THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU . . .
New Hampshire's Julie Bigg Veazey explores the timely issue surrounding the failure of the criminal-justice system to protect the innocent. She sets up a landscape crackling with tension and a variety of self-interested naïve characters that generate both sympathy and dislike. Reckless Indifference presents a recognizable world with terror on a different level.
Tony Deluca, a small town cop with scheming ambition to ingratiate himself both with his father, the mayor, and with his chief, targets Eric Nordblum, a mild-mannered Everyman who is then ambushed by the legal system and whose life as he had known it is ruined. This is a tale of the collateral damage of tangled relationships and the bitter anguish of many lives and players spinning out of control.
The suspense of the novel rests on the psychological portraits of Tony and Eric, antagonist and accused. The author is dead-on in her illustration of Eric’s malaise—the depiction of the helplessness and disbelief with which he faces his persecution is fascinating and vivid. Veazey shows with bone-chilling accuracy that while the courts purport to believe in the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven, the concept is often overlooked. An accusation can be as damning as a conviction, and Eric loses the support of his wife, children, boss and even lawyer, as he descends further into the system. Reckless Indifference is a crime novel that mines interesting, unconventional sources for tension.
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