Richard Speight Desperate Justice

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Desperate Justice

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When the murderer of her twelve-year-old daughter is found not guilty by reason of insanity, Carol Rogers feels driven to take the law into her own hands

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Wavering between fact and fiction, this novel, which Speight claims to be "the completely accurate" story of two sensational murders, succeeds as neither one. All the names, dates and places have been "fabricated" to protect the innocent, he says, and the ensuing lack of immediacy and bite is fatal. A 12-year-old girl is raped and murdered by 20-year-old ne'er-do-well Frank Jordan. The girl's family is devastated, especially her mother, Carol Rogers. When Jordan is acquitted "by reason of insanity," Carol shoots him to death in court. The remaining two-thirds of the book tells of Carol's defense against the charge of murder. She hires lawyer Ellen Hayes, formerly an assistant to Jordan's defense attorney, and even asks for help from Norman Green, the "hired gun" psychiatrist who'd testified to the rapist-killer's "insanity." The writingtouching on family guilt, motivation, legal proceedings and a soupcon of feminismis flat and the characters, insulated by Speight's "fabrication," seldom come to life. When they doCarol's willful act, her husband's wimpishnessthey are not sympathetic. Earnest, simplistic sociologizing and moralizing are no substitute for dramatic tension. (June 17
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In the novel's prologue it is suggested that this story is completely true with the exception of changed dates, names, etc. However, some of the scenario is extremely unlikely. A 12-year old girl is abducted from her school as she waits for her brother to pick her up. Within hours her raped, strangled body is found and the murderer has confessed. He is found not guilty by reason of insanity. The mother, whose own mental state has deteriorated since the death of her daughter, shoots and kills the accused in the courtroom. The remainder of the book focuses on her trial and her attempt to understand why her daughter's murderer would have been set free. While this story is told in a documentary style, the author, a criminal lawyer, focuses on the pain of the principal characters. Recommended for its simplified account of an emotional issue. Terrill Brooks, Baker Coll. Lib., Flint, Mich.
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