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Upon his release from a ten-year stint in the state prison, Tyrone returns home only to find out his son Marcus has been charged with murder and scheduled to be put to death in a matter of days. Tyrone knows his son could not have committed the crime of which he was charged; he is too soft for that kind of violence. Tyrone seeks out the attorney who represented Marcus and has the audacity to question his handling of Marcus's case. Tyrone takes it upon himself to re-investigate the case and finds evidence that were overlooked during the initial trial and investigation. While conducting his investigation, Tyrone also has to contend with his sisters, mother, probation officer, in-laws and an emotionally fragile wife. Some of them are supportive of him and his actions; but others are waiting for him to slip up and return to old habits and eventually prison.
I am glad I gave this book a chance as it is one I probably would not have picked up on my own, but read it because it was a book club selection. The book starts off slow, like a hot lazy day in Louisiana, and as the sun goes down and cools things off, the action of the people speeds up just as the action of the book gradually gains momentum. The dialogue was crisp and as a reader I felt as if I was eavesdropping on intimate conversations between the characters. Hill does a wonderful job of building up to and maintaining the suspense to a climax ending.
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We are all too familiar with crime, absentee fathers, inadequate representation in the justice system, etc. but this novel goes a step further. It illustrates the power of unconditional love for family and its impact on circumstances and situations,needless to say, it tests one's ability to stay steadfast in difficult situations. If you are looking for love, intrigue, suspense and prose that is written eloquently, I suggest you grab some tea and get read for an excellent read.
Cry Me a River is the best book I've ever read. Mr. Hill is an excellent story teller with the unique ability to create characters that are unbelievably familiar to his audience.
I have read his other books,Satisfied With Nothin'& A Life For a Life,and like Cry Me a River, they both are well written, entertaining novels with powerful messages about the importantance of education, the power of love, the need for strong families and the value of friendship, to name a few.
I can't wait to read his next book.
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Henry Earl is a very special and unusual man. After his son and only child is murdered while working at a convenience store by D'Ray Reid, Earl decides to befriend the young D'Ray and become his mentor. While D'Ray is imprisoned it is Henry Earl who becomes his only visitor and his biggest champion. When young man D'Ray is released from prison it is Earl who gives him a place to stay and Somethings that D'Ray needs...a home, forgiveness, understanding and love. As another reviewer stated, the relationship that developed between D'Ray Reid and Henry Earl was nothing short of miraculous.
A Life for a Life by Ernest Hill is a well-written book but one that's hard to fathom. As a parent, who loves her children dearly, I find it hard to believe that anyone would be able to form a bond, a friendship, a kinship with someone who killed their child especially their only child. Therefore, the more I read this story the more implausible it became for me. Unfortunately, in real life, I wouldn't have as much empathy, love or forgiveness. Maybe that's the lesson that Hill was trying to teach us. This aside, A Life For a Life is a universal read with a social message. I recommend this book to parents and children, students and teachers as well as anyone who likes a provocative and controversial storyline.
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It also contains plenty of illustrations with explanations, although they sometimes don't appear to be in sync.
It has a project section but, since it was not written by the author, it does not match very well with the content of the book.
Anyway, if you just want to have a general understanding of working with wood, this book will be of help.
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This is well-known respected text which is an excellent book for both students and practioners in the field of instrumentation. It is a well-established reference which has been refined over a number of editions. Scope of the text is wide and the balance between theoretical principles and practical applications is well-judged. If you can only afford one book on instrumentation then this is definitely one to get -it has served me well both at college and in industry. At nearly 1000 pages of good quality content it is worth its hardback price - the paperback version is excellent value if still available.
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I am in software industry for about 12 years and I have never read anything worse than this.