The Unresolved Seventh by Richard Helms
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Ben Long never intended to practice forensic psychology again after his sudden retirement four years earlier. His friend Sidney Kingsley, the new DA, had other plans. Junior Torrence has been charged with murder. His attorney has hired a psychologist to prove Torrence mentally ineligible for a capital trial. Kingsley wants Long to do a separate evaluation. Kingsley assigns law clerk Paula Paige to assist Long in his evaluation. She finds Long quirky, distant, and even a little frightening, until Kingsley explains that--besides being brilliant--Long has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a type of high-functioning autism. As their evaluation brings Torrence's competency into question, they begin to question whether he was even capable of committing the crime! Have the police arrested the wrong man? The clock is ticking. A hearing that will determine Junior Torrence's fate draws near, and Ben Long and Paula Page race against time to untangle the puzzle of The Unresolved Seventh.

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Published May 11, 2012 by Five Star. 302 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Still, a clever attorney could dazzle a jury with Torrence, who “looks like he was born to play Lenny in Of Mice and Men.” The issue, of course, is competency in a capital case, and Kingsley needs Ben to prove that Torrence has sufficient mental capacity to stand trial.

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Kingsley wants Long to demonstrate that Earl Torrence, who looks as if “he was born to play Lenny in Of Mice and Men” and has confessed to fatally stabbing his brother’s girlfriend, is competent to stand trial.

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