Clay Edison is a Coroner’s investigator for Alameda County. He used to be a basketball star at Cal before his knee blew out. He responds to the death of a former professor at Cal who was involved in a scandal years before. The professor’s daughter thinks it was foul play and wants Clay to investigate. He does. And what he finds is something he did not expect.
It has been years since I read anything by Jonathon Kellerman. I used to read the Alex Delaware series, but gave up some years ago. Not because they were bad. But because i just stopped reading them. Alex Delaware does have a cameo in this book. And it was like running into an old friend i hadn’t seen in a long time. The writing was easy, flawless.
I really liked this book and I hope that there is more to come from Clay Edison. He’s basically a good guy and he’s trying to do right by the professor’s daughter. He also comes to discovery some things about himself in the process. I liked Clay because he was human. He has his faults and they aren’t sugarcoated. This was an interesting crime novel with plot twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. Nothing along the lines of Gone Girl, but perfect for the story.
If you are looking for a new mystery series or a new character to follow, I recommend this book. It is well worth your time.
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Convicted tells the story of Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins. Jameel got a ride with an acquaintance to a store to get milk for his son. He was arrested and convicted of being a drug dealer when he was truly in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was arrested by Andrew Collins, a crooked cop. Eventually Collins got caught. Both McGee and Collins went to prison. They met up again after they both got out. This book is their stories, told in alternating chapters – one from Jameel’s point of view and one from Andrew’s.
I liked this book because it was truly a story of redemption and forgiveness. Both men were earnest forming a friendship and being able to walk away from their past. It also made me sad because I have a feeling this type of thing happens a lot more than any of us would be willing to admit. A dirty cop framing an innocent man.
While the state of policing in this country wasn’t the main theme of this book, it sits front and center through most of the story. And it really made me think about being a person of color in a society where it doesn’t matter how good you are – if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, you have to prove you’re innocent rather than being presumed innocent. For me, having gone to law school and believing in our form of government and justice, that is a bitter pill to swallow. It also made me think that we need to seriously look, not only at criminal justice reform, but at how we treat minorities and people of color in general. This book definitely provided a lot of food for thought.
I recommend this book.