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Derrick Walton is a man on a mission, with a deadline. After losing his wife and finding out that he himself is seriously ill, he travels to Arizona to re-evaluate his life, rest, and try to find a purpose. At the same time, Larissa Baxter, the daughter of a friend, is falsely arrested for murdering her husband and Derrick devises a plan to rescue her from what seems to be a sure conviction. His less than well thought out plan begins to fall apart and has to be revised on the run, more than once. While in hiding, Larissa is forced to trust a stranger and in the process learns about faith, unconditional love, and second chances. Derrick has rescued Larissa and the time may come when she will need to rescue him. Can they avoid capture long enough for the truth to be revealed?
Innocence Denied by Mike Garrett is a riveting and compelling multi-layered story of love, murder, faith, and second chances. Mike Garrett introduces us to characters with depth and realism. Derrick Walton’s unusual and bizarre journey is captivating from beginning to end. Each twist and turn along the way keeps you guessing. Mike Garrett delivers a well-written, well-developed story with characters that you care about. From murder and injustice to love, trust and finding faith in God, Innocence Denied is hard to put down. As Derrick reaches out to help a total stranger find a second chance at life, he may finally find the love and peace that has eluded him. Each decision he makes will have lifelong consequences for everyone involved.