Monday, July 27, 2009

#BookReview: Caged Innocence - A.P. Ri'chard

Ugh, I can't stand parents that sell out their kids to save themselves. It just overcooks my grits! So you know I was boiling the whole time I read this book.

Larry Henderson is the son of the first black police officer in his small Mississippi town. Through series of flashbacks, we learn that Larry's favorite cousin was murdered by the Klan when Larry was a small boy. And before that, his father's best friend was murdered by them when they were in high school. As the men suspected of involvement in both murders start to die, the evidence begins to point at Perry Henderson, Larry's father. Larry, who has been sent to live with relatives in Las Vegas, is brought back to town by his father who turns him over to the police without hesitation. Upon questioning his father about his reasons for doing so, Larry is told that because he's only 17, the judge will be lenient on him and give him no more than four years, if he pleads guilty. Believing his father, Larry does just that and finds himself sentenced to 25 years in prison.

What kind of parent lets his son take the fall for a crime he knows he didn't commit? What kind of mother doesn't stand up for her child when she knows he's a helpless victim? This story has so many twists and turns and even when you think you have it figured out, you really don't.

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