Friday, February 2, 2018

Book Review: 'Decades Of Doubt' by Eric Wilson

New Hampshire author Eric Wilson served in the United States Marine Corps before beginning his career as a trial associate, focusing and excelling as a criminal defense and litigation attorney, trying many cases for clients being charged with an array of crimes from murder, negligent homicide to other major felony matters. Now he is a partner in his own law firm, Wilson, Bush, Durkin & Keefe. Eric was featured in a CBS 48 Hours Murder Mystery episode then wrote the book regarding the episode. He most assuredly has the background for the tenor of this book. He is joined by Los Angeles co-author and journalist John Turner, who brings authenticity to the book in that he was the victim of a brutal mugging and assault, suffering a traumatic brain injury in the attack.

For those who seek books that explore cold case murder mysteries this book is sure to satisfy. It is about the murder of young John McCabe and the subsequent faulty trials that made this case one of such fascination to the press and the public. As the synopsis clearly states, Decades of Doubt is ‘a gripping true-life mystery that follows the case of a 15-year-old boy bound and strangled in Massachusetts in 1969, the ensuing investigation that continues for over forty years, and the shocking events of the resulting trials. A handsome, high profile and tenacious defense attorney. Three elusive suspects. An investigation that stretches across four decades. And two frenetic murder trials. As defense counsel for one of three men charged with the crime, New Hampshire attorney Eric Wilson undermines the State’s evidence, destroys the credibility of the prosecution’s star witness, and overcomes insurmountable odds in an attempt to bankrupt the prosecution’s case. And even before the verdict is rendered, Wilson again raises the question to which readers will beg for an answer: who really killed John McCabe?

Part Perry Mason, part classic topics of films, DECADES OF DOUBT not only reads well, it also brings to our attention the corruption of the legal system where winning a case is more important than the guilt of the person(s) on trial. Wilson handles this aspect well and the result is a book that not only keeps us gripping the seat of our chair but also teaches us the machinations of criminal law. Grady Harp, August 16

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