Sunday, November 4, 2012

"What KEVIN DAVIS writes, YOU should read."



Having recently gotten on and into LinkedIn, I found and discovered:


Kevin Davis,

a terrific Chicago-based Writer/Author/Journalist who has penned a Book called:


Defending the Damned: Inside a Dark Corner of the Criminal Justice System - [Paperback]


online at:


What initially grabbed me about his Book Review (found above on Amazon) was this opening sentence that stated:


“Chicago was the nation's deadliest city in 2001, recording 666 homicides.”


Well, I could have been the 667TH Victim/Fatality as on Monday, December 23, 1991 at 6 PM sharp, I was beat-up, robbed and left-for-dead in the lobby of my apartment.  Yet, it was not until today, November 4, 2012 that I realized that fact that Kevin told us.  Of course, this book piqued my interest and I don’t intend to put it down till I finish it!


However,  I initially discovered Kevin’s work as he had researched an article on the Brain and how it can become ‘abnormal’ if an injury happens.  Yes, in other words, Criminals are not born bad; an accident can happen that incites that crime. And, let’s not forget our War Heroes who are coming home with great injuries.  Needless to say, Mr. Davis is writing about an incredibly interesting topic so I wanted to learn more as the Brain has always fascinated me (personally) as it does for so many others.  More of his book’s description about


Defending the Damned: Inside a Dark Corner of the Criminal Justice System


follows for your perusal in the next 4 paragraphs: 


Book Description:  Released on: Tuesday, September 2, 2008


“Chicago was the nation's deadliest city in 2001, recording 666 homicides. For lawyers in the Cook County Public Defender's Office Murder Task Force, that meant a steady flow of new clients. Eight out of ten people arrested for murder in Chicago are represented by public defenders. They're assigned the most challenging and seemingly hopeless cases, yet they always fight to win.

One of those lawyers is Marijane Placek, a snakeskin boot-wearing, Shakespeare-quoting nonconformist whose courtroom bravado and sharp legal skills have made her a well-known figure around the courthouse. When an ex-convict was arrested on charges of killing a Chicago police officer that deadly year, Placek got the high-profile case, and her defense forms the hub around which the book's narrative revolves.

Veteran journalist Kevin Davis reveals the compelling true story of a team of battle-scarred lawyers fighting against all odds. Unflinching, gripping, and full of surprises, Defending the Damned is an unforgettable human story and engaging courtroom drama where life and death hang in the balance. Davis explores the motives that compel these lawyers to come to work in this dark corner of the criminal justice system and exposes their insular and often misunderstood world.”

This, to me, is as INTERESTING as INTERESTING & EXCITING gets. Pick up your copy of

Defending the Damned: Inside a Dark Corner of the Criminal Justice System


If you wish to learn more about Kevin’s Writing Process or interview him,  please check out his Website at:

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