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Bronx Justice (Jaywalker #2)
It is the late 1970s and criminal defense attorney Harrison J. Walker, better known as Jaywalker for his rebellious tactics, is struggling to build his own practice when he receives a call from a desperate mother. Her son, Darren Kingston, has been arrested for raping five white women in Castle Hill, an area of the Bronx long forgotten by the city.
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Mira
(first published 2009)
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Good read - true story. The author was the lawyer. He changed the dates and names, but used the trial transcripts verbatim. Interesting story if an innocent person being tried and convicted by a jury of his peers. It took two years and a lot of diligence by the attorney who wouldn't quit to get the conviction set aside after the guilty party was found.
I read this book based on the recommendation of a friend and I thought it was pretty good. I liked that it was a true story and that everything that happened was really part of a real-life rape case, except for the names and dates being changed. Joseph Teller's retelling of a case that he really was a part of was interesting and sometimes pulled at my heartstrings. The only thing that was upsetting to me, besides the fact that the man was wrongly accused, was that the narrator, who happened to b ...more
If you like courtroom dramas you will probably like this book. the main character Jaywalker invites the reader to live his life and share his doubts about his recent case. A former client is arrested for the rape of two women and the attempted rape of another 2 more women. He claims his innocence time and time again but there isn't an alibi, witness, or a piece of evidence to back him up. As the court date approaches Jaywalker tries several different approaches to quell his doubts about his clie ...more
Even though this was a true story, sadly, that did not redeem it from being an incredibly slow and unenlightening read. The vast majority of the book read like a straight court trial procedural, and while you sympathized with the attorney and his client, the book never had any action that really drew the reader in. It was interesting to learn about the changes in law and trial procedures and criminal investigative techniques. Other than that, it was tough to stick with this book. I think if ther ...more
I found this non-fiction turned fiction book a little hard to get into. There were huge paragraphs of explanations of the law, and even larger duller explanations of how Jaywalker viewed thoughts, the law system and life itself. I expected a faster paced tale as the case itself was a really interesting one.
Joseph Teller was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio and the University of Michigan Law School. He returned to New York City, where he spent three years as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (the precursor of the Drug Enforcement Administration), doing undercover work. For the next 35 years, he worked as a criminal defense attorney, repres ...moreMore about Joseph Teller...