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Legacy of a Hanged Man
by Peter J. Hedge

Category: Fiction / General
174 pages; ISBN: 1-4107-7430-9

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Shirley A. Roe


Legacy of a Hanged Man

Author: Peter J. Hedge

“It’s about ten hours since the judge put on the black cap and sentenced me. All of a sudden it’s over and the waiting has begun.”

Steven Matchin’s life is about to end. There is nothing more to do but wait. He takes pen in hand and writes about what he is feeling. This is his story.

A teenager so influenced by peer pressure, in an attempt to impress his older friend Shell, shoots a policeman in a robbery gone wrong. Now he sits in a jail cell, a Padre and prison guards, his only companions. The reader is taken on a roller coaster ride of emotion as the days tick away. Short bursts of humor dispel the tension only to be replaced by dark depression and fear. Steven becomes as familiar to the reader as one of the family in the brilliant exposure of his character by the author. Steven tells of his many attempts to earn money, some a success but most a failure, he and his best friend Shell, working side by side, always sharing their adventures. But where is his friend now? The murderer is transformed into a typical teenager in the minds of those that listen. Colorful vocabulary makes this a believable story. Vivid imagery of the prison allows the reader to envision not only the state of Steven’s surroundings but also the bleakness of his future. Padre Llewellyn consoles, listens and comforts until the end when he becomes the keeper of the manuscript. Upon his death the manuscript finds its way into the hands of a famous writer, Vincent Sutherland. Sutherland is a man whose life is in turmoil, haunted by his past. Why does the manuscript come to him? What is the connection?

Author Peter Hedge’s ability to tell a story shines in this novel. Long after you set it down, the book haunts you. How often have you said, “He deserved what he got, justice has been served?” This book will make you think twice.

Highly recommended. Reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews



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