TRUE CRIME THRILLER with a twist. Written first-hand by the actual investigator in DEFENSE of real people charged with murder.
A criminal justice system that is blind to some while embracing others for unconscious and unconscionable reasons.
Empowering, inspiring, evocative journey of a real-life seasoned criminal defense investigator through guilt, innocence, and the court system.
Entertaining personal stories and gritty details of real murders.
Throughout her true dark and gritty stories and commentary on the legal system, April entertains us with wit and humor while describing her personal and professional journey through the criminal justice system as she helps defend otherwise average citizens who are accused of heinous, violent crimes, and shares her best practices for uncovering and laying out the evidence against the accused.
Her accounts are TRUE!
Read about these cases:
• Max Roybal: A wife’s jawbone is delivered in a Tupperware container to a local TV station with a map to locate her remains.
• Hope Schreiner: A 73-year-old grandmother is convicted of bludgeoning her husband to death in their driveway with a potato hoe.
• Sedley Alley: The infamous rape-murder of a 19-year-old Marine cadet, who is the daughter of a U.S. Ambassador.
“Through a series of case studies, written more in the style of short stories than the sleep-inducing, dry academic speak of typical post-case-analysis reports, Higuera takes the reader into the grit and grime of murder and mayhem.”
– Hal Humphreys, Executive Editor of Pursuit Magazine
Experience an emotional roller coaster ride as April confronts the corruption and ineptitude that plague our broken justice system, unearthing the evidence that she hopes will set her clients free.
“April takes you on a backdoor ride of the unsung hero as the investigator who deserves the credit for solving crimes and releasing criminally charged innocent men. This book serves all folks involved in the criminal justice system.”
– Mary Lou Wilson, Esq., Post-Conviction Attorney
“Every serious criminal justice major should read this book in order to fully understand their ethical responsibility to their oath of office, the devastating impact faulty investigative assumptions can produce within the legal system, and how justice is truly administered and served by tenacity and determination.”
– Jorey Krawczyn, U.S. Dept. of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
An experienced and successful criminal defense investigator, Ms. Higuera outlines her practical guidance for investigation work, why defense investigation is essential in every criminal case (even when a client confesses!). She effectively outlines the official misconduct that pervades our criminal justice system. The author’s anecdotes ring painfully true for the practicing defense investigator. Her stories offer newcomers the "dark side" insight into best practices and methods.