Financial Stay of Execution

Fiction - Crime
176 Pages
Reviewed on 07/07/2022
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Financial Stay of Execution is a work of fiction in the crime and suspense subgenres. It is intended for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Ryan D. Patterson Sr. In this work filled with legal thrills, difficult decisions, and painful consequences, we follow the complex life of Judge Payton, who has been tasked with sending several young men to death row in his career already. In his search for a different sentence to clear the weight on his mind, Payton discovers a new loophole, but the complications of the titular financial stay of execution could bring more aggression and controversy to the courtroom than ever before.

I thoroughly enjoyed this highly unusual work of legal and crime fiction, because it was interesting to see such a unique idea explored in a creative and emotionally conscious way. Author Ryan D. Patterson Sr. has a clear gift for developing the psyche of his characters, and it was fascinating to dive into central protagonist Payton’s mind, but also into the likes of Charles’s motivations and actions as well as those around him, either for or against his heinous actions. The viewpoints surrounding this grisly case are well balanced and nothing ever glorifies the more grotesque elements, but there’s also a good representation of different opinions on death row and whether such penalties ought to still exist nowadays. Overall, Financial Stay of Execution is a truly fascinating work that all crime fans are sure to enjoy for its fast pace, psychological details, and immersive storyline.

Jennie More

Financial Stay of Execution by Ryan D. Patterson Sr. is the story of Judge Payton, who is frustrated with sentencing young men to the death penalty. After sharing his concerns regarding the death penalty with his colleague Judge Perry, he adjudicates the hearing of Charles Williams. Charles has committed four counts of first-degree murder, thus qualifying for the death penalty. Once Charles is found guilty, his lawyer announces their intention to appeal for the Financial Stay of Execution Law. A judge can apply the Financial Stay of Execution Law to a defendant sentenced to the death penalty, allowing the prisoner's release provided a sponsor will pay a monthly fee for the rest of the criminal's life. Judge Payton explores this new law with the hope of giving this young man another chance at life, but he soon learns that not even the law is faultless.

Financial Stay of Execution by Ryan D. Patterson Sr. is a thrilling, suspenseful, and thought-provoking story. I enjoyed reading this book because it made me think deeply about the law and humanity's sense of right and wrong. Patterson explores the controversial topic of the death penalty, questioning its validity, by juxtaposing it with another similarly extreme option – the Financial Stay of Execution Law, where the criminal does not pay for their crime in any form. Both options have flaws. With the Financial Stay Law, there is no retribution for victims' families. Still, the death penalty has moral implications, especially in the case of Judge Payton, who feels personally tormented for sentencing men to death. The moral of the story is that perhaps there is no need for extremes. Financial Stay of Execution is a brilliant story - gripping, imaginative, and intense.

Alma Boucher

In Financial Stay of Execution by Ryan Patterson, Judge Paton is getting tired of sending young men to death row as he feels they are just beginning their lives and are misguided. He just sent a young man to the state prison where he will remain until the execution of the death penalty. His mother was having a tough time with him being sent away and broke a glass to cut her wrists. Payton struggles with the thought of who gave the judges the right to decide whether a person is sentenced to life or gets the death penalty. Charles Williams is given the death penalty and his attorney’s motion is for the Financial Stay of Execution. His death penalty was vacated, and he had to go to prison for six months before being eligible for sponsorship.

Financial Stay of Execution by Ryan Patterson is suspenseful and fast-paced with a thrilling plot; the suspense makes it very powerful. There were so many twists and turns that I never knew what to expect next and I was intrigued by the events. I kept turning the pages and could not put it down. There were so many different events without losing the thread of the story. The characters were fully developed, each with an intriguing backstory. I got to learn about each character more deeply, and I could relate to them. The story was unpredictable and there was always a surprise turn waiting for me. It was well written and had my attention from the beginning. It managed to exceed my expectations, and the end was nothing at all what I expected.