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New On My Shelf This Week

This week I would like to thank the lovely Claire McLaughlin from ‘Little Bird Publicity‘ for the latest addition to my virtual book shelf. Claire has also given me plenty of time to read this one (she must know just how little reading time I have available right now), as my review spot isn’t scheduled until August 18th 2017.


Attorney Justin Glass’s practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn’t doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn’t have the heart to turn her away.

Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body—and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave. Each had been reported missing. And none had been investigated.

As simmering racial tensions explode into violence, Justin finds himself caught in the tide. And as he gives voice to the discontent plaguing the city’s forgotten and ignored, he vows to search for the killer who preys upon them.

Clicking on the book’s cover image will link you directly with it’s Amazon listing.


Image Of Author J.D. TraffordJ.D. Trafford is an award-winning author who has been profiled in Mystery Scene Magazine (a “writer of merit”). His debut novel was selected as an IndieReader bestselling pick, and his books have topped Amazon’s bestseller lists, including Amazon’s #1 Legal Thriller.

In addition to graduating with honors from a Top 20 law school, J.D. has worked as a civil and criminal prosecutor, an associate at a large national law firm, and a non-profit attorney for people who could not afford legal representation.

Prior to law school, J.D. worked in Washington D.C. and lived in Saint Louis, Missouri. He worked on issues of housing, education, and poverty in communities of colour.

He now lives with his wife and children in the Midwest, and bikes whenever possible.

Write what you yourself would like to read, a story that will entertain and challenge you. If you try and follow the trends or “write a bestseller,” I think you’ll be disappointed and probably won’t finish. Once you have your 75,000 words, step back and come back to it with a fresh eye…and then ruthlessly cut every extra word.

Catch up with all the latest news on J.D.’s website

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Kathy,

      I agree that this storyline is a rather timely one, although I really can’t make my mind up whether this is a story which needs to be told right now, or not.

      This may not be a particularly comfortable read, but I feel that it is one which deserves quality time and keen attention to detail bestowed upon it.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      A missing child must definitely be one of the most agonising and distressing things to read about, let alone have happen to you, and I can only admire the character of Tanisha which J.D. has created. I am sure that she is going to be one tough cookie, with a huge amount of sheer determination.

      I hope that all is well with you and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by this week. I enjoy ‘meeting’ new people and will always welcome your visits and comments 🙂

      I’m not too sure that this is one I would have picked for myself off the shelves in the book shop, however I am pleased to have been offered a copy for review, as I think I am going to enjoy the challenging storyline.

      Have a great week and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

  • This sounds like quite a gritty premise! I’m not sure it’s one I’d want to read, but I’ll hold off judgement until I’ve read any and all future posts you might devote to it. (offhand, it sounds like something from a Grisham novel!)

    I do like the quote you’ve included about writing.

    • Hi Kelly,

      It’s funny you should mention Grisham … J.D.Trafford has previously written a trilogy of books under the title ‘The Michael Collins’ series, which are legal thrillers.

      The first episode ‘No Time to Run’ won J.D. the title “Winner of the National Legal Fiction Writing Competition for Lawyers” and his writing was compared by the majority of critics and reviewers to be on a par with that of John Grisham.

      ‘Little Boy Lost’ would appear to be a stand alone novel at present, however I strongly suspect that there might be another new series on the horizon, featuring its protagonist, Attorney Justin Glass.

      My review, as you can see, is to be some time into the future, however I shall be publishing the usual round of promotional posts along the way, which I hope may sway you towards adding the book to your list!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week 🙂


    • Hi Mary Ann,

      This storyline is certainly going to evoke a whole range of emotions, many of which are quite relevant at the moment. Of those emotions, I think you are correct when you say that sadness has to be the overwhelming one, not just in the literal meaning, but on so many other levels also.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I hope that you have some great new books for your shelves this week 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      The racial tension aspects of this intriguing storyline are quite topical right now, although the added twist of the mass grave is hopefully a fictional ‘extra’ added by the author.

      I am assuming that there will be quite a few twists and turns in the tale, before any form of closure is reached, for either the characters created by J.D. Trafford or the reader of this intense story!

      Thanks for visiting today and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • Sounds like a gut wrenching read. Exposing injustice is always timely in my opinion. Sometimes a well written story can open eyes to a problem.
    I hope you enjoy the book and have a good week.

    • Hi Martha,

      I couldn’t agree with your sentiments more, or have put thoughts into words any better!

      So many injustices lay dormant for years before being brought to the attention of the judicial system, who then only seem to employ more delaying tactics before launching an investigation.

      I think that the victims of injustice, no matter what it may be, should be encouraged to speak out sooner rather than later, although I know that the emotional turmoil involved may not be quite so easy to overcome or deal with.

      So many perpetrators get away with their crimes, simply because they have long since passed away before their victims have the courage to speak out, thus denying themselves closure or justice!

      I’m sure this book is going to give me quite a lot of ‘food for thought’.

      Have a good week and thanks for hosting MM 🙂

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