I am very excited to be today’s stop on Titan Books’ blog tour for Two Lost Boys and I wish the author a fantastic publication day!
Title: Two Lost Boys
Author: L. F. Robertson
Publisher: Titan Books
Date of publication: May 16th 2017
Number of pages: 352
Janet Moodie has spent years as a death row appeals attorney. Over-worked, underpaid, and recently widowed, she’s had her fill of hopeless cases, and is determined that this will be her last. Her client is Marion ‘Andy’ Hardy, convicted fifteen years ago along with his brother Emory of kidnapping, rape and murder of two prostitutes, but Janet discovers a series of errors made by his previous lawyers. Andy may well be guilty of something, but what?
Legal thriller. The name has a stern sound to it. The name of the genre lures you into thinking you are in for info-dumping, incomprehensible legalese, court drama that doesn’t have the same impact on a page than on a TV screen, and a bunch of sharks fighting to win. When the words “legal thriller” leave my lips, I can see the other party in the conversation pinch their lips together. Why doesn’t she reads Kinsella instead so we can chat about something good?
But legal thrillers can be good! Legal thrillers don’t have to scare you to die a slow and boring death trying to remember which article states that any breach into the forensic process can open the door to the evidence being denied in court.
Did I lose you here? I’m confident the author can win you back!!!
My point is yes, law is a heavy subject and people dealing with it on a daily basis have huge brains (and often the equally huge ego) but law is all around us and we don’t even notice it. Contracts, family inheritance, everything is law. I’m quoting a teacher here, but he was right. We don’t notice it until we’re thrown into its arms and into the system.
That’s what happened to Andy.
Andy was sentenced to death penalty and has been waiting for a very long time. I won’t get into the details because the books does it very well and makes the very complicated maze of procedures understandable to everyone. I mean it. It might even start your love for legal cases! This is why I loved this story so much.
You don’t get to meet a lot of sharks with Hugo Boss costumes (yes, I’m referencing to Suits here, corporate law is known for it, and so often used to represent lawyers in general.) No, you get to meet the hands which handle many cases, millions of files, billions of pieces of information. Little eyes that go over everything that happened during the cases, verifying every statement, checking all procedures, going back to the places to question people years later, looking for things that don’t add up, for anything that would make a difference and take down the sword hanging over a man’s head.
It is a long and painful process. No big bombs that save the world last minute. It’s an ant’s work, the kind of things I love. Digging into people’s past, digging into paperwork, digging for the missing clues, digging for life.
I absolutely loved starting the book with the suspect already on death row and the case closed for years. It means stepping backwards, one foot after another, into traces that time has erased, destroyed, changed, or simply smothered.
People may bitch about lawyers, but we do good once in a while.
Now, if I managed to bore you, rest assured, the author is more skilled than I am and managed to put this all into very good hands: whose of Janet Moodie! Smart, seasoned, bright and burdened by her own demons, she takes on this special case and exerts her clever ways to shed light on a case deemed doomed from the very start.
Andy and his brother were found guilty of kidnapping, raping, and killing young women. Not the easiest scenario! But each brother received a different deal of cards and if his little brother got prison for life, Andy received the heaviest sentence. Same crimes, different decisions? A lot of details are taken into account for a judge and a jury to make a decision, as long as those details make it to the courtroom. I was intrigued. I was going for all scenarios (thank you Law&Order for the hours of precious advice.) But when Janet came upon things that did not add up, I knew I was in for my favorite work, digging secrets and revealing the truth, and preparing myself for surprises!
There’s a weird feeling about fighting to get man out of death row but not out of prison, especially when you start wondering if he really has something do to with those girls. A nasty feeling that something was wrong kept me awake and reading until far into the night. I must thank the author for masterfully intertwining a personal and simple life with an intricate and intriguing case thanks to a compelling writing that made everything all sound so real, professional, and enveloped in secrecy.
Getting to know Janet was fantastic, she’s the kind of lawyers who don’t work for the limelight, for the press coverage, she is a woman with principles and doing her best at life.
I had issues figuring out every other character, and I adored this! I tried to read into actions, little comments, anything that would help me make an opinion on them. Facing fascinating and very different characters through an old case is one of the best things. You need to make assumptions and interpret. I was on my toes, and while the pace is steady and hindered by all the paperwork, I did feel the clock ticking and felt the need to hurry and discover the truth, good or bad.
My only niggle is with the ending, which was a bit rushed and very abrupt for me! I had no idea how this would end, but I felt abandoned by the side of the road, a little confused!
Two Little Boy is one of the best and original legal thrillers I have read, you can dive in and truly follow an investigation from a point of view you barely ever see without ever feeling lost thanks to the amazing way the author balances the investigation, legalese, life, and events, to create a riveting plot out of a cold case!
I received a copy of this book from Titan Books and Philippa Ward who invited me to partake in this blog tour. This unbiased review is my thank you to them and the author.
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