Cried For No One

Jace Forman

Fiction - Thriller - General
390 Pages
Reviewed on 04/04/2016
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Author Biography

I graduated from Vanderbilt University (B.A. 1973) and then obtained my law degree, Order of the Coif, from the Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University (J.D. 1976). I am a veteran trial lawyer with over thirty-five years of hands-on experience in the courtroom.

I taught Free Speech and First Amendment, Legal Advocacy, Public Speaking, and served as faculty advisor for the undergraduate mock trial team for Southern Methodist University. I was also part of a faculty team that developed the curriculum for an undergraduate pre-law minor. In the spring semester of 2012, I received the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award - an award voted upon solely by the students.

I have a wonderful wife who tirelessly and intelligently edits my manuscripts. We are blessed to have three happily-married children and eight healthy grandchildren. We split our time between our home in Nashville, Tennessee, and our mountain retreat in Monteagle, Tennessee.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

The dead body of a U.S. Senator’s mistress – disinterred and stolen from its casket - is found grotesquely displayed at the horrific scene of a church’s satanic desecration. When the young woman’s family sues the Caring Oaks Cemetery/Mortuary for negligence in their blatant absence of security, two highly successful and powerful attorneys – Jace Forman and Cal Connors, with highly antithetical styles and motivations – prepare to face off in a major legal battle for supremacy. So begins a courtroom drama penned by Hubert Crouch in his thoughtfully intriguing book, Cried For No One. This rambunctious story, however, is not about the trial itself but about the pre-trial maneuverings, investigations, revelations, complications, and manipulations that plague defense attorney Forman and his team as they desperately try to meet the inexplicably urgent schedule set by the court.

An inextricable web of sub-plots permeates this book, one of which pushes the boundary of credible coincidences to its limits, yet serves a vital purpose to the interest of the story by threatening Jace’s son; with another about the efforts of an eager investigative reporter pursuing justice, which seemingly gets dropped, only to resurface at the end as a possible segue to a much desired sequel – plot lines that are capably woven together. But where Crouch’s writing shines most is during Forman’s witness interrogations and interviews. Here, the writer masterfully demonstrates his thirty-five years of personal experience in the courtroom with making people talk, lending the kind of authenticity to his drama that keeps the reader reading, eager for the major revelation as to who committed that despicable and criminal act of desecration. The author does not disappoint.