Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Criminal Appeal, by D. R. Schanker
Nora Lumsey is a self-proclaimed (often) big-boned, farm-raised Indiana woman, starting her law career as a clerk in a judge's office, who becomes entangled in the efforts of a neighbor to win the release of his 10-year old deaf grandson from prison on appeal. She isn't actually allowed to do anything of the sort, and must keep a host of secrets from everyone close to her. It's a book that deals head on with issues of race and racism, judicial politics, religion and family. I'm not sure I'd agree with all of Schanker's observations, but I give him credit for putting them on the page. Is it a little odd for a man to make his main character a woman and deal with issues like toiletries and dating?