Bones of Black Saints by Alex Charns
Bull City Law Publishing (a wholly owned fiction of the Charns Law Office)
$10.00, paperback / $0.99, e-book
Fiction: Legal / Drama
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com
They said it couldn't happen in progressive Durham. A young Black Lives Matter activist framed for shooting a white cop.
Racial discrimination impacts every facet of the Durham criminal justice system, including the white defense attorneys.
Injustice served up Bull City style.
What happens in the South when a white cop tries to kill a young Black man and there is no videotape? The victim gets tried on trumped up charges.
Star, Katazina Gold Gwiazda, a quirky, flamboyant defender, represents controversial Black Lives Matter activist Marcos Salazar for attempted murder of a vice cop.
Assistant District Attorney Stonewall Jackson Gross doesn't like women, civil rights protesters, or Star. Things get hotter when Marcos' cousin, L.A. Hip Hop star J-Zap Salazar writes a hit song "Framed" and accuses the cops and prosecution of racism.
The shooting and tear-down of the Confederate soldier monument get the local neo-Nazis riled up, and Star has to defend her client in court and protect herself at home.
The story is told by Star's law partner. Zenko Luczek is a staid, obsessive legal strategist who unsuccessfully tries to rein in Star when she gets too theatrical.
Alex Charns has practiced criminal defense and police misconduct law in Durham for over thirty-five years. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner and many other publications. He is author of Cloak and Gavel: FBI Wiretaps, Bugs, Informers and the Supreme Court.