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?

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