Unintended Consequences by Marti Green

This looked pretty good in concept and legal thrillers are my favorite.  I’m not sure where I heard about it but it was also inexpensive.  So …  sad to say I ended up in another child abuse type book  Fortunately there’s nothing graphic in either one  but, almost needless to say,  I’m now seriously avoiding this topic for a LONG time.

I gave this book a C-,  and not an actual D,  because I was caught up in the story and never really thought about ditching it – that says something although possibly precious little.

Unintended Consequences
by Marti Green
2012/ 279 pages
read by Tanya Elby – 8h 20m
Rating:  C-
(Innocent Prisoners Project #1)

So what happens – without any spoilers?  George Calhoun has been in prison for 19 years following conviction for his young daughter’s murder.  His wife has also been incarcerated  but whereas she was sentenced to life in prison,  he got the death penalty.  The reason for the disparity was that she testified against  him – falsely as it turns out.

Now,  all these years later,  it’s time for the execution and George has sent a letter to the Innocent Prisoners Project,  an organization which tries to get unjustly convicted prisoners re-tried.  The lawyer in charge of George’s case,  Dani Trumball,  is not completely convinced he didn’t do it but the path to a retrial is twisty and the evidence against George heavy.  The legal team has 11 days.  ((And that’s where I have to stop.)

What I can say is that although the plot is interesting and fresh, it is also somewhat contrived and overly coincidental in places.  There are just too many delays, people not home or people dead, – one after another after another and one time limit goes into the other.   The characters are really rather boring and  the writing is blah – sad, sad, sad.   Also the tale  is just chock full of fluff info about the major players –  ho-hum.

Only the basic plot is tension filled (but that’s simply by its nature) and the  structure is semi- interesting in a couple places.  There are the main threads in which Dani and Tommy do their investigating and procedural things,  but there is also a couple other threads related to other characters involved in the whole picture.  Btw,  this is one of those novels in which every possible thread is all tied up into a bow.

An off-topic irritation –  women with men’s names like Dani, Roni, Sami, etc.   When a book is read it gets very unclear whether the character is a male or female and when the reader isn’t all that great at distinguishing there’s a real blur.   I can see it being acceptable in print versions but still –  is it that no detective named Susie or Barbie  will be taken seriously?

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