The Innocent – Vincent Zandri, Author

November 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm (Uncategorized)


The Innocent – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
‘I was their warden.
I was their keeper, their mother and their father.
Which is why, for me, the matter of Eduard Vasquez’s escape was such a serious offence. I had signed the release form allowing him to visit a dentist on the outside.  As the keeper of Green Haven, I was directly responsible  It was my decision and my decision only.  What I mean is, I could have said no.  But then, I couldn’t just deny a prisoner his right to proper dental care if that’s what he wanted.  That was the rule in New York State.  As the keeper, my job was not rehabilitation.  My job was to see that society was protected from its prisoners.  But get this:  It was also my job to see that a man who’d shot a New York City cop at point-blank range maintained a pearly-white smile.’

Jack “Keeper” Marconi is the warden at Green Haven Prison in New York State.  For some time now he has been faced with the problem of an increase in drugs and contraband inside the prison, the Commissioner demanding a decrease in correction officers manning the prison and now the escape of Eduard Vasquez.  The escape took place on the way back from a dentist visit, putting one of the officers in the hospital.  His condition.. coma.

As the story regarding what actually happened starts to be told, Keeper notices a few loopholes.  His investigation takes him before the Commissioner with an offer to take the blame and everything will simply blow over.  He’s really surprised to hear this offer coming from his long time friend Commissioner Washington Pelton.  Twenty five years ago Keeper, Wash and another CO named Mike Norman had gone through hell during the Attica up rise.  They saw and experienced more than any human beings should ever have to see or live through.  But something had changed Wash and not for the best.

I’ve never been fond of movies nor books that were prison related so when I started reading The Innocent I knew from the beginning I was committed to reading a book that I really didn’t want to read.  I decided I would just read and hopefully I would be able to turn the pages quickly and just get it over with.  Boy was I ever wrong!  I did turn the pages quickly but not due to wanting to finish quickly but to see who was behind the corruption, drug dealings and murders of the various characters.  And how Keeper was going to find enough evidence to save his own life as well as the life of Vasquez’s girlfriend Cassandra’s life.  I found Vincent Zandri to be a very descriptive writer allowing you to see the events as they take place.  I found myself feeling as if I were on the outside looking in.  In my opinion, The Innocent (formerly written with the title As Catch Can) could easily become a hit movie.

The Innocent

1099
Dell Publishing
Review Stir, Laugh, Repeat at Amazon.com
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