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Innocence by David Hosp


by David Hosp

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Imagine that you are an immigrant who has come to America to avoid the persecution and certain murder of your extended family in your home country. You are a skilled physician with a newborn daughter. A detective is assaulted and shot. She was investigating a vicious gang from your home country, whom you had treated as you do any patient that needs help. You are accused, convicted, and sent to prison.

A young lawyer has taken up your case. He is butchered with a machete. Before his death, he had spoken to a locally famous trial lawyer who also is prone to take on causes that need attention. His colleagues, a private eye and a young lawyer, have fallen in love. She is hacked-up and they are attacked. The local police force pilliaries these three for trying to release a hated attacker of a police officer.

There is DNA from fingernail scrapings of the original victim. The new lawyer gets the toxicology report as a hearing is set by a curious judge.

Is it possible that if the expert declares it certain that there is a DNA match, the accused may still be innocent?

Innocence is an apt title for a finely written book exploring the innocence of a variety of these interesting characters. David Hosp has an excellent grasp of storytelling. As I read these pages, the momentum built to the point that I could not put the book down until I was done, smiling at the mysteries that flowed from the pages like water from a mountain stream. I was on a 14 hour flight to Japan, which passed like moments.

If you enjoy, tension, emotion, and blossoming love, you will be delighted to have sat down with this wonderful work. Mr. Hosp has blended each of these emotions together with the background of chilling crime.
  CymLowell | Apr 26, 2010 |
A legal thriller that at times is predictable but a pretty good read. I didn't care for all the vulgarity from the secretary but most of the other characters seemed believable. I still like Grisham better. ( )
  janimar | Apr 18, 2009 |
When fellow attorney, Mark Dobson, approaches Scott Finn to assist in a pro bono case, his initial instinct is to turn it down. While Finn doesn't commit to taking the case, he does agree to meet the client by visiting the prison where he is serving time for assaulting a police officer. Following that meeting, Finn decides to represent this client in getting the DA's office to release DNA samples recovered from the victim's fingernails. These samples have never been tested, and if the results prove this client innocent, it would turn into a civil lawsuit worth millions. Finn's agreement is to appear in Judge Cavanaugh's courtroom to present arguments allowing the DNA be tested. Following that, Finn will sign off as an attorney for this client, leaving the rest to Dobson. But when Dobson ends up being hacked to death with a machete, Finn's failure to file the necessary paperwork leaves hims smack dab in the forefront of a case that is rapidly turning deadly. Hosp has written another fast-paced novel with extremely likable characters. ( )
  infolink66 | Aug 20, 2007 |
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With life as a pawn in a prestigious Boston law firm behind him, Scott Finn has set course through the more colorful back alleys and bedrooms of the legal world as a solo practitioner who dabbles in civil litigation, divorce law, and criminal defense. But his new environment and his nose for justice and fair play land him a case that could end up taking his life. A policewoman is left for dead in an alley, but survives and points the finger at an El Salvadoran immigrant with ties to one of South America's most dangerous and notorious gangs. There's just one problem: the evidence suggests the wrong man's been fingered. Finn, along with the maverick detective and stubborn ally Tom Kozlowski, must now navigate through this explosive case to save an innocent man's life and to learn why decorated officers might be willing to risk their careers and even their lives by lying about the crime. But with time running out, it is Finn and Kozlowski whose lives hang in the balance as they search for the thin line between guilt and innocence.

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Operating solo in the legal world after leaving a prestigious firm, Boston lawyer Scott Finn accepts a dangerous assignment involving an attack on a policewoman and an El Salvadoran immigrant with ties to one of South America's most notorious gangs.

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