Saturday, October 19, 2013

Stains on the Gavel by Charles W Massie

This book is a sequel to Pinned, which I haven't read.  In the first book, Mark meets Roxie online and they fall in love.  He moves to Kentucky to be with her.  This book picks up about six weeks later.  He's decided things aren't working and is going to move back to New York, but Roxie doesn't take it well.  Mark is trapped in a whirlwind nightmare between lies, drugs and a corrupt legal system that seems out to get him personally.

I've been reviewing a long time, but I can't even tell you what I liked about this book.  The characters were interesting but I couldn't identify with any of them.  The storyline was actually pretty simple.  Mark is wrongfully accused and trying to get an appeal.  Sounds basic enough.  I wouldn't say any of the things I normally base a book review on are outstanding.  Nevertheless, I couldn't put it down. I was an addict until the final dregs. I simply could not stop reading.  Several times during my reading I wondered about this.  Just what was it about this book that compelled me to keep reading?  Why couldn't I walk away?  Honestly, I just don't know.  It's been 24 hours and I still can't figure it out.  I only know that I couldn't get enough and I would absolutely love to review Pinned.  Well done, Charles!  You've written a book that's so good, that I don't even know what was so good about it!

You know, it's kind of like drinking a Monster or Red Bull.  It doesn't taste good.  You don't notice the effects immediately.  After a little while though, you start to have this feeling of being awake and alive, and you want more.  You crave more.  That's it.  I'm not sure why, but Massie's writing is like Red Bull.

True Crime people out there will love this story.  True Crime isn't my thing, but I was reminded of the movie Double Jeopardy with Ashley Judd while reading at times.  You know, someone is wrongfully accused and has to live in prison while trying to figure out how to fix things.  The big difference here is that 'the system' is definitely working against Mark.  Not only that, Mark isn't some young thug.  He's in his 60's, a veteran, and has severe health issues.  Makes things a big more intriguing. 

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