A brazen robbery by a masked man at one of Savannah's finest restaurants results in the murder of a teenage girl and murder indictments against two defendants. The assistant DA assigned to the case believes one indictment is without merit, and his attempt to have it dismissed threatens both his career and his life. With colorful characters and exciting and realistic courtroom drama, The Indictments will keep the listener riveted on the twisting plot until the unforgettable final chapter.
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"Once is a mistake, twice is jazz!"
This excellent story basically tells the lawyer's side of the blocks and pitfalls along the way of trying to successfully prosecute a known serial robber, starting with the disastrous retrial in September, 2007, until a return to court in April, 2008. Throughout, it follows the life of a rising young lawyer, Scott, his work colleagues and friends and various investigations conducted during that times. It really highlights the frustration of the job where guilt has to be proved beyond any shadow of doubt, the tricks that can be played to ensure evidence is inadmissible and the sometimes frailties of victims and witnesses.
Well written, fascinating and suspenseful, this quite lengthy book is well narrated by Bob Johnson. As with another reviewer, initially I found his carefully paced delivery slightly disconcerting with an inflection to his sentences, but very quickly grew to appreciate the precise use of his very lovely voice. The conversation of different protagonists is mostly minimally differentiated: his is more of a reading than a performance. But this in no way distracts from the overall presentation nor of the understanding of who is speaking at any given time. It fitted the subject matter well.
This was an enjoyable, sometimes funny, often moving book, and wide ranging in topics covered. And the central story of how justice does not always equate to decisions under the law is totally absorbing. I was very fortunate in being g gifted a copy of The Indictments by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. And I can happily recommend it to anyone who enjoys their thrills in a quieter version than simple violence and battles.
- Norma Miles