An Engineered Injustice

This fast paced thriller moves quicker than a roaring locomotive to its breathtaking conclusion.

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It has been ages since I have read good legal thrillers but this one caught my attention for multiple reasons, not the least of which was the topic of a massive train crash. Anyone keeping up with the news in the US is aware that there has been a number of Amtrak wrecks in 2018, so this book is as timely as it is captivating.

In An Engineered Injustice, one of the largest and deadliest train wrecks has just occurred and as Vaughn Coburn is frantically searching for news on his co-worker, he receives a call from cousin’s wife: his cousin was the engineer on the train. While Vaughn’s loyalty is torn between sympathizing with his injured co-worker and his duty to his family, he owes a debt to his cousin that has to be repaid. Vaughn agrees to represent Eddy, his cousin, and begins searching for the answers that Eddy, due to amnesia, cannot remember – why did Eddy plow into an obstruction on the tracks without ever applying the brakes or slowing down. As tension mounts and evidence against Eddy grows, Vaughn slowly begins to realize that there is far more to this case than a train wreck and blame. The nefarious undertones and implications will have you, the reader, turning the pages so quickly you will not stop for a break until the very end. The story is compelling, unique and, sadly, extremely plausible.

I had no idea that this was a follow-up to William Myers, Jr.’s best seller, “A Criminal Defense.” Since I haven’t been reading legal thrillers, I had not read the first book but it didn’t in any way affect my enjoyment of this book. It works fine as a stand-alone. If you enjoy thrillers of any type or legal thrillers specifically, then this is definitely a “must read.” Myers is a very successful attorney and his writing reflects his skill and knowledge. 4 out of 5 stars.

I greatly appreciate #ThomasandMercer, #Netgalley and Mr. Myers for their generosity in providing my copy of this book for review.

Never Goodbye

I worked at a florist for over 20 years when I was younger. Every Thursday new flowers would arrive for the weddings that were scheduled for the weekend. That meant that all of the flowers in the fridge had to be used in arrangements. Sometimes we got over creative in our mixtures. We called this Toss Up Thursday because you just never knew what you were going to get! The same idea applies to Macsbooks on Thursday. (did you like that segue?) There are times that books just don’t fit into nice, tidy category – like today’s selection – and often I have too many of one genre and need to clear out those reviews. Thursdays will be a smorgasbord day for those books. Which brings us to the book for today…

Never Goodbye is a genre bending tale of suspense that will capture your attention with the character development in the beginning and then take you on a legal thrilling ride at the end. The story is told from dual points of view: Ella/Cassidy (I know that seems confusing but it isn’t) and Dana, both prosecutors, who are grappling with the murder of their mentor/friend Lauren. Ultimately, Dana is arrested for the murder and Ella is tasked with prosecuting the case. However, prior to this point in the story, Mitzner does a superb job of creating characters in which you become well invested. Having never read any of his previous novels, I didn’t realize that he wrote legal thrillers and I assumed this was going to be a book about these women, a narrative tale, not a legal one. It was a surprise when the book went off in that direction. In addition, Ella’s boyfriend is the lead cop investigating the murder so this is a bit like the television show, Law and Order, with the characters and investigation up front and the courtroom drama in the end. It works and it works very well. What works even better is the ending! Do not be prepared for a neat and tidy wrap because there is not one. Like many things in life and most court cases in the real world, there is no resolute ending in this case. The book is not a cliff-hanger but there is no nice, pat finale in the case either. This actually made me enjoy the book more, not less.

Never Goodbye is a sequel to Mituntitledzner’s very popular novel, Dead Certain. I didn’t realize this when I was offered the book for review. There are references to the first book and the characters, of course, are the same but this could be a stand-alone if you choose. It certainly didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the story for me and I doubt it will for you either. I definitely will read the first one now and will pick up more books by this author.  If you like crime fiction, legal thrillers or books with really good character development then this is a book for you!

Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book for review.