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Waterbrook, May 2004, 13.99
ISBN: 1578567769

In Virginia Beach, Thomas and Theresa Hammond place their faith in prayer as they are deeply religious adhering to a strict fundamental interpretation of the Lord's word. When their youngest child two years old Joshua becomes gravelly ill and with the Hammonds having no money, they pray to the Lord to heal their son. Three days later the child is rushed to the hospital, but it is too late and he dies.
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The law comes down hard on the parents, blaming them for the death of their son due to negligent homicide. The media portrays the pair as somber pious fanatics whose inflexible attitude killed their child. No one cares that they had no money or health insurance leaving them to believe their only option was to pray for a miracle. The court places their other two children in the care of Special Advocate Nikki Moreno awaiting the outcome of the trial of the Hammonds. Deputy Commonwealth Attorney General Rebecca “Barracuda” Crawford sees this case as an opportunity to further her political ambitions by hanging the Hammonds for child abuse and cruelty. Nikki enlists Regent Law School Professor and street preacher Charles Arnold to counter the dirty tricks pulled by the Barracuda who cares naught for a dead child and even less for justice.

This is a legal thriller that provides deep insight into the issues of protecting children, freedom of religion and our health system failing the working poor. The cast feels genuine especially the accused and their confused surviving children.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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