I have been in desperate need of a new book lately. But the problem is- I am picky- I am really only into Historical Fiction books, and even then- I am normally only into ones that take place during the Civil War or World War 2. I have got to be honest- those are hard to come by. But then I ran across a book called Last Chance for Justice by T.K. Thorne. This is actually a non fiction book, however, the cover alone had me intrigued. I was honestly hesitant to even reach out about this book because, well, there is a TON of anti Law Enforcement stuff out there and with me being a wife of a Popo I tend to watch what I bring into the house. Then I read more about the author. So let us start there.
T.K Thorn is a retired Birmingham, AL Police Captain. Growing up she had a passion for storytelling and it was fueled even more when she joined the Law Enforcement field. When she retired she became executive director for Birmingham’s business improvement district. She has served on numerous community boards and earned awards for those such as Birmingham’s International Center’s “Motivating Women”, the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award, and the Community Affairs “Liberty & Justice Award”. She has written other books called Noah’s Wife and Angels at the Gate. Here are some more fun and random facts about her from her site:
- I’m a 4th degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido.
- At age 8, I won a ribbon for being stubborn.
- I dove the Great Blue Hole in Belize, the largest sea hole in the world.
- As a rookie police officer, I had to devise a different way to hold a gun because my hands were too small.
- I need Indian food at least once a week.
- I once had an M-16 rifle pointed at me while researching a book.
- Frogs make me smile.
Now about the book. Last Chance for Justice is about the Birmingham bombings that took place in 1963. There was bomb outside of an African American church and it exploded on a Sunday morning killing 4 young girls. 37 years later the FBI reopens the case even though key witnesses have since passed, the only person convicted wont talk about it, and little hope for finding evidence on the last two suspects. From the site:
Last Chance for Justice is the story of that investigation, told from the perspective of police detective Ben Herren and FBI Special Agent Bill Fleming, whose initially chilly relationship evolves into a close partnership. For over a year they analyze in secret the thousands of documents in FBI files on the bombing and the Ku Klux Klan before conducting their first interview. That interview—with Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry—breaks open the case … but not in the way they expected. With tenacity, humor, luck, and dedication, they encounter the worst and best in human nature on their journey to find justice.
I am so glad I received this book to review. I haven’t had a chance to finish it yet because well- life keeps happening. But I pick it up when ever I get the chance. Even during my lunch at work. It is fascinating and memorizing. It is full of facts, like names, dates, places. So I can see myself as if I am a fly in the room doing the investigation myself. The pictures from the original case through out the books brings it to life even more. It shows a unique perspective of what Law Enforcement goes through on difficult cases, and a perspective that could only be brought out by someone who understands and gets it. I never knew a lot about the Birmingham bombings so it intrigued me, and is keeping me wanting to read more. I guess it is a good thing I am part way through because now I wont be tempted to give away to much detail! I highly suggest picking it up and reading it!
You can find this book at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon.com as well! Check out the T.K’s website for more information and to learn more about her other books as well!
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