What if the deadliest train wreck in the nation’s history was no accident?
When a passenger train derails in North Philadelphia with fatal results, idealistic criminal defense attorney Vaughn Coburn takes on the most personal case of his young career. The surviving engineer is his cousin Eddy, and when Eddy asks Vaughn to defend him, he can’t help but accept. Vaughn has a debt to repay, for he and his cousin share an old secret—one that changed both their lives forever.
As blame for the wreck zeros in on Eddy, Vaughn realizes there’s more to this case than meets the eye. Seeking the truth behind the crash, he finds himself the target of malicious attorneys, corrupt railroad men, and a mob boss whose son perished in the accident and wants nothing less than cold-blooded revenge. With the help of his ex-con private investigator and an old flame who works for the competition, Vaughn struggles to defeat powerful forces—and to escape his own past built on secrets and lies.
Well my, my, my! What a way to start the 2018 reading season off with a legal thriller so exciting, it’s literally begging Hollywood to turn this novel into a major feature film!
Talk about ripped from the headlines? A catastrophic train derailment not only tore up the tracks and anything that came within inches of its wrath, but destroyed the lives that it carried within its cars. These passengers were thrown about like clothes tumbling in a dryer. Some came out with major injuries, while others lost their lives right upon impact.
What on earth could have caused this derailment? If you were to ask Eddy Coburn, the engineer of Amtrak 174 train, he’d tell you he can’t remember what caused the accident. For you see, Eddy sustained life threatening injuries and was placed in an induced coma due to his brain swelling. The doctors didn’t want him to wake up or try to move while they tried to put his body back together again. His wife was beside herself with grief for the pain her husband was in and all those lives that would forever remain changed.
Of course, the media became frenzied with the story and trying to figure out who and/or what caused this derailment? But it didn’t take long to figure out who would ultimately be blamed for this tragedy. Yes, you guessed it, the engineer, Eddy Coburn. While the media continued to spin the story in every direction it would bend, Kathy, Eddy’s wife, called the only person she knew would be able to help her family out. Enters, Vaughn Coburn, cousin to Eddy.
Vaughn is a brilliant attorney working on his cases never dreaming that a matter this huge would end up in his lap. When he got the call, he had to answer. This, for Vaughn, was a no brainer. Eddy is family for God’s sake and there wasn’t any way he was going to let his cousin fry for this. After he visits with Eddy and his wife to get an assessment of what he was dealing with, it will soon become very clear to the reader that this case isn’t going to be so cut and dry after all. There are forces so strong that you will not see the circumstances coming.
Hot Damn, we’ve got a damn good thriller now! Man, Oh Man was this book good! I could not get enough of this story line. If you thought Myers outdid himself with his last novel, his newest one is going to knock your damn socks off for real. Myers is an exceptional writer and he puts the story right up in your face and you just can’t ignore or hide from what is happening. I became so frustrated with the bullshit that was happening to Eddy, I hated when I had to stop reading because I couldn’t wait to find out what the hell the system was going to do to him next? These characters were so lifelike, raw, gritty, telling, witty and vicious. Myers didn’t miss a trick in this latest installment. There’s a little bit of everything going on in here and I couldn’t control my excitement. This novel gave my mind quite an orgasmic stimulation, I hated when the story ended. When a book makes you feel that damn good, you already know it will last with you for years to come.
What an outstanding read! Damn, Intellectual Minds, as I told you last year when I read Myers A Criminal Defense, I knew I stumbled across a masterful writer. He does not let you down in this latest novel. If you love legal thrillers as much as I do, I am ordering you to get this book, An Engineered Injustice.
Mello & June gives An Engineered Injustice five locomotive speed-lightening stars! This, by far, was one of the best legal novels I’ve read. The story is so enticing and with Myers’ legal knowledge brings to life a story so horrible, yet so intriguing, you will not be able to put this down! If Hollywood doesn’t come knocking on Myers door soon, I don’t know what the hell they’re waiting on? This would be a blockbuster for real! Awesome, Awesome read! Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading! An Engineered Injustice goes on sale, Tuesday, January 23, 2018! You can pre-order now. Don’t delay!
Check out Mello & June’s review of Myers’ debut novel, A Criminal Defense.
You can also read Mello & June’s interview with the legal novelist here.