Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Price of Justice by Alan Brenham: Spotlight, Excerpt and Review


Price of Justice

by Alan Brenham


 His focus is on solving the murders—until the unthinkable happens…  

Recently widowed, Austin Police Detective Jason Scarsdale works to solve the murders of two pedophiles, while trying to be both mother and father to his five-year-old daughter. During his investigation, Scarsdale is forced to navigate between the crosshairs of two police commanders out to get him. Drawn to Austin Police Crime Analyst, Dani Mueller, who has also suffered tragedy, Scarsdale fights both his attraction and his suspicions that something just isn’t right…  

She is hiding a secret, one that could not only cost her a job—it could end her life…  

Dani hides a deadly past. After her daughter was brutally murdered, Dani exacted her revenge then changed her name and fled to Austin. But if her secret ever gets out, she knows there is no place she can hide from the murderer’s vicious family. 

Pulled into a web of malice and deceit, Scarsdale and Dani discover the value of breaking the rules. Then just when they thought things couldn’t get worse…they do.



Scarsdale trudged into the courthouse, flashing his badge so he could bypass security. He stopped at the rear of a throng of people maneuvering to get an elevator. He checked to see where the four elevators were—one was stopped on floor three, another just arrived at the fifth floor and two seemed stuck on Eight. People elbowed their way closer to the doors—even he got jostled. A distinct odor of alcohol, mixed with cheap perfume and a trace of marihuana, made him sneeze a couple of times.

Looking around, Scarsdale didn’t recognize anyone connected with his dreaded hearing. He leaned against the wall and let his thoughts drift. The events of the past five years flashed through his mind. The wedding Marcy refused to attend. Then Charity’s funeral—the second time Marcy had seen Shannon since she was born—gushing over her granddaughter, telling Shannon how much she missed her. Scarsdale stopped outside the big wooden courtroom doors. He stared at the brass door handles. What will the judge decide? 

His heart hammered against his chest. Taking a couple of deep breaths and swallowing hard, he pulled the courtroom doors open.




I really enjoyed this thriller and once I began I just could not stop reading!   I was never sure how everything would shake out;  Dani and Jason’s personal tragedies and horrific heartbreak keep me intensely invested in making sure the bad guys got their just rewards.   I liked mentally debating the social conundrum of justice rendered and forfeited due to legal loopholes and/or inept prosecution.  For me, there is always the consideration of actually convicting an innocent person verses allowing a guilty person freedom to commit another atrocity.  The pedophiles in this book are irredeemable monsters deserving of whatever karma dishes out.  This thriller pulls out all the stops, and relentlessly reveals the emotional depths and lengths a parent will take when those monsters seem to be untouchable. 

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review. 

Reviewed by Laurie-J


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Alan Brenham is the pseudonym of Alan Behr, an American author and attorney. He served as a law enforcement officer before earning a law degree. He worked first as a prosecutor then defense attorney for the next twenty-six years. His travels took him to several European and Middle Eastern countries, Alaska and almost every island in the Caribbean. While contracted to US military forces, he resided in Berlin, Germany for a few years. Alan and his wife, Lillian, currently live in the Austin, Texas area. He has authored two crime fiction books, Price of Justice and Cornered, and is working on a third titled Rampage.



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