Mr. Todhunter--with only a few months to live--considers political assassination as the best way to benefit humanity before he dies. but first he has to visit Mr. A. W. Furze, to help get his thoughts clear on this matter...
interesting start. Berkeley's style--to which I've had limited exposure so far--is unique, and I could see it being repellent to some, but I like it. meanwhile...I guess in a way this is a form of old-school vigilante tale, but the vigilante will only be around long enough to claim one victim (presumably).
this sounds like a frickin' blast--terminally ill man decides to find someone he judges to be a human being unworthy to live, murders him, sees someone else charged with the crime, and works to establish that the cops have got the wrong man. I've read and enjoyed one other novel by Berkeley--that would be Before the Fact, which he wrote as Francis Iles. I wonder if this one can be even half as good, but the plot synopsis suggests there's a chance.
Willie "Woot" Grimes was wrongly convicted in 1988 for the rape of an elderly white woman in North Carolina. Ghost of the Innocent Man by Benjamin Rachlin is the true story of his conviction, trial, and incarceration. Woot Grimes spent 25 years waiting to be exonerated. He was found guilty of first-degree rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. Woot had several people to give him an alibi for the time of the crime, but this did not matter. Instead the prosecutor took the ever changing word of a witness and was able to get a conviction.
Christine Mumma, a cofounder of North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission, took on Willie's case and fought tirelessly to free him.
Benjamin Rachlin has done an amazing job of telling Willie's story as well as how the Innocence Project begins and how they fought to free an innocent man.
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This asks for comparisons with other stories, with other writers but it wouldn't be fair. Yes it's a boarding school but the reason Callum (or Call) doesn't want to go is because his father has told him terrible things about it and he believes his father, of course he does. He tries to fail the entrance exam and fails with that, spectatularly. He goes to the school mistrusting everyone, particularly the teachers. As is common with magical schools they fail to educate the students in ordinary ways but manage to be mysterious in how they're teaching and why they have certain classes. I suppose it's suitable that they live in caves and largely live on mushrooms and lichens (kept in the dark, fed...)
He doesn't make friends simply, but when he does they're loyal to him and he's loyal to them. The story does show how the magical can become ordinary and how the three main characters cope with the strangeness.
As their lives change they have so little real control over a lot of it that it makes them frustrated in trying to deal with all the new and all the politics that they're really not prepared for but it's interesting to compare it to real life and real schooling.
I enjoyed this and would recommend it, there's quite good variety of characters and people and the main character was injured as a child and this has long-term consequences to him but it's accepted as a thing.