Dunne, Nov 2003, 23.95, 224 pp.
When Judge Jorgenson retired from the bench he was hearing cases in the Fourth Circuit Federal Court. He never was considered for nomination as a Supreme Court justice because he was vehemently against the death penalty and was strongly pro-choice. He hasn't tried a case for thirty-three years so he's considerably surprised when Trial TV attorneys ask him to work a case before the Supreme Court.
They want him to be their mouthpiece because he's regarded by the people as a man of principles and honor. Those very principles force him to investigate the case of an autistic man that he is asked to represent. Boyd Davies can't speak or socially interact with anyone but he is brilliant at drawing pictures and it is this talent that leads the judge to believe that instead of arguing against the death penalty, his clients should seek a new trial. The higher ups at Trial TV have plans of their own and will go to extreme lengths to see them carried out.
FOGBOUND is a chilling thriller because the scenario seems so plausible. The octogenarian protagonist is smart, lives an active life and endears himself to the audience with his boyish enthusiasm. Joseph T. Klempner is a terrific storyteller who writes about human strengths and frailties within a legal thriller. This novel is a powerful indictment against the death penalty and after reading FOGBOUND, one can understand why.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner