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320 pages
Apr 2005

Sins of the Fathers

by James Scott Bell

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A peaceful Little League game turns horrifying when a thirteen-year-old fires a rifle into the baseball field. Five boys and one man are dead, and the district attorney vows prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

Lindy Field finds herself assigned as the shooter’s defense attorney. After breaking down following her last case--a young kid got prison for life despite her efforts--the last thing Lindy wants upon returning to court is a juvenile case. Especially when she hears that deputy district attorney Leon Colby, the man who put Marcel Lee away with lying witnesses, will be the prosecution.

Leon wants murderers locked up for good, and he doesn’t mind that the publicity of this case will help his upcoming run to be the first African-American district attorney in Los Angeles. He has most of the city on his side, especially the parents of the victims. One such parent, Mona Romney, has lost the only child she can ever have; she turns against God and her husband, pursuing the one thing that matters: justice for her child’s death.

When Lindy meets with her client Darren DiCinni, she doesn’t find a hardened criminal, but a young boy with an odd look in his eyes. He claims that God told him to shoot those people, but beyond that will barely communicate with Lindy. As she delves deeper into the facts surrounding the case, it becomes obvious that someone doesn’t want the truth uncovered.

A fast-paced legal thriller written by a former trial lawyer, this novel is both accurate and gripping. The author grabs the reader’s attention from the first paragraph, and the story only lags during one or two of the many court scenes. Characters may rush or creep into the story, but all reveal deeper and subtler layers as the novel progresses. An array of spiritual perspectives adds meaningful texture. Recommended for those who enjoy thought-provoking suspense. -- Katie Hart, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

A parent’s worst nightmare.

A lawyer’s biggest challenge.

A young boy’s life on the line.

The unimaginable has happened. A thirteen-year-old boy has fired a rifle into a baseball game, killing several of the kids on the field. Parents are devastated. The townspeople are horrified. When public opinion swells to an enraged cry for justice, an ambitious deputy district attorney sees his opportunity—a sensational trial that will catapult him into the D.A.’s office in the upcoming election. There’s just one obstacle: the boy’s defense attorney, Lindy Field.

To all appearances, the case is a slam-dunk. Convict the killer, make him pay. But it’s not that simple. Lindy’s young client is unwilling—or unable—to help Lindy defend him. And as the case progresses, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want the truth revealed.

As Lindy delves into the haunted world of her client’s torment, she finds a spiritual darkness that dredges up her own troubled past. And when dangerous forces close in around her, Lindy must fight for answers not only in the justice system, but in the very depths of her soul.