A riveting crime story always keeps my attention. First time author, Stephen J. Resnick has written The 45 Stitch Rule, a fictional account of events facing members of the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office during a particular week in August of 1974. The book details the good, the bad, and the ugly side of dealing with the victims and perpetrators of crime in Brooklyn. The author also offers a look at the humorous side to criminal proceedings such as The Best Free Night Show In Town also known as Night Court (recall that TV show and you get the idea).The story begins on a Sunday morning, as Assistant District Attorney, Alan Stone, is contacted by an NYPD patrolman seeking help on a problem with a confessed axe murderer. The story follows Stone through the week, as he investigates and prosecutes serious and frivolous crimes, and finds love in an unexpected place. It’s a tough week for ADA Stone and the NYPD and includes plenty of murder and mayhem with a cast of richly drawn characters. The action takes place in Brooklyn but there are sidelines in Bordentown and Hightstown, NJ. The title of the book, The 45 Stitch Rule, had me wondering until the significance was explained. It seems there are many unwritten rules that guide law enforcement in their daily grind of dealing with too many criminals in an overloaded justice system. Think plea bargaining. This book is fiction, but author Stephen J. Resnick definitely has the inside track. He spent many years as a prosecutor in NY and NJ, at county and state levels. He has prosecuted everything from street crime, organized crime, narcotics and such, to bribery, securities fraud, Medicaid fraud and environmental crimes. As a government attorney he has represented sitting judges and prosecutors. After the interview, please check out After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live.
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