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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (296 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barry Siegel Narrator: Edward Asner Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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California lawyer Greg Monarch was in no mood for visitors. But it's not every day a federal judge comes knocking at his door, especially with a curious request: to review the final appeal of a murderer on Death Row who personally asked for Greg's assistance. Tired of defending killers, Greg has every intention of turning the case down until he discovers the prisoner is a former lover he hasn't seen in two decades: the fiery, impetuous Sarah Trant.

Her fate determined in a verdict rendered five years before, Sarah was found guilty of slashing an old man's throat in central California's sheltered El Nido Valley. All subsequent appeals have been denied. Now, six months from execution, she turns to the one man she hopes can save her. Greg failed once before in trying to rescue Sarah from her private demons. This time, however, the demons may not be just in her head.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne | 1/27/2014

    " Was not a page turner, but I learned a lot and found it very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 1/18/2014

    " I got SO angry I often had to put this book down for days, frickin' politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Channelle | 12/22/2013

    " If you want to talk about injustice, this is it. After you read this book you feel like everyone is wrongfully convicted. Most important, you begin to see the truth about the way people are prosecuted and see that unfair trials happen way more often than you think. It's unreal to see how many people get screwed by the system and then get stuck inside of it. If you read this book, you will fully be able to understand how criminal defense attorneys should be respected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 12/21/2013

    " A good dose of reality!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 7/31/2013

    " I might be a bit biased, since I had the privilege of working with Barry Scheck and the Innocence Project while in law school, but I think this book has something really important to say. You will be shocked and appalled at our justice system when you read this book, and rightly so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ericka | 5/6/2013

    " Amazing book you will learn how the American justice system is flawed in so many ways but it also provides hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shira | 3/19/2013

    " Written by lawyers and not writers, so the book isn't written that well. But the stories are remarkable, and this is a must read for anyone who cares about constitutional rights and our democracy but is not familiar with this topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Fanoe | 11/9/2012

    " Features some chilling facts and practical considerations. But, actually, the stories themselves of how the innocent people got put in jail and the process of getting them out are pretty much all really interesting too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 11/5/2012

    " Awesome book about the failures of our criminal justice system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie (julie37619) | 10/27/2011

    " I loved this book. I read it online at work and was anxious to get to work every day to read it! It goes along with a documentary called After Innoncence that is also about the Innocence Project. Great reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/30/2011

    " Fascinating book by the lawyer spearheading the Innocence Project. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sana | 4/25/2011

    " Great information, not so great writing. Also, perhaps due to the nature of the topic, very graphic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edwin | 4/4/2011

    " Good book on some of the problems of the criminal justice system. We need to fix these problems and not have more innocent people locked up for crimes they never did. It's a travesty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 6/19/2010

    " I dare anyone to read this book and still believe in the death penalty. Well-written, honest and lacking the proverbial heavy hand. An excellent account of how many times are system has screwed up but still keeps on keeping on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/24/2010

    " Such an important book!! I just want to force it, and every bit of information about The Innocence Project, on everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 1/5/2010

    " Excellent summary of problems within the justice system. The book is written with a clear goal and bias, but after fact-checking some of the stories and names I'm convinced it is accurate, despite the occasional sensational turn of phrase. A quick and interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lewis Weinstein | 9/3/2009

    " The cases Barry Scheck cites will make you ill. Innocent people going to jail or execution because prosecutors hid evidence, or created it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan W | 12/23/2008

    " This eye opening account of the failures of our criminal justice system is at once insightful and horrifying. The presentation style of the book is clear and the book should serve as a wake up call to any supporter of executions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 1/5/2008

    " Again, read it for a class. There were a lot of typos, but I assume those are gone with the new edition. Certainly an eye-opener and goes beyond the hype to the actual cause of all of these wrongful convictions. The authors ask the hard questions about how we can change things. "

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About the Author
Author Barry Siegel

Barry Siegel is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times who won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2002 for his piece “A Father’s Pain, a Judge’s Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach.” He is an expert on literary journalism and was recruited by the University of California, Irvine to chair that school’s new English program in literary journalism. Siegel is the author of the influential true crime novel A Death in White Bear Lake, which is considered by many to be a seminal document regarding child abuse. Siegel lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

About the Narrator

Edward “Ed” Asner is an American actor best known for his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, later continued in a spin-off series, Lou Grant. He has made dozens of appearances—including voice-over work—on television shows and has recorded a number of audiobooks.