Presumption of Guilt

Herb Brown, Author Dutton Books $19.95 (309p) ISBN 978-1-55611-259-1
In this taut first novel, Brown, a justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, deals sensitively with a troubling and delicate subject. Charles King is a precocious, well-adjusted seven-year-old who keeps a ``vocabulary notebook'' and studies dinosaurs. But after his mother finds his blood-stained ``undies'' hidden in his room, Charles's secure world is thrown into turmoil. As his next-door neighbor and occasional babysitter, Howard, is accused of sexually abusing him, Charles tries to pacify all those throwing questions at him: his parents, doctors, lawyer, policemen, even a judge. What Charles won't tell any of them, however, is the truth: Howard didn't do it. Fine courtroom drama, the exceptionally well-wrought perspective of a confused, frightened child and an unexpected, multifacted, touching resolution make this an absolute page-turner. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/29/1991
Release date: 05/01/1991
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-515-10826-2
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