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A horrible lynching occurs in a small Northern Florida town close to Gainesville. The president of a black fraternity is the victim. Racist text messages have been retrieved from the victim‘s phone. The source is the phone of a white student, who happens to be the president of a white fraternity. With no other evidence a rush to judgement occurs without due process.
If it sounds like a current affair, it is on purpose. Rather than condemn one party, the author clearly reveals the travesty of every side’s ignoring due process. Law enforcement, media, civil rights leaders, academia are all guilty of condemning a young man before they understand the truth.
Make no mistake, the novel uncovers racism at every level of life in the community. In fact it makes the mistakes of the black community understandable.
And there is the clever parallel of two excellent students, one black and one white, trapped by predators from to opposite camps. In the end, it is simply great writing and great entertainment.
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I spent my first 18 years living in Jacksonville, Fl. The story in this book does not surprise me at all, even after 38 years. When I went to school there was segregation, that wasn't working so well. Then they tried integration, that didn't work so well either. If you were black (I wasn't) or Jewish (I was) you had a problem in a city that was very racist and in the good old southern Bible Belt, anti Semitic. I moved north.
I could see this story taking place in Live Oaks, it's barely a speck on a map, very small town. It's the kind of place you drive through and didn't know you were there. Progressive thinking does not come easily in places like that. Unfortunately with out much outside influence, bigotry is generational.
Anyway, I really like some of Grippando's stand alone books and have looked at the Jack Swyteck books many times. The reviews are so mixed I always change my mind. After this book I will be getting the rest of the series.
Jonathan Davis does an excellent job narrating.
Outstanding book with a twisted ending, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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