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In a small Georgia town where racial tensions run high and lives are at stake, can one lawyer stand up for justice against the tide of prejudice on every side?
Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney, is living her dream of practicing law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then a split-second mistake changes the course of her career.
Left with no other options, Adisa returns to her hometown where a few days earlier a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen who is now lying comatose in the hospital.
Adisa is itching to jump into the fight as a special prosecutor, but feels pulled to do what she considers unthinkable—defend the officer.
As the court case unfolds, everyone in the small community must confront their own prejudices. Caught in the middle, Adisa also tries to chart her way along a path complicated by her budding relationship with a charismatic young preacher who leads the local movement demanding the police officer answer for his crime.
This highly relevant and gripping novel challenges us to ask what it means to forgive while seeking justice and to pursue reconciliation while loving others as ourselves.
This was my first read from Whitlow, which thoroughly impressed me. I love his ability to draw readers in, keep them entertained, and inspire them all at the same time. This was a fast paced read that I couldn’t put down and left me wanting more as I finished it. Whitlow took current headlines and really dove into the matter. He really took us on a journey with this one. I love that he touched on topics that our society is currently facing and shows us that everything isn’t always black and white and that the lines can cross within seconds without even realizing it.
The characters were well developed and easy to want to know. Adisa was a phenomenal character that I absolutely loved! She’s smart, edgy, and driven. I felt like I could easily relate to her. I loved following her as she made hard decisions that put others on edge. This book really inspires you to be the change we want to see, to stand for what’s right even when we are standing alone, and to look at events from all sides. I highly recommend this read!
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Robert Whitlow grew up in north Georgia. He graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a BA in history in 1976 and received his JD with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1979. A practicing attorney, he is a partner in a Charlotte, NC law firm. He and his wife Kathy have four children and three grandchildren.
Robert began writing in 1996. His novels are set in the South and include both legal suspense and interesting characterization. It is his desire to write stories that reveal some of the ways God interacts with people in realistic scenarios.