Thursday, November 5, 2009

"Wyatt’s Revenge"

A board-certified trial lawyer, H. Terrell Griffin practiced law in Orlando for thirty-eight years. He is the author of Murder Key, Longboat Blues, Blood Island, and the newly released Wyatt’s Revenge.

He applied the Page 69 Test to Wyatt’s Revenge and reported the following:
Wyatt’s Revenge is the story of a good man, a retired trial lawyer named Matt Royal, who lives on an island off the Southwest coast of Florida. When his best friend, history professor Laurence Wyatt is murdered, Royal sets out to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice, one way or the other. Can a man deeply invested in the law and the legal system find it in himself to wreak his own vengeance when the system to which he has devoted his life fails?

Page 69 is part of a conversation between the protagonist Royal and another history professor named Austin Dwyer. This is the beginning of the unraveling of the mystery of the death of Wyatt. Royal becomes aware that the murder may have its roots in an obscene political movement that was destroyed sixty years before. The question then is simply, why?

The trail leads Matt Royal and his buddies Jock Algren and Logan Hamilton to Germany where they find themselves hunted by shadowy figures who have sprung from the past, from a time when Europe was dominated by Nazis. As the tension builds and the mystery unfolds, the characters begin to see the outline of a conspiracy stretching back to World War II.

It becomes clear that the cabal that ordered Wyatt’s murder has much larger aims and political ambitions. The action shifts back to Florida and then to the Northeast as Matt Royal follows the evidence and wrestles with the moral dilemmas he faces as he tries to take Wyatt’s revenge on the murderers and bring the aging masterminds to justice.
Read more about the book and author at H. Terrell Griffin's website.

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--Marshal Zeringue