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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
  • Language:English
  • Pages:350
  • eBook ISBN:9780982154915

The Juror Hangs

by Catherine Mambretti

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Overview
If it had been 1952 instead of 2011, the verdict in Casey Anthony's trial would have been "The Juror Hangs." It's always the jurors who suffer most from a verdict. Set in 1952 Chicago, Catherine Mambretti's THE JUROR HANGS, features librarian Miss T. Iris Ginge, a young woman who would rather look things up than hunt down a killer. Iris is very reasonable. So, when she has reasonable doubts of a socialite's guilt in the murder of a wealthy Cuban retiree, Iris becomes the lone holdout juror against 11 men on the jury. The jury hangs: it's no-justice-as-usual in Chicago's Cook County Criminal Courthouse. After the trial the killer's still "out there" --out to get Iris. Her only ally is a P.I. wannabe named Calamity McClurg, a meter-maid who seems to know a little bit too much about both Iris and the dead man.
Description
It's 1952: Librarian Miss T. Iris Ginge would rather look things up than hunt down a killer. Iris is also very reasonable. So, when she has reasonable doubts of a socialite's guilt in the murder of her husband, a wealthy, Cuban retiree, Iris becomes the lone holdout against 11 men on the jury. The jury hangs: it's no-justice-as-usual in Chicago's Cook County Criminal Courthouse. It isn't over when it's over, though. After the trial, the killer is still "out there" -- out to get Iris. The press blames Iris. Editorials accuse her of selling her vote. After a car tries to run her down on the sidwalk outside her apartment, Iris takes refuge in the library stacks where she's tracked down by a meter-maid who issued her Hudson a parking ticket in front of the courthouse and who seems to know a little bit too much about both Iris and the dead man. Calamity McClurg--a P.I. wannabe--makes Iris an offer she can't refuse: "Let me help you catch the killer." Iris has no choice but to follow the breadcrumbs where they lead--into a Grimm’s fairytale of memories, where fathers betray daughters and daughters seek revenge.
About the author
Catherine Mambretti is the author of THE JUROR HANGS and THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, a short-story collection, which includes stories previously published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and elsewhere. Her paranormal mystery, CHALK GHOST, was Co-Winner of the 2009 TextNovel.com Contest. She is also author of two educational technology books and numerous articles on history and literature. Ms. Mambretti, who holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago, is a member of The Author's Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America.
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