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Forced to Defend by Dwayne L. Taylor
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Sep 25, 2010

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Forced to Defend is a murder mystery set in California. A reporter from Miami turns up dead and the prime suspect is the ex-husband of the court-appointed attorney assigned to represent him. Dwayne L. Taylor starts out with a strong storyline but fails to deliver in many aspects. The plot never truly develops and in the end, this reader never received a plausible explanation for anything that takes place in the book. There were several contradictions, such as the prime suspect name was Kyle Stevens, yet the attorney (his ex-wife), was repeatedly referred to as Mrs. Gibson; although there was no indication, she remarried, and definitely did not have a man in her life (Things like this annoy me more than anything else). The attorney is a criminal defense attorney for youthful offenders but is assigned an adult capital murder case by a judge who holds a grudge that is never truly explained (Do judges actually assign cases to attorney’s). However, the biggest gaffes for me were in relation to the use of the FBI and LAPD. The FBI places a monitoring device on the suspect but all types of mayhem takes place without their knowledge. In one paragraph, it is told that they were not aware of a specific (and horrific) incident, yet, pages later, the agents explain their reaction to that same incident. The police detectives following the case are not assigned to it, but take it upon themselves to investigate. Throughout the book they are continuously, a day late and a dollar short, as the saying goes.

There is a side story that serves no useful purpose, other than page filler. At 214 pages, the side story could have been omitted and more done to strengthen the plot and make it more believable; in addition to following through on issues/topics introduced to the story but never developed. I love a good mystery but Alex Cross, this is not. Forced to Defend gets 3 stars for its potential. But sleuth lovers beware, this book will not quench your thirst.

Much Love,


Tracy L. Darity is the author of “He Loves Me He Loves Me Not!, and Love…Like Snow In Florida On a Hot Summer Day. For more information, please visit


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Reading Progress

September 25, 2010 – Started Reading
September 25, 2010 – Shelved
October 6, 2010 –
page 36
16.07% "Hhmmm...."
October 18, 2010 –
page 100
October 18, 2010 –
page 100
October 21, 2010 – Shelved as: tracy-s-book-club
October 21, 2010 – Finished Reading

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