A murder mystery set in the segregated town of Dodge County, Texas in 1954. Swift Justice will appeal to fans of the movie Mississippi Burning and John Grisham's book, A Time to Kill, and tells the story of Leon Brooks, an educated black man, who comes under the wrath of the Texas KKK for initiating a voting drive.
The Klan, which is led by the Imperial Wizard Atwood Baker, who is called "Judge" because he is the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, cannot allow the voting drive to happen. His solution - lynch Leon Brooks and set an example.
But a mysterious person, who is disguised, comes to Leon's aide as the noose was around Leon's head. Leon can't tell whether the person is black or white. The person leaves as quickly as he or she arrived.
Within four days, numerous white people are murdered, and the Klan has no idea who's doing it. Sheriff Jefferson Mason, a tall, heavy-set man in his 50s and a local leader in the Klan as well, investigates the crime. The Klan's revised solution - kill more Negros and set the town on fire.
FBI Special Agent Roger Perry and his partner, Tom Hall, rush to Dodge County to solve the murders and bring down the Klan. The murders and racial tensions also bring in the national media. Dodge County is in disarray. Will it ever be the same? Will the people responsible for the crimes be brought to swift justice?
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Racism, Murder, Justice in the South
The premise of the story. Perspectives of White and Black interacting in the life and death grips of Racism. And the "outsiders", the Civil Rights style Jewish Lawyer who's first concern is the survival of the accused.
A strong point is the dialogue explaining the thoughts held by the participants.
"Mississippi Burning". The classic Portier movie "In the Heat of the Night" etc. come to my mind. Now I'm saying Swift Justice reminds me of these. Just remember these examples are Classics...
I feel that the "dialogue" is an important part of the story. Michael Knight has a fantastic voice, easy to understand, enjoyable to listen to. Where there is room for improvement is in the character voices - there are Southern regional, Ethnic and racial - Whites, Blacks, Jewish, etc. In my opinion, this must have been very challenging and there is room for improvement... Study and experience, similar to language learning. Learning a new language has always been difficult for me. Overall I rate Michael Knight's a strong performance though.
There are strong, blatant racist acts and thoughts portrayed by the characters, moving me to hate some of the characters with those values.
BE AWARE, THERE IS STRONG LANGUAGE THROUGHOUT THIS STORY. It's a gritty subject. Racial epitaphs, etc. If you are offended by such...
Despite any criticism on my part, this is a good story, a good listen. Thank you for the opportunity to review it!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.
- in1ear (John Row)
Swift Justice: The Southern Way
- April H.