The truth doesn't always set you free. Sometimes it takes a damn good lawyer.
Big-boned, farm-bred, and fresh out of law school, Nora Lumsey has just landed a great job as an Indiana judge's law clerk. Then the Dexter Hinton case lands in her lap: An elderly white woman dies in a drive-by shooting. Two black kids are in the car. Dexter, ten years old and deaf, confesses. He gets fifty-five years.
Now the boy's distraught grandfather has written an appeal, and Nora's job is to draft the judge's denial. Turn the key and throw Dexter away.
That's her dilemma. The amateur appeal raises the wrong arguments. Nora knows the right ones. She also knows Dexter is innocent, convicted with lies and racism. Legally, she's forbidden to help. Morally, a big-boned woman is born to meddle...and perhaps risk everything for a young boy's life.
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"A fast-paced read."
"First novelist Schanker wields a mighty pen...dramatic action and a powerful blend of race, religion, politics, and legal procedure."
"Nora's harsh, uncompromising voice [is] something new and welcome in the genre."
"The writing is superb...Nora is tough, loud, pushy and the perfect antidote for readers overdosed on the blood and guts of noir or the sugary niceness of today's cozies...Add D. R. Schanker to your list of favorite new authors."
"Brilliantly developed...authentic...Nora is one of the genre's best new characters."
Ten-year-old Dexter Hinton's conviction in the drive-by shooting of elderly robbery target Cora Rollison was routine once the judge admitted the confession that Dexterd recanted after talking to his grandfather and guardian Carl Hinton. And now it looks as if the appeal Carl has painfully cobbled together will be denied with equal dispatch. Judge Carter Albertson, of the Indiana Court of Appeals, tells his first-year clerk Nora Lumsey that the verdict is to be affirmed without ado. But Nora, who overlooks no chance to reiterate that she's a big-boned woman used to locking horns with authority figures, looks deep enough into the record to notice that Carl Hinton is a neighbor of hers. Unwisely and incredibly, she drops by his house to introduce herself (though concealing her job), listen to his hard-luck story about his poor deaf grandson, and, eventually, come out fighting for Dex's release despite the threat of disbarment if either side she's working for ever finds out about the other. Beset on every front by inner-city gangstas who want the buck to stop with Dex and by big-city politicos who don't want a freed Dex to turn into another Willie Horton, Nora ends up risking more than she'd ever imagined when she said hello to Carl Hinton. Nora's harsh, uncompromising voice, something new and welcome in the genre, makes the extravagantly improbable premise of her first case worth the stretchthough it's a relief to find her headed to more suitable employment at the fade-out. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Dell, 2000. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110440235812