Title: Do You Solemnly Swear? A Nation of Law: The Dark Side
Author: Lin Wilder
Genre: Courtroom Thriller, Legal Fiction
What if your former girlfriend decides to use her 6-year-old daughter to punish you for breaking up with her?
How do you prove that you are innocent of the worst case of sexual perversion against a child?
Is it possible to refute the lies of a beautiful, seemingly innocent, little girl?
When Gabe McAllister, decorated former Marine and respected Texas State Trooper, walked out of his condo in West Houston on a Tuesday morning to head to a meeting of the newly formed task force of the DEA, Texas State Police and Border Patrol, he found five Houston cops waiting to collar him for the rape of 6-year-old Annie Bridges.
His next several days and weeks are a blur as he realizes belatedly that he has no chance against his diminutive accuser. His implicit trust in the fairness of the justice system shattered, McAllister lands in the Huntsville prison, sentenced to three counts of 20-to-life sentences.
In the sequel to The Fragrance Shed By a Violet, Lin Wilder embroils characters in another complex web of dysfunctional family, deceit, revenge, and the politics of courtrooms. Pulitzer Prize reporter Kate Townsend's front page story for her newspaper, The Houston Tribune, about a juror - the foreman of McAllister's jury - stepping forward to speak about the case and her concern about why McAllister was not granted a retrial, galvanizes Houstonians once again: Had a Houston jury convicted another innocent person?
Dr. Lindsey McCall, former inmate at Huntsville and now Medical Director at the Prisons, and Rich Jansen, Chief Warden at the prisons, are faced with the all-too-familiar question of just how involved should they get as Townsend begins to dig into the background of little Annie Bridges and her mother. When Townsend reveals the details of her new investigative series: A Nation of Law: The Dark Side, Jansen is more than intrigued.
What makes this a must-listen audiobook?
Powerful and emotional. . .
What did you love best about Do You Solemnly Swear??
It was an intense listen. We don't hear enough about how easily an innocent man can be convicted of this type of crime when he is innocent. People often overreact without getting the details and using their heads. I have seen this many times myself. People tend to assume what they hear is true without using their reasoning skills to see the facts don't hardly add up.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Do You Solemnly Swear??
I loved when Gabe met the former juror who had doubts about his being guilty. She fought hard for him and got others to listen to her. When he finally met her in person it was a bit intense.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I expected this to be a very emotional book and it was. There were a few times I got frustrated and angry over it and at one point I even teared up while listening. I am very well aware that child molestation happens all the time but I'm also aware that women can be cruel and spiteful and can easily ruin a life over these types of accusations when there is no truth to them. All of that comes through in this book.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Lin Wilder is the author of the Lindsey McCall medical mystery series, which includes The Fragrance Shed By A Violet, Do You Solemnly Swear? A Price for Genius and Malthus Revisited. Her memoir, Finding the Narrow Path, recounts her journey away from God and back again. Lin’s most recent book is I, Claudia, a Novel of the Ancient World. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including a Feathered Quill, two NABE Pinnacle Awards, and two IAN Best Books awards. She lives in northern Nevada.
Mark Kamish arrived at his audiobook narration career via several others.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Army Ranger School, the Defense Language Institute (German) and law school, he has found himself in many different roles - a field artillery officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and in Germany; an engineer and manager in Corporate America; and most recently a criminal defense attorney for over 17 years.
A veteran stage actor as well, Mark’s theatrical and professional experiences (especially as a trial lawyer in the courtroom, sharing his clients’ stories with juries) bring an ease, presence and authenticity to his storytelling.
Working with major audiobook publishers like Tantor Media, Dreamscape and University Press Audiobooks (as well as select indie authors), Mark’s narration performances have been praised as authentic, versatile, intimate and brilliant.
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