Book: Black and White - Volume I of the Lincoln County Law Trilogy by Jerri Blair
categories: Book, Southern Literature, Mystery, Racial Justice, Courtroom Drama, Murder, True Crime, Klan Injustice, Legal Thriller
Jerri Blair about this book: This book was inspired by the many injustices I saw during my career as a trial attorney. The character Lindsey Wilkens, a black man falsely accused of the murder of a wealthy white man in a 1979 rural Southern county, is based on a man I represented.My client was accused of a theft he didn't commit. Just like the fictional character, his life was torn apart, and he turned to drug dealing because it was the only way he could make a living. In the book, Lindsey is then coerced into confessing to murder after being subjected to what amounts to torture by an iconic sheriff known for his racist attitude. J.T. Lockman, a brilliant young trial attorney, is handed the case of a lifetime when he is appointed to represent Lindsey. For any criminal trial attorney, representing a truly innocent man in a case where the stakes are as high as they can be, the actual life or death of your client, presents the greatest challenge anyone could face. The courtroom becomes a battleground pitting Lockman against widespread public opinion, as well as his own family, friends, and the only woman he's ever loved. As he begins to unravel the strange events surrounding the purported murder by his client, Lockman faces the ghosts of his own past from the jungles of Vietnam and the streets where he lived as a boy until he reaches a final epiphany that may save his client's life as well as his own.
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