Presumption of Innocence

Mystery & Thrillers

By Stephen Penner

Publisher : Ring of Fire Publishing

ABOUT Stephen Penner

Stephen Penner
I am an author and artist living in the Seattle area. I write a broad variety of fiction, including thrillers, science fiction, and children's books. For the latest information about my writing, visit



Homicide prosecutor David Brunelle faces the most difficult case of his career. An innocent young girl is murdered in a heinous, unforgivable way. The only evidence against the killer is the full confession of his accomplice--another young girl he also victimized. But the accomplice is charged with the murder as well, which means she has the right to remain silent. And she's so scared of the killer, she refuses to take a deal to testify against him. Brunelle can't just let the murderer walk, but how can he get a conviction when he has no admissible evidence and the killer is protected by the PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE?
Penner is at least on par with Grisham regarding accuracy of the rules of evidence in a criminal trial and trial procedure. Penner comes out ahead, in my opinion, in that he doesn't misstate legal rules for dramatic effect the way Grisham sometimes does. -Amazon Reader Review

I really enjoyed this novel. It has everything I look for in a legal thriller: a character I can cheer for, some humor, some suspense, court room surprises, legal strategies, cross examinations, an an unexpected witness. The character of David Brunelle is very well written. I loved it! - Amazon Reader Review

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