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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
African-American Duane Freeman has served a seven year prison term for assault and now works as a janitor for Sunnycrest Mental Hospital in Dinuba, California. He worked in the mental health buildings both at New Folsom prison and at Mule Creek State Prison. Competent at bio-hazard work and highly intelligent, Duane is hired right out of prison by Sunnycrest supervisor Rosalinda Burgueno who becomes his mentor. Living with his love, Graciela, and her three young children, David, Ramon, and Margarita, who just adore him, Duane is proud of his inner strength that allowed him to survive California gang wars and the prison itself. Working his shift at Sunnycrest, Duane sees one of the prison psychiatrists forcing himself upon a naked female inmate. What is going on at Sunnycrest Mental Hospital?
"Slapped by Injustice: Point Blank" is a highly readable and very well-written story of Duane Freeman and the life that he is handed. Duane is an incredible and very likeable main character who does fall to his knees but always manages to climb back to his feet. The many other characters in "Slapped by Injustice," such as Graciela, Dr. Schietzel and Princess Washburn, are well-created and totally believable and play well against Duane, making this story a first-rate read. The plot proceeds with the necessary stops and makes it a good drama. The dialogue is first-rate and adds to the story. Duane's success in living his life fully after seven years in prison will inspire many. Readers should put "Slapped by Injustice" at the top of their lists of books that are must-reads.