“A dark, gritty, down and dirty crime has been committed and justice has been railroaded in the name of revenge in a Good Ole Boy network of “trusted” public law enforcement authorities. Unfortunately, a man in his sixties is the victim of this injustice, dealing with prison time for crimes he did not commit and is stonewalled at every attempt to prove his innocence or even get a fair day in court. Stains on the Gavel by Charles W. Massie had my skin crawling in frustration at times-NOT because this isn’t a great read, but BECAUSE it is so powerfully written.
With a great background introduction in the beginning for those of us who did not read book one, Charles Massie leads us through the trials and tribulations of Mark Casey, convicted for crimes he did not commit, imprisoned and shuffled around through the system. Denied his medications, his rights, but intelligent and a favorite among his peers, this unique “hero” digs deep, studies hard and fights back the only way he can, through a twisted legal system where justice truly can be blind. With likeable characters, hateable ( I know, not a word) characters and a plot that will make your head spin, the author has vividly depicted each emotion and scene so well, I smelled the sweat in prison.
Stains on the Gavel is NOT a light and fluffy read, but after the ground-laying and world building background, it takes off at a good pace. Do you like the tension and “itchy” feeling you get when you can see the truth, but you are helpless to jump into the book, scales of justice in hand and whomp the “system” over the head? Give this book a try! I swear, I wanted to bake Mark a cake, file included.
I received a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Sequel to: Pinned - A Kentucky True Crime
Original Publication Date: May 31, 2013 - Starshow Publications
Publisher: Paperback Version - Outskirts Press - August 8, 2013
Number of Pages (Kindle): 335
Genre: True Crime/Adult
Available from: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
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