Title: A Criminal Appeal
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 0312192533 Author's first novel. This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 007197
Synopsis: Fresh out of law school, Nora Lumsey - a farm-bred, big-boned woman, recovering bigot, and a compulsive meddler - has just begun her clerkship for Judge Carter Albertson of the Indiana Court of Appeals when she is instructed to draft an opinion affirming the conviction of Dexter Hinton, a deaf black child who has confessed to the murder of an elderly white woman in a drive-by shooting. When Nora discovers a personal connection to Dexter's family, she finds her passion to do justice at odds with her role as a ghostwriter for the judge and "handmaiden to the law," and she is torn between her idealism and her ethical obligations to the court.
Risking disbarment and criminal prosecution, Nora joins Owedia Braxton, Dexter's former teacher at the deaf school, in the cause of winning Dexter's freedom and finding the real killer. Their investigation draws them into a complex web of inner-city politics, gang warfare, and racial hatred. With rival gangs from the inner city and the suburbs hot on their trail, Nora and Owedia pursue an elusive gunman known only as "Mr. E" and find themselves entangled in an underworld of bigotry and violence and on the verge of uncovering a conspiracy of deadly corruption.
At once a page-turning thriller, a chilling look at a city in a crisis of violent crime, and a moving, finely drawn portrait of a fiercely independent young woman, A Criminal Appeal is a moral rollercoaster ride into the heart of American prejudice, and the debut of a bold, exciting new novelist.
From the Inside Flap:
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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