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.
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.
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 personally loved the book. it was a different kind of read then I normally select, and it surprised me that I was so into it. The narrator utilized each character in a special way that made me visualize the movie and settings of scenes.
Robert Bailey is an outstanding author. It's December and bar NONE McMurtrie and Drake Legal is the best series I've read all year! The suspense, the complex characters, and the twists and turns in the plot grabbed my attention from the beginning and never let go. You don't want to miss this series.
This book was an excellent epilogue to its predecessor, The Professor. While still a superb book in its own right, it also completes an awesome one-two punch in conjunction with the first book. These are the kinds of books that Grisham could only dream about writing. Bravo.
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