Book: Murder in Palm Beach - The Homicide That Never Died by Bob Brinkcategories: Book, Suspense, Breathtaking, Roman a Clef, Murder, Mystery, Power, Violence, Sex, Love Story, Raiford Prison, Pro Bono, Crime Fiction
Bob Brinkabout this book: On a January night in 1976, Rodger Kriger and his wife are relaxing on a couch after returning from a dinner party, when the doorbell rings. Kriger walks to the foyer, and is hit by a shotgun blast through a side window, succumbing to his wounds days later.
Police turn every stone in seeking the killer of the prominent citizen, and come up empty-handed. But a politically motivated prosecutor sees his chance to nail a tough guy who’s long been the bane of local law enforcement. Mitt Hecher, a small-time hoodlum, is charged with the murder and convicted on the basis of fellow jail mates’ testimony.
While he pines for his wife and their child during stays at two Florida prisons over a course of 15 years, attorneys working pro bono make appeal after appeal for a new trial. The karate expert copes with brutal, Wild West-like conditions at the Raiford prison. Later, at a more civilized penitentiary, he is devastated upon learning that the woman whose love has transformed him has contracted a usually fatal disease.
Private investigators, convinced of Hecher’s innocence, consider various scenarios in a search for the real killer. A newspaper reporter spends years digging deeply into the case.
Was Mitt Hecher guilty? If not, who was the assassin? And what was the motive?
MURDER IN PALM BEACH: The Homicide That Never Died is a taut roman à clef, the tale of a man whose cockiness finally catches up with him as he battles powerful forces for his freedom, and in so doing, metamorphoses into a new person. The mystery seethes with violence, sex, power and romance on its way to a gripping conclusion.
"Terrific," "fascinating," "home run," and "believable" are some of the words reviewers have used to describe the book. Others: "... a lot of intrigue, a great storyline, and characters to root for ..."; "... realistic dialogue and rich texture in all his characters ..."; "it has a strong emotional draw ..."; "... a breathtaking climax ..."
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