Plague of Justice by Stan Turel; 2008; $19.95; 383 pages; Dancing Moon Press, Newport, OR; 978-1-892076-56-4; purchased from Multnomah County Library Title Wave Used Bookstore; 4/17/15-4/22/15
Why did I read this? The author, Stan Turel, was our landlord for a couple of years. We rented a house from him on the west side of Rocky Butte.
What is the story? One morning the body of Jim Turel, the father of the author, was found dead at his accounting firm on SE Stark Street. It appeared that he and the firm had been robbed and in the course of the robbery Mr. Turel had been beaten with his own crutches. As the police began to look into the death, so did his son, Stan who took over the day to day operation of the firm. It appeared that it was an inside job by an associate at the firm. After the police finished their investigation the associate was found guilty of several counts including murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Almost as soon as he got behind the walls of the correctional institutional he began filing lawsuits against anyone who had been involved in convicting him. He even sued the son of his victim for five million dollars. He never won any of the cases but if those sued did not response the jailhouse lawyer could have collected a judgement. Somehow the murdered got transferred out of state and was paroled after just 14 years.
Did you enjoy it? Yes I learned much about Stan and his family, how some detectives seem to be more dogged than others and how fouled up our justice system can be.
What is with the title of the review? After being convicted of killing Jim Turel his killer had the gall and audacity to sue his son for $5 million for helping seek the conviction.