Blood of Angels, by Reed Arvin, takes readers on an adventure from the hills of Tennessee to the Florida Keys. Under his masterful words, those who decide to follow Arvin's characters are transported to a world extending beyond the courtroom, the setting for this novel.
Thomas Dennehy is an assistant district attorney in Davidson County, Tennessee. There is rarely a dull moment. Especially when the moment involves the Nation, a part of town aptly designated since the cross-street names are states. Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida are just a few.
There is a subplot out of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Moses Bol, a refugee from Sudan, is accused of the murder of a white woman. It is up to Dennehy to make sure Bol is held accountable for his actions. Rita West, Bol's attorney, has the responsibility of seeing that Bol is not falsely convicted for a crime he did not commit. Dennehy and West understand their job responsibilities well, and the ensuing courtroom battle is a sight to behold.
However, Bol is not the only item on the prosecutor's docket. Philip Buchanan, a Georgetown University professor who works with The Justice Project, a group committed to seeing those freed who were convicted when they should not have been, implies that Dennehy executed the wrong man for a robbery. This is the first time Dennehy's office has ever been accused of prosecutorial error, and the news comes as a major aggravation.
This book is a multilayered, engrossing read. While readers may think they know how the story turns out, as well as the person who plays cat and mouse games with Dennehy, solid suspense builds until the final page.