Innocence on Trial

Written by Rick Bowers ⎮ Narrated by Eleanor Caudill

Author: Rick Bowers
Narrator: Eleanor Caudill
Length: 7 hours and 31 minutes
Publisher: Rick Bowers
Released: Feb. 5, 2020
Genre: Legal Thriller

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Synopsis

Seeking a high profile case to jet-fuel her career and striving to strike a blow for justice, attorney Laura Tobias sets out to clear a man she believes was wrongfully imprisoned for murder, ten years before. The young lawyer, a rising star with the Council Against Wrongful Convictions, is the last hope for inmate Eddie Nash, serving life without parole at the infamous Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York.

Attica, one of the last of the classic "big houses", is still haunted by the 1971 inmate revolt and police siege that left dozens of prisoners and hostages dead. Appealing the cast in federal court and unraveling the facts, Laura uncovers evidence that Eddie was framed by the police for murder - the brutal hanging of a troubled young woman in the remote upstate town of Eden.

Realizing that the real "hangman of Eden" may still be at large, Laura also finds herself being stalked. Are the police out to stop her from exposing their frame-up? Is the real killer seeking to keep her from reopening the investigation?

Teaming up with noted innocence investigator Charles Steel, she gets a lead on evidence that could clear her client and point to the real killer. With a new trial moving forward, Laura must find the truth and prevail in court, without becoming the next victim.

This audiobook was provided by its publisher, Rick Bowers, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Rick!

Willow's Review

5 Stars

Innocence on Trial is a massive book with a profound message—a vital read for obtaining a better understanding of the judicial system in America. Complex issues and how the history of these complex social issues in America took place and the corrupt police departments that frame, taunt and put innocent men and women behind bars for their corrupt benefit. Bowers exposed the for-profit prison model and the atrocious living conditions that prisoners were forced to reside in—and the dearth of edible food, potable water, medical care "Attica" allowed for its prisoner populations.

The main protagonist, Laura Tobias- a justice attorney, worked tirelessly to free a man named Eddie Nash from the wrongful sentence for a crime she believed that he did not commit over ten years ago. Eddie was imprisoned for the killing of a young woman in the 1970s, and despite the numerous obstacles, roadblocks, and harrowing threats, Laura worked relentlessly for Eddie's justice. Laura's character is quite admirable and provided a quality example of a woman working for change in a man's world. The justice system isn't kind to women, firstly starting their careers in a field that has been dominated by men since its genesis. Laura's character does provide a healthy role model for women contemplating a career in criminal justice or give literary support to those who are working in the complex industry.

Narrator Elanor Caudill's dry, yet intriguing delivery adds seriousness to the novel. Her ability to vocally change tonality and tambour from one character to the next while simulating the verbal courtroom exchanges adds a dash of realism to this audiobook experience. Innocence on Trial is more than listening to a novel---rather a vocal performance coupled with Rick Bowers's talent for portraying details and maintaining a believable storyline of the court trials with plausible jargon and emotional ups-and-downs of battling in the courtrooms.

In the age of protests and social unrest, Innocence on Trial is more than relevant. It is an educational experience blended with drama and an enthralling storyline that will surely captivate the readers' attention. And create awareness for further research regarding America's dark past of imprisoning the innocent.

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Willow Moon Greymoor follows her lifelong passion for literature and writing. Working as a professional book reviewer is truly part of her soul’s calling. For over 14 years, Willow has been reviewing books, writing, beta reading, and offering professional advice to authors around the world.

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