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An alcoholic attorney runs into danger while reluctantly defending a man savagely beaten by police and charged with resisting arrest.

Hiram Garbuncle is a veteran criminal defense attorney—as well as a racist, miserly alcoholic. His life revolves around hoarding money, following sports, pursuing sex, drinking—and the prideful practice of law.

Alec Monceau is a black man working to support his daughter’s family in Trinidad. It is 2008, and his car carries an Obama bumper sticker. This political advertisement leads to a superfluous traffic stop and a brutal beating by police.

It goes against Garbuncle’s grain to defend a black man from a charge of violently resisting arrest, but he is so confident of winning that he is negligent in the jury selection, and a mistrial occurs. He then discovers incriminating evidence on the two cops, and his new challenge becomes how to keep himself and his client alive pending a new trial.

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Engaging Crime Thriller and Exploration of Human Nature

(In) Blood on Their Hands, Bob Brink explores the underbelly of life in West Palm Beach, exposing police corruption, violence and ingrained racism (think a Klan meeting outside of town). That being said, it’s a well-told tale filled with twists and turns that holds the reader’s interest from beginning to end.

His main character, Hiram Garbuncle, is a former criminal attorney who is currently focusing on divorce cases. At the beginning of the book, Garbuncle is far from a likable guy … Yet he changes and matures as the book progresses, learning from his mistakes and becoming a better human being.

Garbuncle and his buddy, Brad Hitchens, are driving home one night when they witness an appalling case of police brutality. Alec Monceau, a hard-working immigrant from Trinidad, is brutally beaten with no provocation by two cops during a routine traffic stop. Hitchens persuades Garbuncle to represent the man pro bono, and their relationship becomes the crucible for the lawyer’s sea change in attitude … (In the meantime), Garbuncle survives several assassination attempts and suffers the loss of his girlfriend, Donna.

Blood on Their Hands is really a tale of redemption, and uplifting reading despite the gritty depiction of reality.

Mark Spivak, author, The American Crusade