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The Accused

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Published: 1958
Language: English
Wordcount: 53,560 / 150 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 50,828
Added to site: 2007.12.23 19469

A courtroom drama.

Show Excerpt


Gurney: What was the face value of the policy?

Gorham: One thousand dollars.

Gurney: Do you know how much money Morlock owed at the time of his wife's death?

Gorham: Certainly not.

Gurney: But you do know that he was heavily in debt and that he was being hounded by his creditors.

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts vs. Alvin Morlock. Direct testimony of George Gorham.

It was only half-past two when Morlock stopped in front of the immaculately gleaming facade of the appliance store. Embarrassment and shame waited for him in the building, and he hesitated before he entered. He had been here once before when Lolly had picked out a television set and a refrigerator and a stove. In that order, he remembered wryly. And the largest television set, the smallest refrigerator and stove.

He shook his head silently at the clerk who came to meet him and walked toward the back of the store where a green neon script sign marked the credit departme

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.2 from 11 reviews: *****

interesting book. A good read


A very interesting book and intriguing. Suspense-filled too. I like the how the story is written,present interlinked with the past. Though,I was annoyed by the behaviour of the main character,Alvin Morlock, but it actually paid off at the end. A good book!

Dai Alanye

The Accused is an excellent piece of writing, albeit not an upbeat one.


A good read, although you will probably soon find yourself wishing you could slap some sense into Alvin, the main character. His tolerance for his badly behaved wife requires a long leap of faith by the reader, although the motives for his passive behavior become clear at the end.


enjoyed reading it. the pace was awesome


I enjoyed the book very much... the characters were well developed and the pace was exciting too.


A very well written book, with intriguing characters and some unpredictable turns at times, but most of the time there were some hints that indicated the direction the story would go, however it is a very enjoyable book.


A good enough read to pass the time. Some more depth and history to the characters would have built the suspense better. Also liked the back and forth between the trial in the present and the events preceding it.


A good book. The back and forth between the trial and a third person account of the relationship between the accused and the "victem" makes for an interesting read. Unfortunately, the story is pretty predictable.


An enjoyable read. A lonely soul striving to make right for a painful past only to find his present to be beyond his control.

Generosa Rader

Alvin, a meek, self-deprecating college teacher and Louise marry after a brief friendship, to relieve their mutual loneliness, despair and search for love. Her tawdry past, unknown to Alvin, includes promiscuity, gambling, drinking and unbridled spending. These traits begin to surface soon after the marriage. Three months after the wedding, Alvin is charged with the murder of Louise. Did Alvin kill Louise? Was it justified? The plot unfolds via many accounts of the court-room trial followed by Alvin and Louise's related life experiences. The author excels in describing motivations, emotions, strengths and weaknesses governing this tragic couple. This is a poignant story of unfulfilled lives and lost love.



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