Read The Closing Online Free - 2014 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist
2015 IPPY Award: 2015 Bronze Medalist: Best Regional E-book: East of the Mississippi
May 2015 Amazon Best-Seller: Legal Thrillers
When two men meet in the Virginia state penitentiary in a maximum security visitation room on May 5, 1968, they have only one thing in common: they both want their lives back.
On one side of a glass divider sits Kenneth Deatherage, who was sentenced to death for the brutal rape and murder of a young woman. The jury agreed with the prosecutor’s closing argument: that all evidence points to Deatherage as the killer. But Deatherage says the evidence was fabricated. He claims that the judge and his own lawyer rigged the trial against him.
On the other side of the divider sits Nate Abbitt, who was a successful prosecutor until he tried to drink his way through a midlife crisis. When he finally sobered up, he had lost his career, his marriage of thirty years, and his self-respect. He turned to criminal defense because it was the only work he could get.
When the court appoints Nate to represent Deatherage on appeal, Nate doesn’t believe there’s a grand conspiracy to send Deatherage to the electric chair. But when his investigation uncovers hints of corruption in the county justice system, he finds himself accused of murder by the same forces that convicted his client. To save himself, Nate risks his life and the lives of others, and in the process, discovers that he and Deatherage have much more in common than he wants to admit.
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July 13, 2017
Highly recommend this book.
Story takes place in Virginia, late 1960's. Started little slow, author took his time to let his characters really develop in our minds. Ante was prosecutor, drinking, adulterous and abused his powers. Protected and counseled by his college friend and family friend judg...
July 03, 2017
This book is a good example of free books in Amazon that can easily get a 4-5 stars. I enjoyed reading it. There were some reasons I didn’t rate it as a 5 star book and gave it only 4. I didn’t like the main hero.
There were too many descriptions about the main hero’s alcoholism.
The mystery solv...
February 03, 2017
This was a runaway train; I was so pleased to have been a passenger. A superb legal mystery.
August 07, 2014
Great legal thriller.
Loved the wisdom in the quote, "Don't take aim at the king unless you're certain you'll kill him," and the way the author weaved that in.
May 15, 2014
Fantastic read. The temptation to finish this book in a single sitting was very hard to resist. If you dare to dig in just before bed, plan on calling in sick the next morning. It’s one of those rare gems that reads too fluidly to put down without a fight, and before you know it the hours are tic...
July 16, 2014
Really, really good! I don't usually read legal mystery/thrillers and to be truthful, the only reason I had this one is that it was a free Kindle download from Amazon. But I'm glad I did. It engaged me and kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning.
The author, Ken Oder, made Nate, the main...
January 08, 2017
A beautifully written novel. I literally could not stop reading this book until I had finished it. It's not a thriller page turner, but a moving story about one man's fall from goodness and a long and very troubled road back to a place where goodness might be redeemed. Story characters have depth...
July 22, 2017
A satisfying and complex mystery dealing with corruption, responsibility, redemption, guilt, innocence, love and the ravages of addiction. I can not describe the characters as endearing but they are realistic, full of faults and evoke a complexity of emotions in the reader. Definitely recommended...
May 17, 2017
This book had a tone that immediately reminded me of that wonderful classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird." It's an era several years later and Nate Abbitt is no Atticus Finch, to be clear. The storyline is very different yet still raises similar questions that Harper Lee explored in her e...
July 16, 2017
I liked this book.
Set in some backwoods couties in West Virginia, this book stories a mostly good lawyer with his ascending career,, downfall, and ressurection. He loved his wife, then had a mid-life crisis and managed to lose everything. Think cheating, whiskey, unlawfulness, divorce, and jail....