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From a lawyer who got his real-life client off death row comes a thriller about an attorney who did not.

"Riveting . . . a stirring story" (Kirkus Reviews) of a tortured man's quest to right the scales of justice--by assassinating KKK murderers.

After witnessing his client's death in the gas chamber, attorney Gideon Roth is shattered. His career, marriage and life collapse
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Kindle Edition, 538 pages
Published March 14th 2019
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Linda
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, civil-rights
Mitchell Zimmerman has crafted a solid, suspenseful, and above all, thought-provoking drama about a civil rights lawyer struggling with questions of justice and accountability as he enters on a path to mete out punishment by his own hand. The action begins as protagonist Gideon Roth, a successful, late-career Silicon Valley lawyer who has been providing bro bono legal representation to a death row client, must witness the client's execution after all appeals have been unsuccessful. Roth is ...more
Elise Rosenhaupt
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend Mississippi Reckoning.

In this complex novel, several timelines dance around each other: We know a good deal about Gideon, the attorney, after we learn his history as a young man in the Civil Rights movement. And we travel, in the novel’s present, alongside Gideon as he sets out to deliver justice too long denied. We even come to understand Kareem, the murderer whose execution starts the novel. We understand Kareem because we learn his history, starting with his grandfather’s
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Danae Woods
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Danae by: Author | aalbc.com
"Mississippi Reckoning" sets a standard of attentiveness to the main character's viewpoints. However lethal his stance, Gideon justifies it in his own mind.
Joan
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author of this engrossing novel interweaves 2 stories about racism,
Poverty and violence in America.
One is about attorney Gideon Roth’s defense of Kareem, a black prisoner
on death row. Over the years, Kareem reveals how he was brutalized in his
youth and sustained brain damage. Although he is in prison for committing
a heinous crime, should he be executed or given a life sentence without
parole? Is being executed morally wrong? Does society condone revenge?
The other story takes Gideon back in
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Laura Foner
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This engrossing and haunting novel weaves together several key historical periods to tell the stories of two men: one (Kareem) facing death by execution for murder and one (Gideon) struggling with whether to commit murder as a way to rebalance the scales of justice. As we travel with Gideon on his moral and physical journey, we are asked to look at big questions of race, responsibility, guilt, revenge and redemption. Including elements of suspense, historical fiction, and road trip genres, ...more
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