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BOOK REVIEW: DELUSION
BY PETER ABRAHAMS

We hope you enjoy this book review by Allen Hott





After 20 years in prison, a convicted murderer is released based on findings of the Justice Project, a governmental task force that works cold cases looking for incorrect judgments from the past. Immediately two people’s lives change drastically. The first is the condemned man and the second is Nell Jarreau, who identified him as the killer. The man who was killed was Nell’s fiancé at the time and as it turned out also the father of her unborn daughter. All of the action is centered in Belle Ville, a small town on the Gulf Coast that has recently been devastated by Hurricane Bernardine.

Alvin DuPree, the convicted man, has suffered greatly while in prison and part of his suffering earned him the nickname of Pirate. Another prisoner using a spoon, while Pirate was held down, pulled one of Pirate’s eyes from the socket. Pirate wears a patch and also uses the empty socket to house a miniature weapon that he fashioned from a broken razor blade. The Justice Project is footing the bill for DuPree and he is living well while not particularly harboring any resentment for the lady who fingered him 20 years ago.

However a local news reporter discovers the release and begins to dig deeper for a possible story. And at the same time Nell, who is now married to the Chief of Police of Belle Ville, begins to wonder how to handle the recurrence of her nightmare. After the first shockwaves of the release die down, she begins to attempt to go back in her mind to see if in fact she did identify the right killer.

As the story progresses Nell finds more and more reasons to doubt her own convictions. She feels as though she was in a Delusion at the time and perhaps was coerced into making the call on the killer.

Her husband was the investigating officer, not the Police Chief, at the time. However he has always had very close ties to two brothers who are important members of Belle Ville society. One of the two is the mayor of the city and the other owns and operates the largest business in the area. These three play important roles in the entire story as does Norah, Nell’s daughter from her escapade with her then fiancée many years ago.

Peter Abrahams has put together a fantastic mystery with many twists and turns. Views from the eyes of Pirate and from Nell are intermingled to provide necessary information and add to the weaving of the plot. If you have never read any of Abrahams’ many books Delusion is a good one for a beginning. It was my first of his but I guarantee it will not be my last. Tremendous reading!

REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT

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