Contempt by Michael Cordell / #Review @TCKPublishing

Lawyer Thane Banning has just been released from prison after serving five years for a murder he didn’t commit.

A free man due only to a legal technicality, Thane must clear his name, repair his fragile marriage, and rebuild the life he once cherished. But his efforts are complicated by death threats from the father of his alleged victim and the tidal wave of public outrage at his release.

As Thane begins to find footing in the free world, a former fellow inmate is accused of murder by the same DA who put Thane behind bars. The inmate reaches out to Thane, who is unable to resist the desperate plea for help. He takes the case, thereby pitting himself against the ruthless adversary who stole five years of his life. And this adversary has a grudge to settle.

But prison has taught Thane a thing or two about survival, and the last time he played by the rules, he landed on death row. This time he’s staking it all – his marriage, his reputation, and even his life – on the outcome of the impending case. Thane is determined to do whatever it takes to uncover the truth, especially when startling links to his own conviction rise to the surface. But will he uncover the truth in time?




This was a great book! The author certainly had me fooled more than once and I loved it.

A lawyer often specializes in a certain domain in order to help his clients in the best possible way, but a good lawyer, should he not be able to take on any case and make it a success?

That’s how Thane sees it too when a friend reaches out to him. He dives into the case with the determination of a pit bull, deciding to not let go before he has found out the truth. The consequences? Well, that is something he will deal with afterwards. He has to see this through before he can pick up where he left off 5 years ago.

Is it about revenge? Yes. Is it about justice? Yes. Is he taking risks? Yes. Will he uncover the truth? Yes!

I loved the way Thane presented the case. With every page I turned, my mouth started to fall open further and further and when everything was revealed, I could not believe my eyes. Never in a million years would I have seen this coming!

Shockingly good story. 5 stars

Thank you, Michael Cordell and TCK Punlishing


About the Author

Michael Cordell is a novelist, playwright and produced screenwriter. He has sold three screenplays to Hollywood, including Beeper, an action-thriller starring Harvey Keitel and Joey Lauren Adams.

Michael currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has taught screenwriting at the University of Virginia and at Writer House.


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