by C.L. Tolbert
June 1-30, 2021 Tour
When two men are murdered one muggy September night in a New Orleans housing project, an eye witness identifies only one suspect - Louis Bishop- a homeless sixteen-year old. Louis is arrested the next day and thrown into Orleans Parish Prison. Emma Thornton, a law professor and director of the Homeless Law Clinic at St. Stanislaus Law School in the city agrees to represent him.
When they take on the case, Emma and her students discover a tangle of corruption, intrigue, and more violence than they would have thought possible, even in New Orleans. They uncover secrets about the night of the murders, and illegal dealings in the city, and within Louis’s family. As the case progresses, Emma and her family are thrown into a series of life-threating situations. But in the end, Emma gains Louis’s trust, which allows him to reveal his last, and most vital secret.
“With The Redemption, Cynthia Tolbert delivers another beautifully written and compelling read in her Thornton Mystery series, as law professor Emma Thornton’s fight to save a teen wrongly accused of murder endangers her own life in this gripping tale of corruption and crime in the 1990s Big Easy.”
Ellen Byron, Agatha Award Winning Author of the Cajun Country Mysteries
This is one of the better legal thrillers I have read. It is a good combination of engaging characters, informative plot, and interesting setting. Emma, law school professor, is a good heroine. She cares about a young man accused of murder. I appreciate her convincing the dean to allow her and some of her students to be involved in the defense.
That a law professor is involved in defending an accused murderer is what makes the novel so informative. Emma uses the case as a teaching opportunity and we get to learn about procedure right along with her law school students. I found it very interesting to see how evidence is gathered and how accurate information is pried out of reluctant witnesses.
Tolbert introduced me to an area of New Orleans plagued with crime and crooked police. Much of the crime involved teens and it was interesting to read about brain development in teens and how they can be manipulated by powerful but evil people.
I have a pet peeve about heroines getting into suspenseful situations because of making thoughtless decisions. That happened here when Emma went to an isolated wharf by herself after her apartment had been ransacked and her life endangered. Of course, there by herself, suspense ensued.
This is an entertaining and informative legal thriller. It really gives the flavor of a community in need of a woman committed to helping defend those wrongly accused. I'm glad Emma was on the job.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: February 9th 2021
Number of Pages: 286
Series:Thornton Mysteries, Book 2 || Each is a Stand Alone Mystery
Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads
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Cynthia has a Master’s in Special Education and taught children with learning disabilities for ten years before moving on to law school. She spent most of her legal career working as defense counsel to large corporations and traveled throughout the country as regional and national counsel. She also had the unique opportunity of teaching third-year law students in a clinical program at a law school in New Orleans where she ran the Homeless Law Clinic and learned, first hand, about poverty in that city. She retired after more than thirty years of practicing law. The experiences and impressions she has collected from the past forty years contribute to the stories she writes today. Cynthia has four children, and three grandchildren, and lives in Atlanta with her husband and schnauzer.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)