, unaware that she was the daughter of a crooked ex-detective. This is the same detective, Richards, who was forced into early retirement for shooting the man that allegedly killed his wife. Back in active duty, Richards has new plans for himself ... vengeance! He vigorously hunts Dwayne. Even with bodies turning up and linking to each other, Dwayne manages to evade authorities, staying two steps ahead of them at all times. That is until an unexpected, but deeply wanted love, leaves Dwayne confused, lost, and trapped as these two strangers’ worlds are merged into one similar reality! With a trial scene to die for, this book does more than just hold readers. It involves them emotionally, making it impossible to put down.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1953: an impoverished Cherokee named Buster Youngwolfe confesses to brutally raping and murdering his eleven-year-old female relative. When Youngwolfe recants his confession, saying he was forced to confess by the authorities, his city condemns him, except for one man—public defender and Creek Indian Elliott Howe. Recognizing in Youngwolfe the life that could have been his if not for a few lucky breaks, Howe risks his career to defend Youngwolfe against the powerful county attorney’s office. Forgotten today, the sensational story of the murder, investigation, and trial made headlines nationwide. Oklahoma’s Atticus is a tale of two cities—oil-rich downtown Tulsa and the dirt-poor slums of north Tulsa; of two newspapers—each taking different sides in the trial; and of two men both born poor Native Americans, but whose lives took drastically different paths. Hunter Howe Cates explores his grandfather’s story, both a true-crime murder mystery and a legal thriller. Oklahoma’s Atticus is full of colorful characters, from the seventy-two-year-old mystic who correctly predicted where the body was buried, to the Kansas City police sergeant who founded one of America’s most advanced forensics labs and pioneered the use of lie detector evidence, to the ambitious assistant county attorney who would rise to become the future governor of Oklahoma. At the same time, it is a story that explores issues that still divide our nation: police brutality and corruption; the effects of poverty, inequality, and racism in criminal justice; the power of the media to drive and shape public opinion; and the primacy of the presumption of innocence. Oklahoma’s Atticus is an inspiring true underdog story of unity, courage, and justice that invites readers to confront their own preconceived notions of guilt and innocence.
Two hundred twelve years is a long time. In the past 212 years, the automobile and the Internet were invented, two world wars were fought, and America separated and reunited once again. Two hundred twelve years was the sentence Dr. Ray Spencer was looking at when he entered prison. This would be a significant burden for anyone, but for Spencer, it was unbearable. He had received this sentence for a crime he did not commit. He would be locked up until the end of his life for absolutely no just reason. Worse still, Spencer was a law-enforcement officer. He would immediately be targeted by other prisoners for his perceived ties to the system that was punishing them all. Rather than ask to be placed in protective custody, Spencer chose to remain with the general population. For the next twenty years, he hid his law-enforcement identity from the other inmates. Spending every day fearing for his life, Spencer recalls in Memoirs of an Innocent Man the many near misses, outrages, and surprises of daily prison life. Can he get away with the deception forever? Find out in this shocking memoir with an absolutely unforgettable ending.
- Author : John Lilburne
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1649
- Genre : Detention of persons
- Pages : 1
- ISBN : OCLC:1044303577
A small plane crashes violently in the most isolated part of the vast Everglades. The lone survivor is in a bloody heap next to the dead pilot. An EMT and chopper pilot/cop are on their way.Not to rescue him.To kill him. Four and half million in cash can make murderers out of honest men. All they have to do is find the suitcase full of money and leave him there to die. What they don't know is that this poor guy was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He has no idea where the money is. But he does hear their plan.Knowing for certain his life will come to a horrifying end, he manages a surprise move and is able to make an agonizing escape into the jungle. It's a chance he has to take, even if it means facing death from alligators or poisonous snakes, starvation, dehydration, exhaustion or disease. But the chase is just beginning. Naples, Florida Police Officer: "I've imagined getting my hands on big money for a long time¿"Chicago Detective, Tony DiSantis: "If we don't get him, the rednecks will."Miami Detective, Craig Mulhulland: "DiSantis should do what he does best. Stay in Chicago."Glades Redneck: "Lock & load."Beautiful young Indian girl: "The tribe wants you to stay."Beautiful blonde who dropped her bath towel: "You're an animal."Chicago crime boss, Joey Esposito: "The old man wants his money. Cabish?"Central American mercenary: "Burn him!"
From a nine-by-eleven cell in a maximum-security prison, Byron Case, a one-time child prodigy wrongfully convicted of murder at age twenty-three, began blogging. Composed on an electronic typewriter, his dispatches take many forms-richly textured in-the-moment vignettes, poems, gleefully recollected anecdotes, satirical commentaries on the penal system, and more. But in whatever shape Case writes, his steady voice comes through, clearly and distinctively. Evocative even at its most reserved, poetic even at its most prosaic, undefeated even at its most melancholy, The Pariah's Syntax: Notes from an Innocent Man collects some of Case's best personal writings from prison. It is a lush, variegated assortment: forty pieces of prose and poetry (fifteen never before published), each a shining example of this young writer's talent, resolve, and above all, humanity.
The cop busted through the door and I dove out the window and into the cold night air. It was 4am, mid-December, and all I was wearing was my underwear. A thin swirl of snow circled the ground, three floors below. With his gun in one hand, the cop grabbed my leg as soon as I was out the window. He held me in place, and I stood perpendicular to the outside wall of the building. I tried to kick off the wall with the foot that was free, but I kicked the cops hand instead, and he dropped his gun and loosened his grip on my leg. I pulled free and flew away, and as I floated in the air, time played a cruel trick on me. It let me fall so slow that I had plenty of time to think how bad it was going to hurt when I landed. I calmly wondered if I would be alive once I hit the ground. I was comforted by the thought, that; if I wasn't, I would have made good my escape. The cops would certainly have me then; but, at least I would be free. It felt good, sailing through that black void, expecting what was to come. Because, in that period of time, I was free I was as free as a bird in captivity.
How could two powerful legal systems incarcerate an innocent man for months without as much as a mug shot or a finger print: throw him in isolation, deny him fair trial, dismiss photographic evidence of his innocence... ignore just about everything pointing to his innocence?Kenneth Ehigiene`s story has been declared improbable by some, extraordinary by others and a veritable real-life thriller by many. If only Kenneth Ehigiene knew that he was the big African "Game" in an elaborate German safari-hunt that would turn into a Dutch inquisition. If only he knew that he was now tied to the fate of a German teenage girl whose shocking story became an instant bestseller in Germany.Powerless, alone, condemned, jailed and denied justice on all fronts... Kenneth Ehigiene simply walked out of a high security prison one day - a free man. Suddenly. Unexpectedly - leaving jailers, prison officers and inmates stunned.This is the story of an improbable freedom from an unimaginable incarceration.
"It would just be utterly repugnant for me to think that I could send a man to prison for a crime that he did not commit."