When Mr. Massie offered me a reviewer copy "Pinned: A Kentucky True Crime" I decided to give it a chance and was thoroughly engrossed in the tale for a week! Mark Casey (Mr. Massie) was "suckered" into a relationship by a "black widow" and then left to rot in jail for something he didn't do. Now this new book comes along and though I definately wanted to read it, I felt it couldn't be as good as the first. I was so wrong!
This book details Mark's fight to get an "uncarring" Kentucky justice system to try to listen to him and go after Roxie (the woman who set him up) while they keep shuffling him around from on jail facility to another. On top of that Mark suffers from a leg condition that requires frequent rests and a heart condition requiring he have nitro glycerin pills (they keep taking them from him) and nobody cares about his medical woes.
Like the first book, what makes this one work is the author's amazing writing style where the reader feels they are actually Mark Casey, experiencing what he is experiencing and feeling both his emotional and physical pain. Through everything Mark never gives up hope and refuses to ever accept blame for something he didn't do.
One thing I will say is that Mark does sometimes have temper issues and some of his woes are caused by them (his slapping of Roxy in the first book, his mouthing off against Bubba the prison guard, his nasty letter about a judge). But then again when an innocent is pushed to the brink with nothing but his Bible to fall back on some of this is understandable.
It is highly recommended that the reader begin with the first book but not absolutely necessary since the author recaps a lot of the important aspects of the first book here.
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