FROM THE BOOK JACKET: On a hot summer night in the late 1980s, in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury, a fourteen-year-old African-American girl was sitting on a mailbox talking with her friends when she became the innocent victim of gang-related gunfire. Amid public outcry, an immediate manhunt was on to catch the murderer, and a young African-American man was quickly apprehended, charged, and — wrongly — convicted of the crime.
Dick Lehr, a former reporter for the Boston Globes famous Spotlight Team who worked on this story three decades ago, brings the case to light once more with Trell, a page-turning novel about the daughter of the imprisoned man, who persuades a reporter and a lawyer to help her prove her fathers innocence. What pieces of evidence might have been overlooked? Can they manage to get to the truth before a dangerous character from the neighborhood gets to them?
AUTHOR INFO: Dick Lehr is the author of Black Mass, a New York Times bestseller about mafia crime boss Whitey Bulger co-authored with Gerard ONeill and made into a film starring Johnny Depp. His most recent book is The Birth of a Nation, which Booklist deemed in a starred review a remarkable look at the power of mass media and the nascent civil rights movement at a pivotal time in American history. Dick Lehr is a former reporter for the Boston Globe and now teaches journalism at Boston University. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
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