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Summary

A highly relevant and gripping novel that challenges us to ask what it means to forgive while seeking justice and to pursue reconciliation while loving others as ourselves.

Adisa Johnson is living her dream of practicing law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then a split-second mistake changes the course of her career. 

Left with no other options, Adisa returns to her hometown, where, a few days earlier, a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen who is now lying comatose in the hospital. 

Adisa is itching to jump into the fight as a special prosecutor but feels pulled to do what she considers unthinkable as a young black woman — defend the officer. 

As the court case unfolds, everyone in the small community must confront their own prejudices. Caught in the middle, Adisa also tries to chart her way along a path complicated by her budding relationship with a charismatic young preacher who leads the local movement demanding the police officer answer for his crime. 

In a small Georgia town where racial tensions run high and lives are at stake, can one lawyer stand up for justice against the tides of prejudice?

A stand-alone legal drama

Book length: approximately 120,000 words

Includes discussion questions for book clubs 

©2017 Robert Whitlow (P)2017 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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  • beverly shilling
  • 28-02-18

Good book, poor reader.

This is a book delving into race relations with a unique christian twist.
Though content is good and characters are well developed, the reader does a poor job in every aspect necessary to distinguish and develop those characters. We almost stopped the book due to the readers utter lack oif ability to bring the characters to life and do the author's work justice,
but decided to hang in there. Glad we did, but beware, the reader throws his lines away at every opportunity. Not sure how this reader was selected for a Robert Whitlow book.
You will have to work around the reader too enjoy this books worthy content--he is actually a distraction.

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  • Christine Whitaker
  • 13-01-18

Couldn’t finish

I enjoyed the story, I’ll get it in book form to read. But the narration was so poor I just couldn’t listen anymore. The narrator was rather sing-songy and because he didn’t change his voice at all it was sometimes difficult to know which character was speaking in a conversation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-18

my favorite author

loved the story. the narrator was a little cheesy though. a little inflection would be nice, his delivery lacked depth and character

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  • sdtabis5
  • 20-02-19

Will read the printed version

I really enjoy Robert Whitlow books, unfortunately I had to return the audio version as the narrator did not exude the story. During action scenes you would think the cops are talking to each other from lounge chairs on a beach. No voice differentiation for different characters and while not monotone, the story itself was flat and did not express action, concern, anger...simply reading words on a page. Made it to the second chapter then decided I would read the Kindle version instead and forgo the audio presentation. If you appreciate a good narration I’d suggest skipping this one.

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  • JCM
  • 01-02-18

Fair to middling

The first hour and last hour were really the most informative portions of this book. The story line is something you read about every day in the news unfortunately. I am not a fan of the narrator at all. He is very boring. I really to make myself finish listening to this.

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  • vince mccormack
  • 04-10-17

Great and very relevant book

This was a great book! My wife discovered Robert Whitlow years ago and we have enjoyed his story telling ever since.
This is the best book I've listened to recently! The Lord is not hidden in this novel as in too many Christian novels. His presence in the every day lives of the characters is true to life.

Also the racial attitudes and prejudices of the characters are frustratingly real and deep rooted. These are not racists, but just ordinary people seeking the truth about the events which open the book.

It so captured my heart that I listened every time I got a chance! Better than tv!

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  • Dr. R
  • 03-05-21

Unexpected but delightful ending

I thought the story was exceptional. I am a black man and I think Whitlow did a good job describing how black people with different perspectives would react to a police shooting of an unarmed black teen. As with any Whitlow book, expect detail descriptions of Southern cuisine.

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  • Grandma12
  • 05-01-20

Another good one by Whitlow

I have very mixed emotions early on as did most of the characters in this book. This one contains mystery, drama, race relations, romance and faith. The ending was very good and quite a surprise.

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  • Judy E Meyer
  • 08-10-19

Great book!

What an amazing book on the power of forgiveness and love that only God can give! Dealt with social injustices in an honest way.

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  • Chris
  • 06-09-19

Horrible, Horrible Narrator

I really like Robert Whitlow stories for numerous reasons; that is why I gritted my teeth and painfully bore the awful narration by Heath McClure. This narrator turns the details of an otherwise good story into a cold pile of lumpy mashed potatoes. Seriously folks, this narrator is that bad.

I tried several titles of Whitlow, even though I knew Heath McClure was the narrator. My hope was that the narrator would improve his skill somewhat. No such luck - this guy not only didn't improved, I think he got worse.

I will NEVER NEVER NEVER purchase another book with Heath McClure as the narrator.

I'm returning this book as well - good story, but a narrator that totally robs you of a good experience.