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December 15, 2013

STAINS ON THE GAVEL by Charles W. Massie

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Blue Grass Series
Book Two
Charles W. Masse
Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 315 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 13, 2013)
ISBN10: 1432799142
ISBN13: 9781432799144
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

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(from Goodreads)
The nightmare began in July of 2009. This story is about southern Kentucky, where the rules are sometimes made up on the fly. Mark Casey has been arrested for crimes he did not commit. Now the battle begins between Mark and the good 'ol boys of Kentucky. The odyssey that began for Mark in the book Pinned - A Kentucky True Crime, continues now in Stains on the Gavel. This is the second novel of the 'Blue Grass' Series, and details what some might call, Kentucky Injustice. This particular case is a big deal for a little rural town where nothing much ever happens. The Prosecution has virtually no evidence against Mark and the case is built on speculation. It's looking like an acquittal is the logical outcome. But in southern Kentucky, money always carries a lot of weight. Mark is about to find that even in the bible-belt, not everybody lives by 'The Golden Rule' and sometimes personal gain can outweigh the obvious call for justice.

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July 2009, the nightmare for Mark Casey began.  He had committed no crime and yet here he was, arrested.  The battle is on between Mark and the Kentucky good 'ol boys.
The story began in the author's book PINNED  - A Kentucky True Crime, Book One of the Blue Grass Series. PINNED sets the background for STAINS ON THE GAVEL.
We are now continuing in Book Two of the Blue Grass Series.
The year being 2013. Mark's lawyer believes he is innocent. Mark's defense attorney believes he is innocent and he has a reputation for winning big high profile law suits. Everyone , his friends, family and the people of Burksville, Kentucky believe this may have been a setup. This is a big deal since nothing ever happens in the little town.  Could this be Kentucky Injustice? Mark's case is built solely on speculation by the Prosecution.  There was no evidence found. This case is definitely an acquittal. The problem being money talks and rules can be made up on the spur of the moment. Mark finds out  that justice doesn't always prevail in southern Kentucky.The author puts a lot of description and details into the characters. A lot of detail went into the 'under the table' deals. Corruption reigns amid the public officials.  Greed drives them, no matter what. Will Mark be acquitted?  Will justice prevail? Will the corrupt be taken to task? I believe the author set up a good Kentucky mystery and added the corruption and gain that only money will buy.  If you like mysteries with corruption mixed in, then I would suggest you grab a copy of STAINS ON THE GAVE by Charles W. Massie and follow Mark's attorney to  gain justice.  One thing I would suggest is read Book One of the Blue Grass series first. PINNED has the background for STAINS ON THE GAVEL. (I think a little splash of blood on the cover would have been a nice touch) 

I would give this  book 4 GAVELS.

I received a complimentary copy of STAINS ON THE GAVEL from the author, Charles W. Massie/Outskirts Press for my opinion of the book.  I received no  other compensation.
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Charles Massie grew up in upstate New York, the oldest of 4 children. After finishing high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served a total of six years at various ports around the world. Upon his return to civilian life, he continued his education at Syracuse University and eventually worked for a number of engineering firms, before finding his calling in the sales field. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, he decided to go off on his own and has been instrumental in overseeing such companies as Massie Engineering Associates, InfoTech Consulting, LLC and CaterCats Catering. The call of creative expression was always in the background of his life and over the years, he has submitted articles and stories to Twilight Zone Magazine, Readers Digest, Analog Publications and others. His hobbies, when he is not writing, include progressive rock music, computers and other toys, travelling and enjoying the gifts that he has been blessed with. He loves animals, humor, exotic cars and practicing random acts of kindness. He currently lives in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is the owner of StarShow Publications. For more information, please visit

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