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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  4 reviews
After young lawyer Jess London murders his loathesome brother-in-law in a small American town, he makes a full confession. But no one believes him. He retracts his statement. As the story unfolds, he's soon under arrest and must now prove his innocence. "A very ingenious tale of murder," said Jacques Barzun. The Saturday Review applauded the novel for its "originality."
Paperback, 338 pages
Published September 1st 1980 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1950)
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It's hard to find and hard to write a good mystery, esp if you like the stand-alone kind, ie, not part of a detective series. Written in the '40s, here's a dandy set amid Smalltown, US, where booze and smokin' dominant bored lives. In a "lost moment" a young lawyer kills his sister's husband. At trial he turns Truth upside down which gets him an innocent verdict. We follow every step, which makes for the fascination. What is Truth anyway ?
I read this after it was recomended in “Booked to Die”
I liked it
It is in two definite parts. The first Jess London our main character kills his brother in Law and the following week. In the second half he defends himself in court and builds a case of reasonable doubt.
Written in the 40’s it is amazing how much drining and smoking was a part of life and mentioned.
At times, especially in the first part our main charactter has some unlikeable aspects.
He writes well has some great phrases and desc
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Written by the father of Sue Grafton
A bit dated but enjoyable
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