The ambiguous chasm that separates justice from the law affects our lives constantly, more so than we are probably willing to admit.
There are fundamental and universal truths that one encounters every day, emanating from classic conflicts between justice and the law, conscience and the law, the subtlety of innocence versus the law, and the polarity of innocence and evil. In the end they are mostly interpretive, and each of us, individually and collectively, must own our interpretations and the behaviors they spawn.
Why do people cheer vigilante justice when it’s illegal? We all have lines and boundaries, but at what point do they seem to impose upon justifiable response? When does society choose to trespass beyond certain judicial mandates that defy the moral sentiments of the people, or the individual from those self imposed? Wouldn’t any good father be conflicted if his daughter were raped by a recidivist pedophile, released by a judge on a technicality?
In The Wilderness of Time, on February 12th of 2008, Mickey McNamara, a 63 year-old home town hero and beloved friend, strangles his high school sweetheart, Mimi Wickes, who has returned from a 40-year hiatus. His confession initiates a murder charge from the County Attorney, one hidden in a 50 year old vendetta. St. Paul police Lieutenant and Mickey’s oldest friend, Sean O’Dell, leads the investigation, only to find that the woman was a serial killer since high school. O’Dell, a decorated officer, plants evidence to save his friend.
The story follows the converging paths of Mimi’s deranged journey and O’Dell’s investigation up to the strangulation, subsequent trial, and in the epilogue...the truth. Is justice served? Whatever your answer, you will have an opinion.
“I loved this book, Bob is a very clever author. He combines mystery with nostalgia. The characters are so real I felt that I knew them. It was especially fun for me that the setting was my hometown of St. Paul, MN. I have read this book four times (so far). Each time I hated to have it end.”