Justice for the Black Knight, an explosive legal thriller, is a story of relationships wrapped in a dark mystery from the distant past that holds the key to the salvation of an African American man on trial for his life. As a child, Freddie Edwards created an alter-ego, the Black Knight, who vowed to fight injustice in all forms. Freddie attempted to live up to that ideal all of his life, but years later he finds himself accused of the brutal murder of a well-respected elderly white man, represented by an incompetent lawyer, and facing death in the electric chair. His sister Ruby and their childhood friend Annabelle are reunited at his trial where they begin an exploration into the past to find evidence that will prove Freddie to be a hero instead of a villain, his only chance to escape execution. Their journey brings to light the impact race may have on the system designed to provide justice, and a hopeful portrait of life free of the disease of racism. This novel was recognized by Kirkus as one of the best novels of 2014, won the Beverly Hills Book Award for Best Legal Thriller, and was a finalist for Best African American Literature in the Indie Book Awards.
During her thirty year career as a trial and appellate attorney, award winning author Jerri Blair litigated many high profiles cases involving her clients’ fundamental rights, some of which had a significant impact on the law. Her books reflect the reality of courtroom tactics and the intricacy of legal procedure, as well as her life experiences growing up in the segregated South and her fight for justice in the courtroom, sometimes all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Since retiring from the practice of law, Ms. Blair has spent all of her time writing. She has published four novels including Justice for the Black Knight, Black and White, Choices, and Living and Dying in the Rainbow Light.