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This was simply a good book. Very little violence, no shoot outs, no foul language and no sex. I'd let my 11 yr old grand daughter read this book.
Once again, we are taken into a drama that most of would never think about. Simply, just a new kid in school wanting to appear cool to the other kids, to gain acceptance. Starts off very innocently and quickly rolls into a page turner as Frances (the juvenile in the story) gets thrown into trouble at a facility for young offenders. And his troubles are only starting. He sees things that could cause many of the personnel to loose their jobs or face jail times themselves.
Looking for Frances, his frantic mother contacts the office of the Innocence Project and before long, Dani finds herself knee deep while facing an issue she never imagined possible.
Love the book. Love the narrator. If you are looking for a courtroom thriller, this is more of a courtroom drama. Best book I have listened to in a while. Can't wait for next book.
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... Innocent Prisoners Project series. Attorney Dani Trumball agrees to handle the case of a 12 year old boy, an honor student with no history of drug use, who is declared delinquent and sentenced to 4 months in a privately operated juvenile detention facility near his home in Florida for possession of two marijuana cigarettes. While there he is beaten badly by guards resulting in a severe spleen injury and several broken ribs. He escapes from the hospital and is captured and sold into human slavery. The questions that arise include why the judge issued such a severe sentence and does the detention facility meet state standards. But first he must be rescued from the human traffickers.
First Offense is a complex novel that includes a lot of human interest. For example, the boy's older brother is in Marine boot camp and his father, a Marine Lieutenant Colonel, is missing in action and likely a prisoner of the Taliban. This legal thriller plays with the listener's emotions very nicely. First Offense is Book 4 in this 4 novel series.
Tanya Eby does a fabulous job of narration if I overlook her mispronouncing our local city's name of Charlotte as shar-lot' repeatedly.
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Twelve-year-old Frankie Bishop is a model kid: quiet and bright. So everyone, especially his family, is shocked when he's arrested for drug possession - and horrified when he's sentenced to juvenile detention at Eldridge Academy. His uncle, Bruce Kantor of the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, wants to help but knows he's too close to the case.
His associate Dani Trumball has family worries of her own to deal with, but she knows Bruce wouldn't ask for help without cause. Just as she and her team begin to investigate, the case gets even thornier: Frankie is missing, and evidence points to an Eldridge cover-up.
As the FBI launches a hunt for the boy, Dani knows something isn't right. Why would a minor's first offense earn such a harsh punishment? Unconvinced by the court documents, Dani is dogged in her pursuit of the truth that will save Frankie's future - if he still has one.
I have read every book in this series and all of them have been fantastic, this one is no acception. An amazing book by a very talented author, Dani is a fantastic Character who won't give up on making sure the truth comes out and does everything she can to assist her clients. She's also got a personal bit of news she's dealing with during this case as well but the author still kept her determination to prove the truth in a case the same. Another great offering by this author and I can't wait for the next book in the series which I will be starting later today once I finish work.