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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Unreasonable Doubt by Vicki Delany



Walt Desmond was incarcerated for twenty five years for a crime he did not commit. His case was taken up by an organisation which pursues unlawful/unjust/incorrect decisions by the courts and he was one of those lucky ones who did get out, if you can call twenty five years being imprisoned lucky. Walt has just one idea only. To get back to Trafalgar where he lived and find out as to why the cops decided he was the killer in a horrendous crime.

Everyone else in Trafalgar however does not want Walt back. He rekindles ugly memories that people would like conveniently forgotton. They do not remember him as a quiet man who minded his own business, had no previous record of any kind. They only remember him as the person who murdered the pretty Sophia and these feelings are kept at a very high fever pitch by interested parties in the town of Trafalgar.

The police have their hands full trying to keep the peace, protect Walt (though they themselves are puzzled as to why he came back to such an antagonistic environment). The police themselves are being sued for wrongful detention to the tune of five million dollars and further harassment of Walt would ensue that this figure would go up.

Since his wrongful detention, the police have to reopen the case as it then becomes an unsolved crime and this is where the action starts. It is quite obvious that there are several interested parties not wanting the case to be pursued and it is also obvious that the police were involved in a huge cover up/incompetence years ago. Unraveling the issue and dealing with a new series of attempted rapes makes this story a very interesting one.

The detective Molly and the series is a new one for me and one I will definitely be keeping an eye out for.

Told cleverly and in a methodical manner the story unfolded in stages and you knew you were getting somewhere.

The book was sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Poisoned Pen Press.

2 comments:

Literary Feline said...

This sounds interesting, Mystica. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to be in Walt's shoes. Accused of a crime you didn't commit and then to be met with such hatred when you return home.

Yvette said...

Sounds good, Mystica. But you know what they say: You can't go home again. Or if you do, expect fireworks.