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Night Is the Hunter: A Harlan Donnally Novel (Harlan Donnally Novels)
by Steven Gore
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062025090, Paperback)They call it pulling the trigger. Not by a killer in the night, but by a judge on the bench.
Twenty years ago, Judge Ray McMullin proved to the people of San Francisco he could pull that trigger by sentencing Israel Dominguez to death for a gangland murder. But it meant suppressing his own doubts about whether the punishment really did fit the crime.
As the execution date nears, the conscience-wracked judge confesses his unease to former homicide detective Harlan Donnally on a riverbank in far Northern California. And after immersing himself in the Norteño and Sureño gang wars that left trails of bullets and blood crisscrossing the state and in the betrayals of both cops and crooks alike, Donnally is forced to question not only whether the penalty was undeserved, but the conviction itself.
Soon those doubts and questions double back, for in the aging judge's panic, in his lapses of memory and in his confusions, Donnally begins to wonder whether he's chasing facts of the case or just phantoms of a failing mind. But there's no turning back, for the edge of night is fast closing in on Dominguez, on McMullin, and on Donnally himself.
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After a aging judge tells former detective Harlan Donnally about his guilt over a man whom he sentenced for murder twenty years earlier and who is now scheduled for execution, Harlan discovers facts that put the man's conviction in doubt.
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