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The Redemption by C.L. Tolbert
Book 2: A Thorton Mystery Series
Publisher: Level Best Books
Publication Date: February 2, 2021 (PB) / February 9, 2021 (eBook)
Format: Paperback - 296 pages
Kindle - 1824 KB / 343 pages
Nook - 2 Mb - 294 pages
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Crime Thriller / Legal Thriller
Buy The Book:
Buy The Series: A Thornton Mystery Series
Book 1: Out From Silence
Book 2: The Redemption
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
Emma Thornton is back in The Redemption, C.L. Tolbert’s second novel in the Thornton Mystery Series.
When two men are murdered one muggy September night in a New Orleans housing project, an eye witness identifies only one suspect – Louis Bishop- a homeless sixteen-year old. Louis is arrested the next day and thrown into Orleans Parish Prison. Emma Thornton, a law professor and director of the Homeless Law Clinic at St. Stanislaus Law School in the city agrees to represent him.
When they take on the case, Emma and her students discover a tangle of corruption, intrigue, and more violence than they would have thought possible, even in New Orleans. They uncover secrets about the night of the murders, and illegal dealings in the city, and within Louis’s family. As the case progresses, Emma and her family are thrown into a series of life-threating situations. But in the end, Emma gains Louis’s trust, which allows him to reveal his last, and most vital secret.
“With The Redemption, Cynthia Tolbert delivers another beautifully written and compelling read in her Thornton Mystery series, as law professor Emma Thornton’s fight to save a teen wrongly accused of murder endangers her own life in this gripping tale of corruption and crime in the 1990s Big Easy.”
Ellen Byron, Agatha Award Winning Author of the Cajun Country Mysteries
My Book Review:
In The Redemption, book two of the Thornton Mystery Series, author C.L. Tolbert transports the reader to New Orleans for an intriguing mystery / suspense / crime and legal thriller / story that will keep the reader guessing and turning the pages.
After two men are murdered on the grounds of the Redemption housing projects, sixteen year old Louis Bishop is arrested and charged as an adult with two counts of murder in the first degree, a capital case that could involve the death penalty. Emma Thornton, a law professor and director of the Homeless Law Clinic at St. Stanislaus Law School in the city agrees to represent him.
Emma's investigation into the murder case takes her into the dark and seedy part of New Orleans, where drug dealers and corrupt police run the show with their illegal dealings, and the residents of the Redemption housing projects are too scared to talk to her about that fatal night. As Emma digs deeper into the murder investigation, she gets too close to the truth about Louis' family secrets and seedy illegal dealings, and some innocent victims are murdered after talking to her. There are some dangerous people who will stop her from learning the truth at any cost, including threatening her family. Can Emma help save the wrongly accused teen, or will the corrupt individuals destroy everyone and everything that gets in their way?
Author C. L. Tolbert weaves a fast-paced and suspenseful thriller written in the third person narrative that follows Emma as she tries to get justice for wrongfully accused sixteen year old Louis Bishop. I loved reading this action-packed story. The reader will be easily drawn into this well written story with its richly descriptive plot that will keep them guessing as secrets, betrayals, deceit, motives, revenge, and clues are uncovered, while unexpected twists and turns, and a surprising conclusion will leave the reader simply stunned. I especially loved how the author used her prior experience as a defense attorney to weave an intense account of the legal investigation that Emma engaged in her pursuit to vindicate Louis, and bring the true murderers to justice.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I enjoyed the rich description of New Orleans. You can't help but want to visit the Big Easy, the author does an amazing job of describing the famous French Quarter landmark, and the various local streets that she called home for many years.
The Redemption has enough drama, tension, action, dark secrets, a touch of romance, and unexpected twists and turns that will take the reader on one heck of a thrilling roller coaster ride.
In 2010, Cynthia Tolbert won the Georgia Bar Journal’s fiction contest for the short story version of Out From Silence. Cynthia developed that story into the first full-length novel of the Thornton Mystery Series by the same name, which was published by Level Best Books in December of 2019. Her second book in this same series, entitled The Redemption, was released in February of 2021.
Cynthia has a Master’s in Special Education and taught children with learning disabilities for ten years before moving on to law school. She spent most of her legal career working as defense counsel to large corporations and traveled throughout the country as regional and national counsel. She also had the unique opportunity of teaching third-year law students in a clinical program at a law school in New Orleans where she ran the Homeless Law Clinic and learned, first hand, about poverty in that city. She retired after more than thirty years of practicing law. The experiences and impressions she has collected from the past forty years contribute to the stories she writes today. Cynthia has four children, and three grandchildren, and lives in Atlanta with her husband and schnauzer.
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