This dramatic legal thriller examines the impact of racism on the judicial system. Brilliant young trial attorney J.T. Lockman is appointed to represent an African American man accused of murdering a wealthy white man in a county where the Klan has ruled supreme for many years. His client, Lindsey Wilkens, is a proud family man believed by many to be innocent of the crime with which he’s been charged. J.T. is faced with the ultimate challenge for any trial attorney, defending an innocent man from the possibility of death by electrocution. Even worse, the racially charged atmosphere where the trial is to occur could mean death for his client even if the evidence is found to be faulty and insufficient to prove death beyond a reasonable doubt. Lindsey fears he won’t even make it to the trial when he’s placed in the bowels of a jailhouse run by the sheriff whose reputation is what gives the county its shameful notoriety. J.T. embraces the chance to right what he considers a terrible wrong, but he faces the wrath of public opinion, as well as the anger of his friends, family, and the woman he loves as he takes on the establishment of the county. His courtroom battle brings to the surface the many ghosts of its racist and violent past. As the case unravels, he must also come to terms with his own past if he will have any chance to save his relationship with the first woman he’s ever really loved. This is a book that makes us face the reality of our past, but carries within its pages a hope for a future where we, as a society, may be able to move beyond the disease of racism, although the journey may destroy the lives of many along the way.
During her thirty year career as a trial and appellate attorney, award winning author Jerri Blair litigated many high profiles cases that made headlines around the world. 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 judicial system. Ms. Blair’s first novel, Justice for the Black Knight, received critical acclaim from Kirkus Reviews and other literary publications. It was awarded the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award for Best Legal Thriller. She has published five other books including three novels, a book of short stories, and a sports memoir. One of her short stories was published in the Scarlet Leaf Review. She has also been published in the ABA Journal. She focuses her writing on issues that impact the search for justice and equal opportunity in the modern w