Book reviews, Legal drama, Thriller

No Truth Left To Tell by Michael McAuliffe – Book Review


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February 1994—Lynwood, Louisiana: Flaming crosses light up the night and terrorize the southern town. The resurgent Klan wants a new race war, and the Klansmen will start it here. As federal civil rights prosecutor Adrien Rush is about to discover, the ugly roots of the past run deep in Lynwood.

For Nettie Wynn, a victim of the cross burnings and lifelong resident of the town’s segregated neighborhood, the hate crimes summon frightful memories of her youth, when she witnessed white townspeople lynch a black man. Her granddaughter Nicole DuBose, a successful journalist in New York City, returns to Lynwood to care for her grandmother. Rush arrives from DC and investigates the crimes with Lee Mercer, a seasoned local FBI special agent. Their partnership is tested as they clash over how far to go to catch the racists before the violence escalates. Rush’s role in the case becomes even more complicated after he falls for DuBose. When crucial evidence becomes compromisethreatening to upend what should be a celebrated conviction—the lines between right and wrong, black and white, collide with deadly consequences.

No Truth Left to Tell is a smart legal thriller that pulls readers into a compelling courtroom drama and an illusive search for justice in a troubled community.

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MY REVIEW 

This is a mix of legal thriller and courtroom drama which deals with the subjects of racism and civil rights.

It revolves around the horrific acts perpetrated by the kkk, the cross burnings, the hatred they encourage and the consequences of these acts.

It is an emotive read in many ways and will induce feelings of anger at those responsible and of empathy for the victims.

A clever plot and well developed characters make this a compelling thriller from start to finish.

Thank you to Anna at FSB Associates for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Michael McAuliffe has been a practicing lawyer for thirty years. He was a federal prosecutor serving both as a supervisory assistant US attorney in the Southern District of Florida and a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. 

In 2008, Michael was elected and served as the state attorney for Palm Beach County, leading an office of approximately 125 prosecutors. He was  known for leading the ethics reform movement in county that resulted in the creation of a permanent inspector general, an ethics commission, and new ethics code.

He also has been a partner at a major law firm, a global company general counsel, a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University’s School of Law, and an adjunct professor at William & Mary’s School of Law. Early in his career, Mr. McAuliffe was a Civic Education Project fellow and visiting professor of law in the Czech Republic.

Aside from the law, Mr. McAuliffe is an alpine mountaineer, having climbed and reached the summits of Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro (with his daughter), Island Peak in the Himalayas, and many other mountains.

He received his JD from the College of William & Mary’s Law School and his BBA from the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Michael and his wife Robin Rosenberg, a US district judge, have three children, and live in Florida and Massachusetts.

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Legal drama, Thriller

The Holdout by Graham Moore – Book Review

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From the screenwriter of The Imitation Game comes a knockout thriller that reads as 12 Angry Men meets Serial. 

It was the most sensational case of the decade.

Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, vanishes on her way home from school. Her teacher, Bobby Nock, is the prime suspect. It’s an open and shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed.

 Until Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury, persuades the rest of the jurors to vote not guilty: a controversial decision that will change all of their lives forever.

Ten years later, one of the jurors is found dead, and Maya is the prime suspect.

The real killer could be any of the other ten jurors. Is Maya being forced to pay the price for her decision all those years ago?

 

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MY REVIEW 

10 years ago Bobby Nock was on trial for the murder of 15 year old Jessica Silver. The 12 members of the jury deliberated and one of them believed Bobby to be innocent. 

Maya Seale does a ‘12 Angry Men’ and manages to persuade the other 11 and so Bobby goes free. But this was not a popular verdict with the American public and the media frenzy lasted a long time and affected their lives in different ways.

Now, a podcast, Murder Town, which discussed the trial, the verdict and the jurors, is now being made into a docuseries by Netflix. The original jurors, well the majority, are taking part. Maya, now a defence lawyer eventually agrees to take part.

They are all staying at the original hotel they were in during the original trial, then there is a death and Maya is arrested on suspicion of murder. Can she prove her innocence? Is there more to the Bobby Nock case than she first believed?

I really enjoyed this legal thriller, the chapters alternating between the past and present really build the story perfectly.

A fast paced, marvellously twisty thriller that’s totally engrossing from start to finish.  Perfect escapism and thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

About the author: 

Graham Moore is a New York Times bestselling novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. His screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME won the Academy Award and WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015 and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The film, directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, received 8 Academy Award

nominations, including Best Picture.

Book reviews, Dystopian fiction, Legal drama

Unborn by Rachel McLean – Book Review

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She killed her unborn child. The punishment will fit the crime.

America, 2026.

Feminism has been defeated.

Equality is a memory.

And abortion has been criminalized.

Three women find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Kate, carrying the child of a sexual predator.

Grace, whose baby will be born with a fatal deformity.

And Cindee: abused, abandoned and pregnant.

Can these three very different women come together to fight an oppressive system and win their freedom?

Find out by reading Unborn, a chilling dystopia combined with a gripping legal thriller.

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MY REVIEW 

This is a dystopian tale that feels all too real in its plausibility. The fact some states in the US are already making laws to limit a woman’s decisions relating to her own body makes this a terrifying possible reality.

It is the story of 3 women who are affected by a law that criminalises abortion for ANY reason and results in imprisonment, even a miscarriage has to be proven. This is a world similar to that in A Handmaid’s Tale in that women’s reproductive rights are controlled by men, but this is also a legal drama as these laws are challenged. It’s thought provoking, anger inducing and totally gripping from start to finish.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08184VDBV/

 

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08184VDBV/

 

Author Bio –

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My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

 

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachelmcwrites

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