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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.