I really enjoyed this book by Imran Mahmood although I have to admit, it was a bit disturbing in places. I know nothing of the gang culture and I had no idea about the kind of things that go on.
Taking girls and forcing them to be naked while working on drugs so they couldn’t leave with the drugs shocked me.
I’ve never been around drugs or gangs; I grew up in a little village so hearing the main character describe the ease with which gang members beat people up, use families to get people to join and seemingly easily commit murder when they feel they’ve been wronged was quite shocking.
Here’s the blurb:
An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and decides to give his own defence speech.
He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out.Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But he thinks that if he’s going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.
There are eight pieces of evidence against him. As he talks us through them one by one, his life is in our hands. We, the reader – member of the jury – must keep an open mind till we hear the end of his story. His defence raises many questions… but at the end of the speeches, only one matters:
The whole concept of the reader being the jury is a very interesting one. If I’d have been on the actual jury, I’d have found him not guilty.
I don’t know if I’d be very good on a jury though because I always look for the good in people and I swallow sob stories very easily!
All in all, an eye-opener of a book for me. It was one that kept me reading, wanting to hear all his story.
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