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Irreparable Damage by Joseph T. Klempner
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Irreparable Damage

by Joseph T. Klempner

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312988265, Mass Market Paperback)

Stephen Barrow thinks he has it all-or at least, all he really needs. But one day, he makes an innocent mistake-and enters a nightmare that could rob him of his reputation, his freedom, and worst of all, his daughter...

SOME DAMAGE CAN NEVER BE UNDONE...

Since his divorce, writer Stephen Barrow has made a new life with his six-year-old daughter, Penny-a life that revolves around silly jokes, Barbie dolls, and a bond that most fathers would envy. But all that changes when Stephen takes an innocent photo of his daughter as she plays in the tub. The picture causes a stir in the photo lab, the police are called-and suddenly, Stephen is forced to defend himself against the worst accusation a father could ever face...

...AND SOME STORIES CAN NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

For reporter Theresa Mulholland, the Barrow case is a far cry from the human interest stories she usually covers. While she knows it's her job to stay objective, even Theresa secretly assumes that Stephen is guilty. But as she follows the case step-by-step, Theresa realizes that Stephen is not only being robbed of due process, but that he may, in fact, be totally innocent. Now, as the trial looms, the case Theresa never wanted to cover becomes the story of her career. And she will stop at nothing to help Stephen Barrow get justice-even if it costs her everything...

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:52 -0400)

"It starts with some innocent family fun. Writer Stephen Barrow's divorced wife, involved in a second marriage, has willingly given Barrow the desired custody of their six-year-old daughter, Penny. Father and daughter share a relationship that is tender, poignant, and funny. Their home life in a small upstate New York town is a happy and entirely wholesome one." "One evening Penny, in her bath, delightedly pulls her shampoo-stiffed hair into what she thinks of as the horn of a "unicorn", and her father takes her picture. When she "moons" him and says, "Take this one!" he clicks his shutter to oblige, since the role of film was finished. Or so the mechanically challenged Barrow believed." "The next day, the local pharmacy clerk using the photo machine is shocked by the snapshot, decides Stephen is a child pornographer, and calls the police, who arrest him. This is only the first step in Stephen Barrow's descent into hell. A small-town police chief basking in a "real case", a vengeful ex-wife, a fledgling psychologist who tailors her patients' responses to fit her self-serving preconceptions, a district attorney facing reelection, and more all push Barrow deeper and deeper into a legal quagmire. In the end, everything he has is taken from him - his freedom, his belongings, and most devastating of all, his beloved daughter."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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