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Absolution is the story of Maggie Delaney, an idealistic wife and mother whose world implodes when her husband Richard is murdered in a botched convenience-store robbery. To her horror, Maggie learns the shooting may not have been an accident.

When she attempts to find out what really happened, her search leads her back to her Carolina roots and through the streets of 1960s

Hardcover, 318 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Novello Festival Press
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Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
50 pages in and I'm likin' this. I like the writing style. I am enjoying the travels through Charlotte. Recognize some places. Love it when that happens. Interesting plot! Carry on.....
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I thought it was very well written. The story is about a woman who becomes a widow after her husband is shot in a drugstore. The prosecuting attorney assures Maggie the trial will be a slamdunk but when the defense attorney turns out to be a controversial blast from her p
Mary Moore
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
ABSOLUTION is absolutely wonderful. The story involves a woman, Maggie Delaney, whose husband is shot in a botched robbery/confrontation in a drug store. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that this incident is much more complicated than it first seems. To get to the bottom of it, Maggie must revisit her own past as an anti-war war protestor and her husband's experience in Vietnam. The author does a masterful job of slowly revealing key details, with suspense and surprising twists along the ...more
Steve Lindahl
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolution is the best baby boomer book I've read in a long time. Miriam Herin has captured the internal turmoil our generation went through during the Vietnam war era and still live with all these years later.

The novel opens with the killing of Richard Delaney by Anh Dung “Billy” Nguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant, in what appears to be a botched robbery of a drug store. There is no question about Billy's identity. The case is turned over to Adam Borstein, an assistant district attorney. The prosec
Terri Dowell-dennis
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I know Miriam Herrin, and am delighted to say I could not stop reading this book! It's a compelling story and all aspects--from the Boston courtroom scenes to the events that take place in the jungles of Vietnam--are well researched and richly portrayed.
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pretty exciting to read a novel written by an old college mate! She totally captures life in the Vietnam era! A really good read!
Donna E Bowers
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth the read

Good book, sad story. The characters were well written, real and convincing. Some I liked some i did not, same as real life. The mystery unravels slowly, but quick enough to keep the story going.
Debbie Maskus
Dec 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Another book for a book club, this one is for a Southern literature club. I do not readily see the Southern background, except Maggie is from North Carolina. The story revolves around the accidental killing of Richard Delaney, in a drugstore, 30 years after the war in Viet Nam. In the course of the trial of the Vietnamese boy who killed Richard, the story flashbacks to the era of the 1960's. The story is very compelling with much treachery, loyality, and bravery. Many of the events I did not lik ...more
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Overall this book was an enjoyable read. It seemed a little slow in the beginning but I'm not sure if that was just a result of my not having much time to devote to reading it or because the beginning left me with a feeling of not knowing what was going on. The storyline became very clear soon enough and I was easily able to get into the book then. Despite the fact that my fondness for the main character diminished slightly as details were revealed, I do not feel that the time I devoted to this ...more
Donna Peake
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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wAR IS hELL even when it is finished. 2 people who are married do not talk about the war and things that happened during the War. Flashbacks happen many years after the War.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thought provoking and a good book.
RoseMary Achey
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Story of a man's murder and his wife's efforts to determine what happened 30 years prior. Laborious at parts.

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Author of two award-winning novels, ABSOLUTION and A STONE FOR BREAD, several award-winning short stories.

Born in Miami, Florida, attended elementary school and two years of Junior High, moved to Arlington, Virginia. Fell in love with its proximity to D.C.

Worked as a clerk-typist at the Office of Education four summers during college, spending lunch hours in D.C's National Gallery of Art and Smi

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