Oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us over with honest trifles, only to betray’s
In deepest consequences.
Calvin Samuels is a public defender with a passion for sticking by the underdog. His clients are desperate men and woman with desperate cases. Like John Rogers. Although Samuels saved him from a life behind bars, he couldn’t save his life. Within months of his release, Rogers’ body is fished from the Ohio River, two bullet holes in the back of his head. Police speculate his was the result of a drug deal gone bad.
Believing he failed a friend who depended on him, Samuels seeks redemption in the representation of Mark Alexander, accused of the brutal murder of two drug dealers. Needing to believe in his client’s innocence, however, Samuels is blind to clues that Alexander is not what or who he seems. Until he meets Allison Morris, Alexander’s former lover and the prosecution’s most damning witness. Could Alexander actually be Roger’s murderer?
But when the trial finally reaches its stunning conclusion, Samuels’ descent into the maelstrom has only just begun.
Mark Spencer, author of The Weary Motel and winner of the 1996 Faulkner Society Award for fiction: “Scott Kauffman’s novel pulled me in immediately and kept me engaged until the very end . . . . In Deepest Consequences possesses a rare power and eerie realism that make it truly unforgettable.”
Nominated for the Benjamin Franklin Literary Publishing Award in the category of best debut novel in 2006.
Scott Kauffman has written an exciting legal thriller in which the public defender uses his own time and money to track down witnesses and learn the truth; Calvin goes the extra mile for his clients. The two prime cases (that of Rogers and Alexander) that make up the storyline are fast-paced and a thrill to follow, as Calvin’s idealism and work ethic push him to be all that he can be and more. Readers will appreciate this dedicated defense attorney and feel for him when he begins to have doubts about Alexander’s innocence.
Scott Kauffman has written an exciting legal thriller.
Midwest Book Review, January 2007
This gripping novel is well written, fast paced, and enthralling. Kauffman richly describes his characters and rural Ohio landscape.