Thomas Dennehy, senior prosecutor in Davidson County, Tennessee,
doesn't recognize Nashville anymore: a decade of relentless
immigration means cops are learning Spanish, and the DA' s office is
looking for Vietnamese translators. Thomas' latest case is
prosecuting Moses Bol, a Sudanese refugee who faces the death
penalty for killing a white woman in the Nations, a notorious,
racially charged part of town. Bol's conviction seems certain, until
a university professor claims Thomas sent the wrong man to the death
chamber in a previous case. The DA' s office is rocked to its core,
but within days another blow falls: a beautiful and brilliant
anti-death penalty activist mysteriously surfaces as Bol's alibi,
claiming she was with him at the time of the crime. Bol's case
becomes a lightning rod as protesters on all sides converge on
Nashville and tensions threaten to explode.
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Starred Review. "Perhaps this material isn't quite as original as Arvin's debut...this is another winner that thriller, mystery and general fiction readers alike will relish." - Publishers Weekly
"The setup is familiar, but Arvin calculates everything - the mystery, the office politics, the anti-death-penalty demonstrations, the race riots, the fiendishly escalating threats - so neatly that the whole package is an offer you can't refuse." - Kirkus Reviews
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Reed Arvin grew up on a working cattle ranch in Kansas. He studied music in college, became a successful session musician and record producer, and toured the world with a variety of artists. He now writes full time. His first novel The Wind in the Wheat was published in 1994. He is the author of two critically acclaimed thrillers, The Last Goodbye and Blood of Angels. He and his wife Dianne, a painter, split their time between homes in Nashville, TN, and St. Petersburg, FL
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