Janet Moodie is a death row attorney who prepares appeals for death
row inmates. Not the greatest job, but one that lets her pick and
choose which cases to take and she can do most of her work from
home. Recently widowed, Janet's husband Terry, also a lawyer,
committed suicide. Many of their old friends feel that Janet should have
seen the signs and done something to help him before things went too
Janet's latest case is with Andy and Emory Hardy, two brothers in
prison for killing and raping two women. Andy is sentenced to death
while Emory gets life in prison. Janet is curious about why their
sentences are different even though they were both found guilty. She
finds out that after being interrogated for several hours, Andy
confessed to being behind the whole thing. Janet believes Andy is
mentally handicapped; if that is the case, he would not be put to death.
Janet discusses this with Emory, but he claims that there is nothing
wrong with Andy, and everything really was his idea. Janet also speaks
with their mother, who will not allow her son to be tested. As she
continues to investigate their case, Janet discovers things about
Andy's past that may explain why he committed such horrible crimes...
For a first novel, L.F. Robertson writes a great mystery. There was so
much information about the differences between death row inmates
and life sentence inmates, as well as the prison system overall. I never
realized how much work goes into appealing a death conviction. Most
times the ending is not what the attorney is hoping for. Robertson
writes about how family members of prison inmates are affected by
their crimes, and what their pasts can reveal about them as people.
This was something I had not considered before. If you enjoy sinking
your teeth into a great mystery, pick up TWO LOST BOYS; it will not disappoint you.
Janet Moodie has spent years as a death row appeals
attorney. Over-worked, underpaid, and recently widowed,
sheís had her fill of hopeless cases, and is determined that
this will be her last. Her client is Marion ĎAndyí Hardy,
convicted fifteen years ago along with his brother Emory of
kidnapping, rape and murder of two prostitutes, but Janet
discovers a series of errors made by his previous lawyers.
Andy may well be guilty of something, but what?