In January 1976, the doorbell rings at the Palm Beach home of a man and his wife who have just returned from a dinner party. He answers and is mortally wounded by a shotgun blast.
Rodger Kriger was a prominent citizen, and pressure on law enforcement to solve the crime grows. Police settle on a charismatic karate instructor named Mitt Hecher, well-known to police for beating people up for money and sport, then question his guilt.
But Assistant State Attorney John Scraponia despises Hecher and charges him with murder. A jury finds him guilty, and a judge sentences him to a minimum 25 years in prison. During Hecher’s term at the brutal and anarchic state penitentiary at Raiford, an often-fatal disease strikes his loyal, loving wife. He is devastated.
Did Hecher kill Kriger? Some people, including a few criminal attorneys and private investigators, have their doubts. A number of scenarios cast suspicion on other possible perpetrators. Did the sons of a wealthy Cuban do it? Were the operators of a gambling enterprise out to get Kriger? Was a love triangle the basis for the shooting? Did a vicious underworld figure do the bidding of a criminal gang? Was a prominent politician behind the slaying?
Judges repeatedly frustrate Hecher and several attorneys working, without fees, to get a new trial for him. Will they ever succeed? If those who think he was innocent are correct, will the real killer ever be found? And what will happen to the politically ambitious prosecutor?
Murder in Palm Beach is the saga of a battle between a man whose swagger has sent him spiraling to the bottom and powerful, sinister forces determined to keep him there. It is a story of redemption wrapped in a mystery tale reeking with power, sex, violence, and romance.
Publication Date: 2014
Bob Brink is a journalist who worked with the Palm Beach Post, The Associated Press in Chicago, Milwaukee Journal, Tampa Tribune, Joliet Herald-News, and Palm Beach Media Group (magazines). His byline has been on thousands of news stories, features, and entertainment reviews.
He has been a freelance writer for several years, and now is embarked on writing novels. To promote MURDER IN PALM BEACH, he has a website, with a blog on which he addresses three passions: grammar, alternative health care, and socio-political issues.
I was given this book free with a promise of a review. This is my first time readying anything from this author, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The author has given us a story with great characters and story line that will suck you in from the start to finish and left me wanting more. The story is full of mystery, suspense and excitement that kept me on the edge of my seat, I just wanted to keep reading so that I could see what was going to happen next. I have to say that I also had a hard time putting this book down. I feel that the author had great knowledge not only the legal system but also the prison system. I love reading True Crime and Mysteries and this was not a disappointment. I highly recommend this to all that love mysteries and those who don’t you wont be disappointed. I will also be on the look out for more from this author.