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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"A Page Turner"
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.
"Not quite 5 stars!"
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 gotta stop crying so I can Type!!"
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!
"This series just gets better..."
Mr. Bailey's writing and storytelling is great! The Professor was very good, but this book is even better! Highly recommend!!!
"Between black and white"
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
"The Clue Is 'Right Under Your Nose'....."
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.
"Great story and characters"
Can't wait for a third book by Mr Bailey. The book kept me up all night waiting for the ending. It was a great story!
"Mr. Grisham, thank you for your service."
There is a new king of the legal thrillers. Meet Mr. Robert Bailey, author of the professor and between black-and-white. After finishing the professor a couple of weeks ago, I decided to listen to another book and save between black-and-white for another time. But I couldn't wait, I just finished between black-and-white the second in the series and incredibly, it was better than the professor. Mr. Bailey's clear, concise and intriguing writing, Coupled with his colorful characters, have resulted in two of the best legal thrillers I've read. Right up there with a time to kill and sycamore row. I can only hope that Robert Bailey says goodbye to the legal profession and begins writing legal thrillers full-time.
I found this book to be an excellent story. My only unfavorable comments are the authors constant reference to Alabama football and Bear Bryant. Enough already. Secondly I don't find the Professor character that interesting. I picture an old man with glasses drinking prune juice. Rick Drake would be a much more interesting lead character. The narration was excellent with one exception . Although reading the book this would not be an issue, in narration I found the characters of Bo and Jim Bone to sound too familiar especially when the narrator referred to him as Bone. It took my 1/4th of the book until I figured out they were different characters. Overall an excellent book and story.
Yes, a bit like Grisham....I am pretty sure Bailey must be a University of Alabama lawyer... you know these Crimson Tide loyalists are as bad or worse than Vols... so this would be a great gift for your U of A alumni friends. Doesn't hurt that it's good writing too!
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