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The Slender Reed

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A career prosecutor suddenly finds himself thrust into the world of dirty politics when his boss resigns to accept a judgeship. He readily finds that the ruling political machine has created a system where any opposition finds itself either in prison or forever disgraced. He must shortly choose between the ethics which have guided his career thus far and actions which woul...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Inkwater Press (first published December 2nd 2011)
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John Cassell
I wrote this book. It was by far the shortest and definitely the quickest novel I have ever written.

On New Year's Edward A. Cranford's stimulating, satisfying position as a career prosecutor comes abruptly to an end when he succeeds to the office of State's Attorney following his boss' resignation to accept a judgeship.

His elevation to the number one position now places him in direct conflict with a political machine which has weilded absolute power in this county for four generations. For the r...more
I received this book from Library Thing to read and review. This is a rather short book that moves quickly through a short period of time, during which the newly minted State’s Attorney, Ed Cranford, fights a small-town political machine. However, the setting can be anywhere, whether a large town or small. The fight would be the same. The book moves quickly and is very focused. There a number of characters who are introduced quickly who become key players in the story. As I read the book, I kept...more
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The arts have always played a role in John Cassell's life. His mother was a fashion model, additionally finding self expression in oils and sculpture. His dad was one of the pioneers of television, supplemented as well by summer stock and radio. John's first job was as a radio personality. For twenty-five years he was a prosecutor with over 100 felony jury trials to his credit before focusing his...more
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