It was supposed to be a very happy night for Danny Cartwright and the love of his life, Beth. As they were enjoying an evening out, Danny got down on his knees and proposed to Beth. Beth’s brother, Bernie, was also on hand to celebrate the big night.
Everything was going fine until four men, who had too much to drink, started to throw insults Danny’s way. There is a big fight and Bernie is stabbed to death. The four men, Spencer Craig, Lawrence Davenport, Gerald Payne, and Toby Mortimer, all state that Danny was responsible for the killing. Since these four are graduates of a very fine university and have good jobs, there words were believed. Danny, on the other hand, is a nobody so he is charged with the murder.
Danny, of course, did not have the money to hire a good lawyer so he got one that he could afford. You can just imagine what happened to his lawyer up against a very good prosecutor.
Danny is convicted of the crime and sentenced to twenty-two years at a maximum-security prison. His goal is to escape from prison, get revenge on these four men and prove his innocence.
Is Danny able to succeed with this goal?
First of all, you should be warned that this is a long book – almost 500 pages. With that said, the book is fast paced and it is well worth the time it might take you to read it. Jeffrey Archer sets the scene for the reader and you will have fun trying to put it all together. You will feel yourself really rooting for Danny as you go along hoping that he will be able, through his determination, to get even. There are many surprises in store for the reader and you will find a surprising conclusion. A Prisoner of Birth is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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