Bloomington, IN, March 21, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- True Events Inspire Thrilling Novel of Racial Justice.
Murder of White Teenager Sparks Whirlwind Trial Influenced by Quest for Justice and Corrupt Forces.
It’s 1932 in Austin, Texas. 60-year-old African-American Charlie Jarrell shoots and kills Michael Moss Jr., the white son of a prominent and powerful Texas businessman. Although most expect Jim Crow tradition to decide Jarrell’s fate, a number of unexpected factors intervene to create compelling suspense in A.A. Allison’s new novel, Son: A Novel of Racial Justice Based on True Events (published by iUniverse).
Most observers, even Jarrell himself, expect that either a mob or the racist courts will lynch him, but the victim’s parents, Michael and Mabel Moss, believe in the high purpose of the law. They want due process to execute Jarrell, the same due process accorded whites. Therefore, the father personally thwarts the mob. Then, he finances Jarrell’s bail and insists Jarrell be defended by qualified counsel. From there, events take over, with twists that challenge a court system that always executes a black accused of murdering a white, whatever the reason.
In the course of this story, the reader meets a screech owl and crows that provide direction and explanation transcending the segregated worlds of black and white. The reader encounters an African-American underworld kingpin who needs Jarrell to run his illegal lottery and who, in order to spring Jarrell, employs his influence in Texas’ notoriously corrupt state politics, where Michael Moss has powerful enemies, including the impeached ex-governor whose wife has just been elected governor in her own right. Out of revenge, the former governor dispatches Austin’s best criminal defense lawyer to defend Jarrell. A pillar of Austin’s southern culture, the lawyer has never worked pro bono and has never represented an African-American. But he eventually becomes absorbed in the case and crafts a first-class self-defense argument for Jarrell. As the trial progresses, the readers sees glimmers of a Texas beginning to show a different face, especially because an unfair trial might displease the new Roosevelt administration.
An intriguing novel steeped in the history of the day, Son: A Novel of Racial Justice Based on True Events tells of a Southern society in transition. Charlie Jarrell becomes the epicenter of a swirling wind of influence, the law and a culture that is shifting slowly toward true justice for all.
About the author
A. A. Allison is a fifth-generation Texan with degrees from Harvard University and the University of Texas. He served in the Navy, including Vietnam, and worked in politics and business in the United States and Europe, where he lived for two decades. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Meg.
iUniverse has published this book under its Star program. iUniverse is also the premier book publisher for emerging, self-published authors. For more information, please visit www.iuniverse.com.
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