The Homicide Chronicle by Ralph Shamas
Defending the Citizen Accused

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The brutal murder of a young woman in a small Arizona border town leads to a trial distinguished by unexplained evidence and unexpected surprise. The Homicide Chronicle will take you through an investigation and jury trial like no other. The murder weapon, bloody clothing, candle wax, blood splatter, and other evidence from the crime scene, when analyzed and then presented to a jury, compel a frightening dilemma and true suspense. Written by a jurist who represented hundreds of clients in criminal cases over the course of more than 30 years practicing law, and who now presides over dozens of criminal trials every year as a District Judge, the story will graphically expose the many conflicts and emotions which beset those lawyers who are called upon to defend the citizen accused. Ultimately, the absorbing conclusion will confirm that the pursuit of truth and justice is often complicated and unpredictable.

“In his debut novel, Shamas fictionalizes a horrifying murder case…. [The author’s] prosaic approach…is deeply engrossing. Characters behave like real people, not larger-than-life figures. Readers are granted unusual behind-the-scenes access as the legal team grapples with setbacks and questions the innocence of a client accused of a serious, disturbing crime. Ultimately, the book offers a compelling and eerie look at the American justice system. Shamas’ understated approach is a welcome change in the genre of legal fiction.” - Kirkus Reviews
 

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Published April 19, 2012 by Publish Green. 269 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his debut novel, Shamas fictionalizes a horrifying murder case from his long career as an Arizona defense attorney.

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I was totally fascinated by this story, and it definitely had an effect on how I will view jury duty in the future.

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When I was in high school, I had the misfortune of sitting in on a career day presentation that was given by a defense attorney.

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