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Deadly Sacrifice
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Published: May 1, 1999
ISBN: 188547878X
ISBN13: 9781885478788
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 255
When the corpse of a seven-month-old infant was discovered in the ashes of a black parishioners’ torched church in Purdy, lawyer Vernon King decides to defend the man accused of the crime. After the FBI arrests Vernon’s neighbor; the dairy farmer Bill Wall for arson, King takes the case, although he’s had little trial experience. He’s soon horrified by the FBI agents’ overt dislike of Southerners, and with the help of a former high school classmate and federal agent, he sets out to uncover the truth. Kean, an attorney who has worked as a government investigator, provides thorough descriptions of the trial proceedings and agency investigations, but he is unable to fashion his material into a suspenseful narrative.

The very first thing that came into my head when I finished reading this book is why. The book kept me wondering why did it happen, why did someone has to die, and a couple of more whys. But putting the whys aside, this book specifically tells the reader that race relations is still a big issue, and it also tells us that friendship and protective family ties is way important than any other things.

I am not a big fan of court trials, maybe because I was introduced to an exaggerating court trial scenes in Filipino movies when I was little—which kind of includes shouting from the attorneys to somewhat maybe frighten the ones being questioned? But here in Deadly Sacrifice, Kean made it possible for the readers to visualize each and every scenes. I also kind of enjoyed the questions Vernon and Lincoln asked during the trial and their showdown as attorneys of the defendant and prosecutor.

The sudden turn of events is also quite shocking. There are times when I wasn’t expecting things to happen, which is a bit of surprise especially after they have won the trial. The violence didn’t stop from burning down a black parishoners' church and finding a dead infant among the rubble and ashes—in fact, it was only the beginning. Little did I know that more blood shed is yet to come in the following chapters of the book, to finish it off. That’s where I was left asking myself the whys. And there I was able to understand the title Deadly Sacrifice—the love of a father, the protection he can give to his family in able to keep them safe, is rather a selfless love than a sacrifice itself.

4.2Overall Score

Deadly Sacrifice

The very first thing that came into my head when I finished reading this book is why. The book kept me wondering why did it happen, why did someone has to die, and a couple of more whys. But ...

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Read From: June 4 - 6, 2018 (Re-read)

About the Author

Jack Kean is currently a freelance journalist who frequently writes humorous and nostalgia pieces as well as articles of general interest. He has been published in Good Dog, Back Porch, and Wry Bred magazines. His work has appeared in Southern Owned and Southern Operated, a quarterly journal. In addition, he is a regular contributor to the Starkville Daily News and West Point Shopper News. He won the Aspiring Writer non-fiction award for 1996. He has completed two novels and is working on a third.

Mr. Kean began a career in law enforcement in 1974 as a United States Postal Inspector. He joined the United States Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General in 1978. Beginning in 1984, he served as a Regional Inspector General of the Atlanta Region which included eight states. From 1994 until his retirement in 1996, he served as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General (DAIG), directing nationwide program fraud investigations.

Mr. Kean received a B.S. degree from Mississippi State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

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