Between Black & White by Robert Bailey is the second book in Robert Bailey’s McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers series. Book one is titled ‘The Professor’ and although I have not (yet) read that book, I did not feel as though I was lost or unsure what was happening in book two while reading it which makes it possible to read ‘Between Black & White’ without necessarily having read ‘The Professor’ and I appreciate that!
‘Between Black & White’ begins back in 1966 when the Ku Klux Klan was a big problem down in the south. Bocephus (Bo) Haynes was just a young child when he witnessed his father brutally murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan. The fear and terror in the words that his father shared with him moments before going out to face his fate was almost palpable. He kept telling Bo to NOT look out the window. As you’re reading, you feel yourself wanting to reach into the book to keep Bo from watching what you know is about to happen. Unfortunately, Bo’s curiosity gets the best of him and he sees it all. To top it off, Bo recognizes the voice of the man leading this particular group – Andy Walton.
As an adult, Bo becomes a lawyer and vows to bring justice to his father’s name. On the night of his father’s murder, Bo drinks himself into oblivion and can’t remember very many details of what all he did. Next thing he knows, he’s being charged with the murder of Andy Walton who was found murdered in the exact same spot as Bo’s father. Who else besides Bo would have reason to kill Andy? Especially after Bo was overheard by many threatening Andy’s life the night it happened!
This story sucks you in and is an absolute page turner as you follow the trial and the town’s reaction to everything that comes to light. I would give this book 5 stars and would absolutely recommend it!!