The Accused

The Accused


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The Accused by Harold R. Daniels







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The Accused


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A courtroom drama.

Book 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

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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.
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.