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Today I’m on the ‘120 Days’ blogtour, organised by iRead Book Tours.
About the Author :
Ronald L. Ruiz is a retired attorney whose entire career was spent in criminal law as a deputy District Attorney, a District Attorney, a Defense Attorney and a Public Defender.
Book Title: 120 Days by Ronald L. Ruiz
Category: Adult Fiction, 318 pages
Genre: Legal thriller, crime fiction, literary fiction
Publisher: Amika Press
Release date: May 22, 2019
Format available for review: print, ebook (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)
Content Rating: R (There are two explicit scenes and some bad language)
BARBARA BLAKE is a bright, young, attractive, and ambitious defense attorney. Alejandro Soto, an inmate already serving two life sentences for the brutal murder of a drug dealer and the man’s mother, is on trial for a third murder, one he did not commit but that could well result in the Death Penalty. When Blake and Soto meet in the San Cristobal, California courtroom, they begin a 120-day journey that will invariably alter both of their lives. Together, they spiral ever more deeply into the dark heart of a quintessentially American story of sex and love, truth and lies, justice and prejudice, crime and punishment, and, ultimately, life and death.
“There is a human element here that is only found in top-tiered crime fiction, and this book is filled with it. I adore all of the major bestselling authors of this genre and have finally found a new favorite that, in my opinion, belongs in the same league. A truly brilliant novel. An exceptional writer. Highly recommended.”
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Guest Post :
Three Valued Books
The three books I would want with me on a deserted island are William Faulkner’s Light in August, Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.
In my mind, William Faulkner is a genius. His genius shines more at some times than at others. For me, such is the case in his creation of Lena Grove in the first 30 pages of Light in August. Pregnant Lena has been walking for four weeks from Alabama to Mississippi in search of the scoundrel that has impregnated her. Understated, she is a wonderful backdrop for all the people, hill folk, that she encounters on her way: people with all their evaluations and judgments and words for Lena, people at the turn of the Twentieth Century, and now. Then too, there is Joe Christmas, the “half nigger” who can pass for a white man, and his endless search for who he is. And the defrocked Reverend Gail Hightower, confounded by the past, unable to deal with the present. William Faulkner saw, understood and wrote about people of all kinds.
Few writers have been able to know and love a foreign country and its people the way Cormac McCarthy does with Mexico and its people in All the Pretty Horses. John Grady Cole is a young Texas cowboy who sees that the cowboy life of his forefathers no longer exists in Texas, and he rides into Mexico on his horse in search of a that lost life. The respect and love he has for the land and the Mexican people, from the peasant poor to the rich and educated is clear. McCarthy involves his protagonist with one of the central 1910 Revolution families, which is a disaster, but he survives. For me, the final two paragraphs of the book show McCarthy’s skill as a writer with few peers in American literature today.
Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote Crime and Punishment more than 150 years ago. It is as relevant today as it was then. A young, penniless university student decides that his old, rich, miserable, penurious landlady is a worthless human being, and that mankind will be better off with her dead. He decides to kill her, and then he does. What he endures, the torture that is his mind, then follows. A lesson to be learned.
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