Sunday, August 3, 2008


This thought provoking novel reads like it was pulled from today's headlines. College security guard Quentin Price was convicted of the rape and murder of Gwen Crawford ten years ago. After serving nine years in prison, he finds himself a free man after DNA testing shows another man's DNA is present. Quentin is confronted by his past and asked to help find the real killer. But is Quentin really innocent?

This suspenseful thriller crackles with loss, uneasy truths and unlikely allies. The novel made me think differently about those who are freed as a result of the DNA test. How do they feel after being convicted of a crime they didn't commit?  What must it be like for the victim's families when the person they thought was guilty is let go?  How do the police responsible for putting the wrong person in jail feel?  Straka exlores all this and more.

This is a compelling novel that made me really stop and think.  So, what do you think?

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