In this restorative justice mystery, Claire Cassidy is a police detective in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, who’s beginning to think she’s wasted the last twelve years of her life. She’s tired of watching kids go from juvenile centers to jails, from minor scrapes with the law to full-time careers in crime. And her latest cases aren’t helping. A career burglar she let off with aIn this restorative justice mystery, Claire Cassidy is a police detective in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, who’s beginning to think she’s wasted the last twelve years of her life. She’s tired of watching kids go from juvenile centers to jails, from minor scrapes with the law to full-time careers in crime. And her latest cases aren’t helping. A career burglar she let off with a warning on her very first night as a rookie years before has killed an old woman. And three teenage girls have robbed a convenience store and beat the owner into a coma. Claire feels she’s made no difference in making her city a safer place and wonders if she should turn in her badge. In her search for the three girls, Claire meets Daniel Pierce, a vice principal at a local high school. Frustrated by an education system that throws kids out onto the street at the first sign of trouble, Pierce claims he knows a better way. Claire thinks Pierce is naïve but she needs his help so she decides to put up with him just long enough to find her suspects. But as they work together in what may be her last case, Claire begins to see that Pierce’s methods may have merit both in her work as a cop and in helping her confront personal trauma from her past. “A compelling story with all the critical elements of a good mystery — great characters, well-paced action, interesting setting and dramatic plot — with the added bonus of a fascinating look at how restorative justice can help schools and communities deal with conflict and crime. Margaret Murray pulls it all together in a way that will delight her readers.”— Ted Wachtel, President and Founder, International Institute for Restorative Practices...
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Forging Justice Reviews
I'd say this is a 2.5. I found the writing pretty amateurish and the constant Lehigh Valley references to be a little over the top. The story itself wasn't horrible but it was clearly written to exhibit restorative practice first and to tell a good story second. With that goal, I think it was pretty successful. It could be a useful introduction to the concept a song as it is followed up with more specific information. I resource list for further reading would be welcome. My big concern is that while RP is used for one offender, the other two girls are drawn so one-dimensionally and not given the same opportunity to express their feelings. It leaves the reader feeling like the application of RP is extremely limited and that is unfortunate.
Not a book I ever would have found or read if it hadn't been written by the relative of a relative. :-) But it was actually a VERY good mystery, well written, with an interesting twist to it. It steered away mostly from being a soap box, although it had its moments. Really impressed.