Danny Calloway was only a teenager when he discovered the body of his sister Mary Alice
brutally raped and murdered one February day. Earlier, Danny had heard her arguing with
another classmate about a prom date. She had turned him down and Kevin Green was so furious
he had said that he'd "see her dead."
The case might have been more open to question, but somehow the DNA evidence collected at
the crime scene had disappeared. The most condemning thing that the jury had to go on was
Danny Galloway's testimony about the violent argument that took place very shortly before
the murder. Danny was totally devastated at the loss of his beloved sister and was determined
to do all he could to make certain that Kevin Green received the death penalty for this
heinous act. But the verdict came back second degree murder. There would be no execution.
Danny was destroyed, but made a silent vow that he would avenge his sister's death. Kevin
Green would die, too, and it would be by Danny's hand.
Time passed as Kevin Green sat in his prison cell. Danny buried himself in playing basketball
in order to fill his mind and exhaust his body. It was his insulation against reality.
His intensity coupled with his natural talent eventually earned him a college scholarship
to play basketball for a major school. After college, Danny's dedication led him to an opportunity
to play professional basketball. Anyone else would have been thrilled, but Danny's soul
remained focused on revenge. Sooner or later, Kevin Green would be released from prison,
then Danny would hunt him down and kill him like the animal he was. Basketball was merely
Then something new happened in Danny's life. Love visited him for the first time. It
was pure love for a pure woman; much too pure for the evil thoughts that hid behind Danny's
friendly smile. Danny struggled with his dilemma. He truly loved this woman, too much to
eventually drag her down with him. He did a lot of soul searching. Finally a long talk with
an old friend convinced him that his thirst for revenge was wrong and two wrongs don't make
a right. After a great internal struggle, Danny determined that it was best to abandon
his thoughts of vengeance and do something productive and positive with his life.
Danny married the beautiful Cathy and his life finally began to have some direction.
With the burden lifted from his shoulders he was able to concentrate more on basketball and
his game improved dramatically. He was becoming a legitimate star.
Then something else happened. The long lost DNA evidence resurfaced and exonerated Kevin
Green while implicating Mary Alice Galloway's boyfriend who eventually confessed to the
murder. Kevin had lost years of his life sitting behind bars for a crime that he didn't
commit. And it was Danny Galloway's testimony that had put him there. Now it was Kevin
Green's turn to plan murderous revenge.
This is Morgan Mandel's debut novel, but you'd never know it from her style. It's an
extremely hard-hitting suspense novel with a complicated plot that Mandel makes easy to
follow. The dialogue is sometimes fittingly harsh and the situations can be downright
violent at times. The story has the pace of the last two minutes of an NBA basketball
game. Mandel pulls no punches when describing man's inhumanity to man. It's a gritty
story and not for the faint of heart, but it's very well-written with visible characters
and well-painted scenes. A very good read.