In 1966 in Pulaski, Tennessee, Bocephus Haynes watched in horror as his father was brutally murdered by 10 local members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an African American lawyer practicing in the birthplace of the Klan years later, Bo has spent his life pursuing justice in his father's name. But when Andy Walton, the man believed to have led the lynch mob 45 years earlier, ends up murdered in the same spot as Bo's father, Bo becomes the prime suspect.
Retired law professor Tom McMurtrie, Bo's former teacher and friend, is a year removed from returning to the courtroom. Now McMurtrie and his headstrong partner, Rick Drake, must defend Bo on charges of capital murder while hunting for Andy Walton's true killer. In a courtroom clash that will put their reputations and lives at stake, can McMurtrie and Drake release Bo from a lifetime of despair? Or will justice remain hidden somewhere between black and white?
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I am an avid eclectic reader.
I had enjoyed Bailey’s prior book “The Professor” so I could hardly wait for his next book to be published. Bailey is a top notch new author.
In this book we have the key characters from “The Professor” back in court. I think the reader will enjoy this book more if they have read “The Professor” first. The aging law professor, Tom McMurtrie, and his former student, Rick Drake, are representing McMurtrie’s longtime friend and fellow attorney, Bocephus Haynes. Bo has been charged with the murder of Andrew Davis Walton. Walton was the Imperial Wizard of the Tennessee Knights of the KKK. The story takes place in Pulaski, Tennessee the birthplace of the KKK. Walton and his fellow Klansmen lynched Bo’s father when he was five years old. Bo watched the whole thing and became a lawyer in his lifelong attempt to bring Walton to justice for the killing of his father. Needless to say Bo is black and Walton is white. On the 45th anniversary of the lynching of Bo’s father, Walton was killed. Walton was dying of cancer and had decided to turn himself in for the lynching. Drake and McMurtrie attempt to solve the murder while defending Bo.
Bailey has created a classic legal thriller but has also created something different with surprising twists and turns. The ending is a surprise. The book is extremely well written; the pace is fast. There are dramatic courtroom scenes. The book is an edge-of-the-seat story. The characters are well-drawn and likable.
Eric G. Dove does an excellent job narrating the book. Dove is an award winning audiobook narrator. He is a southerner and the accent is perfect with the story.
Emotional rollercoaster. Gripping. Write more, Robert Bailey. I'm buying on sight. Wow. I appreciate how you handled a touchy subject. several in fact. Masterfully crafted piece of work!
Superb reading with twists and turns at every chapter. Life throws curve balls you just have to clear your mind, rethink your actions and live a mighty long time. Allow forgiveness
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Between Black and White is a compelling legal thriller dealing with race relations. However, it is not quite as good as The Professor which was Book 1 in the McMurtrie & Drake legal thriller series. Worship of the University of Alabama football program and coach Paul "Bear" Bryant has gotten to be a bit much. Nevertheless, this is an outstanding legal thriller which I recommend. Eric G Dove does a superb job as narrator. This is a very worthwhile series.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This is a very good story and a worthy follow-on to "The Professor ". (I highly recommend reading the books in order.). This story revolves around a lynching that occurred back in the time when the South actively discriminated against people of colour and the KKK, the ultimate gang of cowards, took matters into their own hands to dispense "justice". Mr. Bailey does a nice job weaving a tale that recalls those sad times, and at the same time reveals how people can change over time. There are a number of unexpected twists and turns that really make this an enjoyable read and will keep your attention.
Eric G. Dove was outstanding with the delivery of the story
This legal thriller is about race relations and murder with twists and turns that are unexpected...Yes, there are a few foreshadowing scenes that the listener can easily guess what's coming but that does not take away from the enjoyment of the story... This is a good, hard-to-put-down story. If you don't like the "N" word being read, you may dislike this story but the "N" word was not used often but only at a few key moments in the story.
As described in the Publisher's Summary, this story is about the hunt for a murderer....actually in this story, there are two "primary" murders and a couple of more for good measure. The character development is good....my favorite character is RayRay. I liked RayRay for his colorful personality which provided some relief from the suspense and seriousness of the storyline.
The ending was a surprise but if you pay close attention there is one clue given straight out by one of the characters.... "it's right under your nose." The ending had a couple of major twists that hit 7.0 on the richter scale of surprise.
I like the narrator even though he cannot provide a passable woman's voice, but he performs really well.
It's not often that a sequel is better or as good as the original but Between Black and White was better than The Professor. Twists and turns all throughout the book. It's a must read!!
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