Caged to Kill: A Different Gripping Stand-Alone Thriller Novel (Lawyer David Thompson Legal Thrillers Series Book 2) by Tom Swyers

Reviewed by Allen Hott

In answering a tapping knock on his door one evening, David Thompson discovers Phillip Dawkins. He recognizes Dawkins because Thompson, as an attorney, had had some dealings with Dawkins while Dawkins was in prison. Thompson is quickly afraid and threatens to call the police. Dawkins asks him to check the latest news to see that he (Dawkins) had been freed from prison under something called the Innocence Project.

Although he had not only been in prison but actually he had been in solitary confinement for killing a police officer. However how after thirty some years the state was releasing some prisoners as a gesture toward “bettering the entire process”. That gesture appears later to be false!

Phillip had been corresponding with David at one time but after too many lengthy letters David stopped writing. Phillip said however he understood but he knew no one else in this general area and hoped that David could give him a hand or a restart in life outside of prison.

At first David doesn’t want Phillip to have anything to do with his wife and son who are both out for the evening. So after first trying to put him in a shed and deciding he would be too cold, David takes him to a fairly close motel for the night.

The story continues with how David and his family (once they find out about Phillip) all try to help this man who has many mental problems from his time not only in prison but in solitary confinement. They get him employment and pretty much look after him closely.

Many obstacles are constantly coming into play but especially those involving the entire prison system. It appears that many of those involved in the upper echelons of the state’s penal process have their own problems and they are working to rid themselves of these problems.

Very interesting read with plenty of places to look and wonder how the entire process of putting a person in prison works. But it also looks hard at realizing that maybe the system wasn’t correct at all. There is also a prologue that even further builds on the entire thought by interviewing a real-live person who has lived through it all.