From the co-author of Black Mass comes a gripping YA novel based on the true story of a teenage girl's murder - and a young father's false imprisonment for the crime.
On a hot summer night in the late 1980s, in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury, a fourteen-year-old African-American girl was sitting on a mailbox talking with her friends when she became the innocent victim of gang-related gunfire. Amid public outcry, an immediate manhunt was on to catch the murderer, and a young African-American man was quickly apprehended, charged, and - wrongly - convicted of the crime. Dick Lehr, a former reporter for the Boston Globe's famous Spotlight Team who worked on this story three decades ago, brings the case to light once more with Trell, a novel about the daughter of the imprisoned man, who persuades a reporter and a lawyer to help her prove her father's innocence. What pieces of evidence might have been overlooked? Can they manage to get to the truth before a dangerous character from the neighborhood gets to them?
"To Certain Intellectuals" from The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes, edited by Arnold Rampersad with David Roessel, Associate Editor, © 1994 by the Estate of Langston Hughes. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. "Angel" Words and Music by Chip Taylor, Steve Miller, Eddie Curtis and Ahmet Ertegun. © 2000 EMI Blackwood Music Inc., Sailor Music, Jim Rooster Music and Unichappell Music Inc. All Rights on behalf of EMI Blackwood Music Inc. Administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 424 Church Street, Suite 1200, Nashville, TN 37219. International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved - contains elements of "Angel of the Morning" (Taylor) and "The Joker" (Miller, Curtis and Ertegun). Reprinted by permission of Hal Leonard LLC. "Ready to Die" Words and Music by The Notorious B.I.G., Osten Harvey, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Barbara Mason, Ralph Middlebrooks, Walter Junie Morrison, Marshall Eugene Jones, Clarence Satchell and Leroy Bonner. © 1994 EMI April Music Inc., Justin Combs Publishing Company, Inc., Big Poppa Music and Embassy Music Corporation. All Rights on behalf of EMI April Music, Justin Combs Publishing Company, Inc. and Big Poppa Music Administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 424 Church Street, Suite 1200, Nashville, TN 37219. International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved - contains element of "Yes, I'm Ready" (Barbara Mason). Reprinted by permission of Hal Leonard LLC.
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