THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE! Every day innocent citizens are accused of crimes they did not commit . . . some fall further through the cracks of justice into the dark crevasse of wrongful convictions and incarcerations . . . how can this happen? Know how to protect yourself.
Higuera explains the pitfalls of the criminal justice system and why defense investigation is essential in every criminal case . . . even when the client confessed!
Author and Licensed Private Investigator April Higuera takes you behind the scenes of her actual investigations of multiple high-profile homicide cases for defense. Along the way, you’ll join her in uncovering evidence of innocence and corruption. April lays out the evidence against the accused and her own journey through “the system” as she helps defend otherwise average citizens who are accused of heinous, violent crimes.
Her accounts are TRUE!
Read about these cases:
• Max Roybal: A wife’s jawbone is delivered in a Tupperware container to a local TV station with a map to locate her remains.
• Hope Schreiner: A 73-year-old grandmother is convicted of bludgeoning her husband to death in their driveway with a potato hoe.
• Sedley Alley: The infamous rape-murder of a 19-year-old Marine cadet, who is the daughter of a U.S. Ambassador.
I so badly want to give this book a glowing, 5-star review. Books like this one are a vital part of provoking thought, initiating conversation, and, with some luck, creating change within our judicial system. But I have to be honest and say this book just didn’t grab me the way it could have.
I’ll start with the good stuff. The author’s personal experience gives readers an inside look at the truth of our so-called justice system. April Higuera didn’t begin her career with an agenda. If anything, she admits to an initial bias in favor of the workings of our legal system. Her career path became a revelation for her, and with this book she shares her awakening to the ambiguities of truth and law, guilt and innocence. Her stories bring us inside the complex and often skewed world of criminal justice, providing a view most of us would otherwise never see.
I started out a believer in the justice system: I believed that cops were good, that attorneys did the right thing, that people cared, and that convicted persons were guilty. I no longer believe.
Now the not-so-good stuff, from my perspective. The writing is much more tell than show. Despite content that should have yanked my emotions, I didn’t feel a whole lot of anything. The author tells us about her outrage. Many times she tells us that she feels empathy for clients and victims. But I didn’t experience any of those emotions within her storytelling. I’ve read books of this nature that made me physically ache. I wanted that with this book.
The ugliness of human nature – greed, lethargy, apathy, and bias – all seriously compromise the potential for a true and just legal system.
The other problem I had was that the content often became repetitive. The author reiterates facts previously stated and repeats details from cases already discussed. This takes away from the straight forward flow of the storytelling, and is mostly unnecessary.
There are actual facts and there are “trial facts.” Trial facts are the bits of information allowed into a trial, and they are rarely if ever all of the actual facts of a case.
While I can’t say this is one of the best books I’ve read on this topic, it is certainly worth reading. And if you’ve yet to delve into the truth behind our (in)justice system, this book is a great place to start.
*I received an ebook copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.*
Thanks for reading. 🙂