Robert Brink : Murder in Palm Beach: The Homicide That Never Died

Murder in Palm Beach: The Homicide That Never Died

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Suspense, Romance

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Print Length

314

ISBN

978-0692666265

Publisher

Precipice Press

Publication Date

August 15, 2016

Language

English

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The doorbell rings in the home of a prominent Palm Beach citizen, quickly followed by a shotgun blast that shatters a window, cracking the calm of a cool January night. Rodger Kriger falls to the floor, mortally wounded, leaving a wife and six children.

Murder in Palm Beach: The Homicide That Never Died is closely based on a sensational, real murder that happened in the posh ocean-side town in 1976. In the thin guise of fiction, the book contains shocking new information never before made public. Author Bob Brink, an award-winning journalist, was a newspaper reporter in the locale where the assassination occurred. It made media headlines for 15 years.

An ambitious prosecutor pins the deed on Mitt Hecher, a hoodlum and karate expert. At Hecher’s trial, fellow jail inmates testify that he confessed. He is convicted and sentenced to the brutal and anarchic state prison at Raiford, where a stabbing a day and a killing a week are the “mean” average.

Judges repeatedly frustrate Hecher and several attorneys working without fees to get a new trial, as investigators pursue myriad scenarios. Meanwhile, his wife contracts a deadly disease.

Was Hecher innocent, and if so, who did it? Did the sons of a wealthy Cuban kill Kriger? Were the operators of a gambling enterprise out to get him? Was a love triangle the basis for the shooting? Did a vicious underworld figure do the bidding of a criminal gang? Was a prominent politician behind the slaying? Those are the questions seeking answers amid the exploration of issues of justice and power.

Murder in Palm Beach is the saga of a battle between a man whose swagger has sent him spiraling to the bottom and powerful, sinister forces determined to keep him there. It is a narrative of redemption wrapped in a mystery tale reeking with power, sex, and violence. It also contains a heart-rending love story.

Editorial Reviews

I read the book, expecting to find it to be a typical whodunit. To my surprise, the narrative was anything but run of the mill in this regard, and the lead character is a criminal who reforms and is impossible not to become engaged with and want to have succeed in life. And he's a genuine tough guy whom I found believable in every regard, something I can seldom say about many heroic protagonists of late, and this includes those offered by authors whose books sell in mega numbers … A lot of intrigue, a great storyline, and characters to root for (there's a woman in the story who will tear your heart out).


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