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Hannah Petrowski is a successful lawyer, haunted by the disappearance and apparent murder of her twin sister thirty years ago. Making matters even worse, she believes that Ted Barnett, the man convicted of the murder, is now stalking her.
Living above the golf course where the murder occurred, she is in a position to observe almost everyone associated with the course and although Ted Barnett was convicted, there are others who arouse her suspicion.
Ted Barnett walked along the empty hall. Next to him was a guard, one of the â€˜goon squadâ€™ as they were known. Goons were interior guards, as opposed to the tower guards who never worked inside. This was his last walk down this hall. He passed the sign indicating the way to â€˜North Seg,â€™ a wing housing condemned prisoners. There were actually four death rows at San Quentin State Prison, but â€˜North Segâ€™ was the most popular, because it had the best living conditions. All of the rest of the death rows got progressively worse and progressively more constrained.
On they walked, and Ted let his gaze wander around the corridor as they approached the fateful elevator. The one that took condemned men on their last ride to the basement where the gas chamber and lethal injection rooms were both located. You had to choose to be gassed, since the state of California had outlawed the involuntary use of the gas chamber in the mid 1990s. It was beyond the reasoning of Ted why anyone would choose gas over lethal injection, but apparently some did.
Fortunately for Ted when he was convicted in 1974, he wasnâ€™t sentenced to death. Back then all they used was the gas chamber; from the stories he had heard, he wanted no part of that. In fact, he didnâ€™t want to die at all, and through good fortune it appeared he wasnâ€™t going to, at least not in San Quentin.
Finally, they reached the registration cage. Ted hadnâ€™t been here for thirty years. At that time he was coming in, but now he was going out. He had served his time and was soon to be a free man once again. He had been a young and vigorous man when first incarcerated, and now, though in better shape than some, he was old, much older than his fifty years, in both mind and body. Today, though, he had something to be thankful for after all these years. He had survived San Quentin.
There wasnâ€™t much to be done at the registration desk. Ted picked up the personal belongings he had brought in with him, and that wasnâ€™t much. Still accompanied by the guard, he crossed the open area from the administration building to the sally port. Once cleared, he left it for another open area. At this point he was actually outside the prison walls. The tower guards were looking the opposite direction from him for the first time in thirty years. The guard had left him at the sally port. Ted was now free. It only remained for him to walk out the main gate. A gate not even guarded.
Standing outside, he took several deep breaths of the ocean air that was gently blowing in off the Pacific Ocean. He let his eyes wander around the horizon, scanning the San Francisco Bay and the ocean beyond. These were his first breaths of air free from the stone prison that had become his home. For several minutes he let his eyes wander over the far horizons; he had not been in a position to look so far without seeing a wall or guard in what seemed an eternity. Ted was content to stand and look out over the horizon forever, but it was not to be.
"Hey, I get paid to give you a ride into town, not sit here and wait all day. I get a flat rate from the state for these cab rides. Letâ€™s go, huh? I got better fares I could be picking up,â€ a voice said from behind him. Ted turned to see a man dressed in blue jeans and a tee shirt with â€˜Checker Cab Companyâ€™ emblazoned on its front in yellow letters.
"Sure thing, mister,â€ Ted replied. This was his free ride to town, but from there he was on his own
Robert is an attorney who has been practicing law in Central Illinois for over 20 years. In the 1970s he served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman and later was a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generalâ€™s Corp, Army National Guard. Robert draws on his life experiences in his writing and melds his experiences with his characters to give them a realism that draws the reader into their lives.
The First Suitor: When Jack Allen, an entry-level computer analyst working in his fourth floor cubicle at the NSA, receives a phone call from his boss, little does he realize what is in store. Jane Marshall, the daughter of the President, is having problems with her computer and Jack is sent to fix the problem... Be sure you have a supply of tissues handy by the time you near the end of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will be looking for more of Robert Allison's works in the future. All lovers of romances will want to read The First Suitor. --Robert H. Goss, Roundtablereviews
Matters of Faith: I cannot begin to tell you the depth of this story, but I will tell you thatâ€™s not a run of the mill work. You will be taken on a read of a lifetime and will be elated at the ending of this outstanding book. Just who was behind the kidnapping of little Pamela and is she still alive? Will Elizabeth ever come out of her coma? ....The answers await you in this remarkable read. We have tragedy, murder, deceit, unspeakable evil and love, and faith, working through characters that will become more real to you than your next door neighbor. The story is complex and totally engrossing as author Robert Allison craftily intertwines events and people, building a pyramid of mystery and suspense, yet touching the very core of faith, loyalty and love. The emotions that are stirred during this read leave you convinced that this life saga is not a fiction tale but a journal of real-life happenings. Good job! I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Every element for a wonderful read is nestled between the pages. A gift to you the seeker of a great read by a very talented writer. -- Shirley Johnson, Senior Reviewer, MidWest Book Review
Matters of Faith is an in depth book that really takes hold from the first page... Robert Allison has blended a terrible tragedy, along with murder, fraud, with a mixture of love and faith throughout the characters as they work together to find much needed answers to the problems surrounding them. Each story is captivating as it creates events that build up to a thrilling conclusion that causes an adrenaline rush.
Robert Allison is a gifted writer who has taken words and made them into a suspense filled book that delivers. He weaves the characters into different stories allowing the reader to feel the emotions that they all must endure...His writing grips and holds you to the last page. I cannot stress enough about this mystery. I really found this book a great read. Matters of Faith will be available at Wings ePress January 2006 in e-book and paperback. Be sure you pick up a copy and be prepared for a heart-racing thriller. -- Linda, Romance at Heart Magazine
Fairway Fatality: I have to say Robert James Allison is a master at his craft. He has learned how to take the reader down one road that appears to have the ending and then quickly take you on a turn that whips around and totally disorients you, leaving you to wonder what happened. Who done it, and why, is never known until the ending and this story is no different. Complex, yet simple, this book has it all; mysterious characters clamor for your attention as years of hidden secrets are played out in a top-notch conclusion. Hats off to you Mr. Allison, you did it again. Don't miss this one folks; a real winner. -- Shirley Johnson, Senior Reviewer, MidWest Book Review
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 278
Paper Weight (lb): 11.6
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