The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity. Frank Serpico
Synopsis via Amazon Books: Maryland lawyer Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae has two tough cases that quickly turn worse when both clients-a poor black girl and a white, middle-class man-are accused of murder. Sam’s inquiries into the cases lead her to Washington, DC’s suburban ghettos where she discovers an odd link between them: the seamy world of girl gangs and computer pornography. The stakes rise considerably as more people die at the hands of a maniacal killer who’ll do anything to keep Sam from learning the truth. Sam races to clear her clients before she becomes the next victim.
First Thing To Note:
I believe the above quote sums up the main character of Debbie Mack’s Least Wanted. Though Sam McRae as done some questionable things in her personal life (i.e affair with a married man) and has had to work with some questionable people (won’t name, names but it was all for the good of her clients) she’s against corruption, she fights for equality and doesn’t care about your socioeconomic status. Sam McRae is an individual who will stand up for other’s, get to the truth, and always speaks her mind. So what are my thoughts on Least Wanted?
I could sum up this book in two to three sentences. McRae has two unrelated cases which become related after the first case consisting of a girl (Tina) in trouble for stealing and then she get’s arrested for murdering her mother. Another case about a recluse rich boy (Brad)who get’s fired, investigated and more for “embezzlement and then he get’s framed for murder. All the while, these cases are intertwined and it deals with more murder, schemes, trials, child support, let’s add murder again, child porn, and riding the world of corruption *which is hard to do.*
I don’t want to give so much away because I want other’s to read it: I couldn’t tell if this book was readable, predictable, or if I just skipped to the last page to solve the “mystery” but one thing’s for sure, the story started to lag in the middle. Though I was introduced to some interesting characters like Little D who knew everything and anything and “worked” both sides of the law, at times I felt disinterested and there were times I forgot about one case or even that both of the main cases *Shanae’s death and Brad’s embezzlement case* were connected or forgot what role some of the characters played. Also, the book didn’t get to the “meat” of the story until the end. Everything seemed to come together at the very end and didn’t give leeway for anything else *no substance until the end.* I kept asking myself with maybe 100 pages or maybe a little bit more, “Where’s the story going.” I did enjoy learning about corrupt corporations, how the rich are always looking for a scapegoat, and I was reminded of my stint as a potential lawyer *before I decided to forgo law school and join the nonprofit sector.* Other than that, the book was not as exciting as I thought it would be, glad Tina was saved and sad that the justice system doesn’t seem to care for the truth or at least in this case, I felt as if they already labeled Tina as criminal because of socioeconomic background and assumed because of her environment she must be one way. It was interesting to see the world through the lens of a determined lawyer, that’s one thing that kept me coming back.
Final Thought and Rating:
What I Loved:
McRae was a strong heroine seeking the truth. She didn’t take anything from anyone, which is what made me stick around. I also like the “desensitization” of Tina even though we barely “saw” her throughout the book she was a main fixture in conversations and she seemed to have grown from the beginning of the book, while she was in detention (that’s when I realized how young she is/was), and when they told her about what really happened to her mom, she seemed motionless. I like that part because it shows us how the justice system can change a person, Tina was and still is a child but she had been through what most children or even adults hadn’t experienced and at one time someone kidnapped her *which happens at the end*. I just thought it was interesting to see how one moment/moments can affect a person’s views or emotions.
What I Disliked:
The random side stories were unnecessary, I don’t mean bringing up her affair because it was needed when both McRae and the former had to work together or even when they wrote about her backstory with Hirschbeck(lawyer at Kozmik–where Brad used to work) because we needed to understand his character and personality as well as what kind of lawyer/defense she was up against. I mean, the side stories of unnecessary cases or introducing us to characters who had no actual role in the case. I also felt as if the middle of the book was written by another person because the writing seemed inconsistent.
Overall: Good Read and I’d recommend this book as a “One Time Only” meaning you’ll probably read it once. It doesn’t leave the reader with a bad after taste, it just leaves the reader. This is just my review but if you’ve read this and have a different opinion please share because there may be things that I may have missed. My review should not deter anyone from reading it but in my opinion, it’s just a “One Time Only” kind of book.
Rate: 7/10 (Good, but could have been better. McRae made the story readable)
Check out my initial thoughts on the Least Wanted in my Book In Review