Thursday, August 29, 2013
The Execution Of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth Silver
Ten years ago Noa P. Singleton committed a murder. Her current location is Death Row, mere months before her scheduled date of execution. Noa was a bright woman, who was salutatorian of her high school class, and offered scholarships to college. Although she was raised by a single mother who was more interested in men and her own well-being than Noa, she seemed well on the way to making a successful life for herself.
Then something went awry. Noa dropped out of college after one semester and has spent her life in meaningless jobs. At her trial, she didn't say a word in her own defense, and she has never talked about her crime or its victim, Sarah Dixon. Now, she receives a visit. Oliver is a newly minted lawyer, and he is determined to save Noa, if only she will tell him what really happened.
Noa isn't fooled. Oliver is there only as the catspaw of Marlene Dixon, Sarah's mother and the woman totally determined to see Noa dead. Her testimony at Noa's trial was probably the main reason Noa got the death penalty. Now Marlene is holding out the promise of filing a clemency motion with the governor to save Noa's life, if only Noa will talk.
Elizabeth Silver has created a memorable battle of wills between two strong women. Noa is a character the reader will long remember; her story slowly revealed giving the details of what really happened the day two young women lost their lives. This book is recommended for mystery readers.