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In Defense of Innocence

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In Defense of Innocence follows Janice Williams, head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Child Sex Crimes Division, as she hunts child abusers only to be beaten to their capture by a vigilante who avenges the harms done to these innocent children. When Janice uncovers the identity of the vigilante, she is faced with the dilemma to do her job to uphold the law or help t

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Published April 16th 2018 by Crave Press
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Candace Robinson
Wow! This book was gripping and a page turner! It had tough subject matter that reminds me that the real world can be way worse off for others than what I have to go through. The MC had a great voice and the writing was so well done! This was the second bool I read by Wickenden and I can’t wait to read more!
K.M. Pohlkamp
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Janice Williams' hunt for pedophiles is more than a job, it is her obsession. But limited by protocol and regulation, she is unable to keep up with a vigilante who vows to avenge children in ways Janice cannot. Now forced to protect those she has convicted, Janice’s resolve is further conflicted when it becomes clear the murderer has an inside connection.

The sensitive topic initially made me unsure about this book, but I loved every minute of this read and highly recommend the novel. The narrati
Arpan Ghosh
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The title of this book is so genuine. It is taken wisely as title. Behind the creation of this title, there must be a mastermind who has thought deeply to make it as the title. The title speaks everything if one notices it very calmly. It carries its own meaning. Any title should be like this to catch reader’s attention. Dave Wickenden has done a great job while keeping such kind of title for this book. I appreciate his thought. The cover of this book has been made with the help of ve
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was unable to access the internet for about a week because we had an issue with our connection. I was not able to work also. Good thing is I was able to read a few books. This is one of the books I read, which is a review request from an author. This is my first to read of this author. This book is probably the most difficult to read, if not, one of the most difficult ever. Difficult because of the subject that it tackles and its harsh realities. I had to rest after reading a few chapters and ...more
J.M. Sullivan
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to beta read Dave Wickenden's debut novel in Defense of Innocence, and wow! What a thriller. If you like action paced, suspenseful stories this one is for you!

In Defense of Innocence tells the tale of detective Janice Williams on the hunt for a renegade vigilante who has stepped into the spotlight by taking down high-profile child abusers. The story follows Janice as she pursues the vigilante, touching on her loyalty to her job, but also the conflict she faces as she comes to
Dawn Clifford
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Head of child sex crimes division Inspector Janice Williams and her team are hunting down child abusers in a quest to bring them to justice. With the laws that are in place the Government seem to be protecting the criminals more than the children. This doesn't sit well with anyone. When someone starts attacking the abusers before the police can get to them, they have to work out how they are getting the information of their every move. It's a race against time for Janice and her team to uncover
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a gripping tale that deals with heavy subject matter. Right away, I was drawn in by Janice and her quest to protect the innocent, but the characterization of all the players (even the villains) is spot on. The thriller elements showcase the author's expertise and knowledge while heightening the tension, and the moral quandaries set up by Wickenden had me turning pages to the end. Moreover, the book shines a light on a serious issue in the Canadian justice system, all the while avoiding a ...more
Dianne Gow
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best crime books I have read. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys a book that keeps you in suspense.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dave Wickenden is a Canadian author. His debut title deals with the politically charged subject of sexual abuse cases. The impact they have on the victims, families, communities, emergency workers, mental health workers and the frustration particularly in Canada surrounding the historical modest sentencing of these cases.

The author knows the material well and brings the reader into the complicated world of Inspector Janice Williams, of the RCMP's Child Exploitation Centre who is assigned to an e
R.J. Garcia
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Defense of Innocence is an unrelenting thriller, dealing with darkest matters. The protagonist Janice has a tough job working in the Child Sex Crimes Division. When she discovers the identity of the vigilante, she is faced with a dilemma. In our generation of superheroes adoration, a vigilante has appeal. The pitch alone had me. The writing and character development made this a memorable read. The suspense and twist and turns kept me turning pages.
Jan Andrea Day
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Non-Stop action novel is a must read. It has a couple of story lines that don’t confuse. They are streamlined quickly in a perfect fusion of tales. A refreshing Canadian setting and glimpses at Canadian history and culture. The story calls into question the ethical dilemma between Capital Punishment and Vigilantism. Canada is a peaceful country, however when they veil lifts, the human condition always prevails.
Loved it and can’t wait to read more David Wickenden!
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of all the books I've been drawn to, In defense of Innocence was different than others. As thrillers go it rang far more true to real life than expected, giving chills and wild dreams. To tackle what few will even admit occurs in real life was bold and brave, reading it made me see the news broadcast differently. From all the books I've read this was the first that I could see being turned into a great movie, the dialogue made it read like a script. Wonderful, intense and eye opening.
Jeffrey Shrigley
Thrilling, Captivating a must read. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. Starting the book in a prison captivated me from the start and was history from the. Dave’s work was incredible and I can’t wait to read his international thriller! Tough content sometimes but I loved it.
Huguette Larochelle
i love the book , what a story , full of action ,and hard to read about children's abuse. but well done .the hunt for the child abuser.
Deena Thomson
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this. Got sucked in first paragraph
Erica Stinson
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story follows Inspector Janice Williams of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Child Exploitation Center, who is an Olivia Benson of Law & Order Special Victims Unit type of character as she and her police partners are trying to get to the bottom of cases of child molestation/kidnapping of young children that are missing still.

The story is also somewhat told in an alternating format of an unknown assassin who has decided to seek justice against those who have committed these crimes, previo
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Dave Wickenden grabs life by the reins and doesn't let go. Before joining the Canadian Fire Service, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces. He's as comfortable with a rocket launcher as with a fire hose. His protagonists often find themselves enlisted as rescuers and crisis managers. Like them, Dave has knelt beside dead bodies. Using CPR and a defibrillator, he has saved six lives.

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