Blood on Their Hands by Bob Brink
Hiram Garbuncle is a veteran criminal defense attorney – as well as a miserly alcoholic. His life revolves around hoarding money, following sports, pursuing sex, drinking – and the prideful practice of law.
Alec Monceau is working as a computer salesman to support his daughter’s family in Trinidad. It is 2008, and his car carries an Obama bumper sticker. This political advertisement leads to a superfluous traffic stop and a brutal beating by police.
Garbuncle is reluctant to defend a man pro bono from a charge of violently resisting arrest, but he is so confident of winning that he is negligent in the jury selection, and a mistrial occurs. He then discovers incriminating evidence on the two cops, and his new challenge becomes how to keep himself and his client alive pending a new trial.
Along the way, a romantic affair turns into a tragic love story as Garbuncle’s paramour also becomes a target of the cops and their collaborators.
The inspiration for Blood on Their Hands came from the movies Gran Torino and My Cousin Vinnie. It is replete with suspense, thrills, plot twists, comedy, and crackling courtroom drama. The action includes violent scenes, and yes, a bit of titillating sex. Abundant humorous episodes provide comic relief from the pathos of a tragic love story. Amid an assortment of diverse characters, piquant dialogue, intrigue and moral tension is a message that resonates in our time.
Perhaps above all, Blood is a story of redemption.
Blood on Their Hands will be free on January 15 via the Kindle Select program.
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Bob Brink is a journalist who worked with the Palm Beach Post, The Associated Press in Chicago, Milwaukee Journal, Tampa Tribune, Palm Beach Media Group (magazines), and others. His byline has been on thousands of newspaper and magazine stories, and he was the recipient of numerous accolades and awards.
He authored the traditionally published novels Blood on Their Hands, a legal thriller, and Murder in Palm Beach, a mystery based on a real assassination. Other books are the coming-of-age novel Breaking Out, a compilation titled The Way It Was: Short Stories and Tall Tales, and the ghost-written memoir A Tale of Two Continents. He is shopping for an agent or publisher for his recently completed a work of creative nonfiction, Little Rag Doll: The Story of Wanda.
A jazz devotee, Brink learned to play the clarinet and tenor saxophone as an adult, and performed many years in a community symphonic band. He lives in Boynton Beach, Florida.