Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Stains on the Gavel

The nightmare began in July of 2009. 

Mark Casey was arrested for crimes he did not commit. Now the battle begins between Mark and the good ‘ol boys of Kentucky. 

The odyssey that began for the main character in Pinned – A Kentucky True Crime, continues in Stains on the Gavel. This is book two of the ’Blue Grass’ Series, and details what some might call, Kentucky Injustice.

Mark’s highly paid lawyer thinks he is innocent. So do all his friends and family. Even the people in the community of Burkesville, Kentucky, with whom he has had dealings while frequenting some of the local establishments agree that what has happened to Mark sounds like a setup.

The lawyer for Mark’s defense has a track record of winning big lawsuits. This particular case is a big deal for a little rural town, where nothing much ever happens. 

The Prosecution has virtually no evidence against Mark and the case is built on speculation. And it's looking like an acquittal is the logical outcome.

But remember, this is southern Kentucky, where the rules are sometimes made up on the fly, and money as always, carries a lot of weight. Our character is about to find that even in the bible-belt, not everybody lives by the Golden Rule, and sometimes personal gain can outweigh the obvious call for justice. 

Stains on the Gavel starts up on the day of Mark’s jury trial and sequentially details the actions and reactions of the characters involved. This true story is rife with backroom deals and corruption by public officials, whose only agenda is their own personal gain.

Mr. Massie has done a great job in his writing, the novel is an easy and Massie keeps his audience captivated.  One thing for certain, this is NOT a Christian novel, but a good read none the less.  It contains foul language and situations I think are immoral to the Christian lifestyle.  

I think too, that the reader should come away with is, not to search on Craigs list for a life partner, that is something one must give to God, and let Him be in control.

I like that Mr. Massie has given a summary of the previous book in the forward, so that you can get an idea of where you are in the second book.  

 I received this book free from the Author . I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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