Two little girls, frozen in black and white. One picture worth killing for.
The Civil Rights Movement is less than a distant memory to Lisa Waldren—it is someone else’s memory altogether, passed on to her through the pages of history. Her life as a federal prosecutor in Boston feels utterly remote from the marches in the South that changed her father’s generation—and the entire nation—forever.
But the truth is, she was there.
When a photograph surfaces showing a blond, four-year-old Lisa playing with an African-American girl at a civil rights march in Fort Worth, Lisa is faced with a jarring revelation: the girls may have been the only witnesses who observed the real killer of civil rights leader Benjamin Gray . . . and therefore the only ones who can exonerate the death row inmate falsely accused of the murder.
Soon, Lisa finds herself in the dangerous world her father had shielded her from as a child. After some searching, the Waldrens find the other little girl from the photo and, in the process, uncover conspiracy mere steps away from the likes of Bobby Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and J. Edgar Hoover.
Based on real events and a photograph snapped by author Lis Wiehl’s own G-man father, Snapshot is a remarkably original marriage of mystery and history.
- Good book, not great narration
This was my first Lis Wiehl book. I rather liked it. (I didn't know I was reading a Fox News legal analyst, didn't even know she wrote books.)
It started with Lisa Waldren (a Boston prosecutor) and her her FBI agent dad in the 60s who took her to a civil rights march where someone was shot. Lisa was sitting with a little black girl when it happened. Immediately a black man was accused of the shooting and was convicted, serving over 40 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
The rest of the story was Lisa's father, after all these years, asking for his daughter's assistance on trying to find the real killer. He thinks that she may remember something from that event that will help him in solving this mystery.
I felt this was good, but could have been better. A little more information or detail about a few plot issues could have made the story fuller.
I wouldn't read it again, which is my meter for 5 star books, but it was good. The narrator is one I'm familiar with and her narration is one I don't enjoy. Too sing-songy. Forced intonation. Just didn't flow well with the book. It hurt the book for me.
absolutely loved this book.
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