The mid-60s were a turbulent time. The JFK assassination, Robert Kennedy’s death a year or two later, and the civil rights movement all contributed to a coming change to American culture. And in that era a murder takes place in the midst of a civil rights parade - a murder witnessed by two four year old girls and a father. Now, the man convicted of the crime asks the father, a retired FBI agent, for help proving his innocence, even as the date for his death sentence has been set.
As they begin to track the details, old hurts, old betrayals, and old adversaries seem ready to stand in the way. Before the truth could be found, the daughter and the father had to find a way to work through the pain they had felt years before when her father and mother had divorced. Forgiveness needed to be offered - so the two could work together to arrive at the facts that would free Leonard Dubois for a crime he did not commit.
The story and writing held my interest from beginning to end - I could not put it down. As I passed the 80% mark in my reading, I was determined to not go to bed until I reached the end of the story. The book becomes all the more meaningful as the author fills in her and her dad’s back stories - she a retired federal prosecutor; he a retired FBI agent that worked along with the Warren Commission to explore the facts behind the JFK assassination. I cannot wait to see a paper copy of the book to see the snapshots (not included in my preview copy) that helped Lis Wiehl pull together a believable story that is worth the time spent reading from cover to cover.
This review is based on a free electronic copy of the book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.