Will Boisvert
September 12, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Cure for Night

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Justin Peacock
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A

Justin Peacock blends taut courtroom drama with The Wire‘s gritty urban realism in his razor-sharp debut, A Cure for Night. His corporate law career ruined by a drug scandal, Joel Deveraux lands at the Brooklyn Defenders’ office, where he defends a black drug dealer accused of shooting a white college kid. Dubious witnesses and murky motives — brought to life in a nuanced depiction of the ghetto — mean the truth has no bearing on the case. As Peacock shows, the scales of justice only ensure that the guilty who go free balance the innocent who don’t. A

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