Michael Connelly has become of the most successful current authors by selling over thirty novels and more than eighty million books. As a former newspaper reporter, he worked the crime beat at the L. A. Times and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
Connelly shot out of the gates in 1992, when his first novel, The Black Echo, won the Mystery Writer’s of America Edgar Award for the Best First Novel.
One of his latest novels is The Law of Innocence, focuses on Mickey Waller, known as the Lincoln Lawyer because he does much of his law practice out of his chauffeur-driven Lincoln Town Car. Waller, a defense attorney, is pulled over by the cops after he leaves a bar where his team had been celebrating a big win.
Being pulled over to a defense attorney is just part of the game the play with law enforcement. Since he had stopped drinking, it shouldn’t be a big deal, right?
Except for the client’s body stuffed in his trunk.
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Sometimes, when you are reading a book, you realize that you are experiencing more than a story. I experienced it when I reviewed Hole In the Woods by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush for Killer Nashville (Read review here.).
Based on a true story, this book is about a police officer who investigates the cold case of the murder of a seventeen-year-old girl thirty years ago. Even after so much time, the small town was reluctant to let her probe into their long-buried secrets. But with a lot of determination and courage, she is finally able to dig to the truth.
What makes this book even more is the author’s empathy with the subject. She understands the importance to the family for solving a criminal case even after decades of silence. It’s easy to forget that, until a criminal investigation is completed, the family and friends are left hanging in limbo, buried in suspicions and often guilt. It often takes an enormous toil on them. Dornbush’s books are a testament to their struggle.
At the end of the book, She has a chapter about meeting with the father of the original girl. She includes a letter from him telling how he felt over the years. of not hearing anything new.
She also has information about the Cold Case Foundation, It is “an all-volunteer board and staff of law enforcement experts from the FBI, police branches, and investigators and forensic experts from around the nation.” They assist law enforcement agencies to help with the hardest cases at no cost.
Ms Dornbush is the daughter of a medical examiner. She is able to bring an authenticity to a crime scene as well as to the families and friends of the victim.
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