Beyond Terror

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Xlibris Corporation, 2010 - Fiction - 238 pages

She would be severely beaten and likely killed if she stayed, but certainly killed if she tried to leave. Was it self-defense, or was it murder? To defend his client, one lawyer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula must find the truth in forensic evidence and through a sensational trial, portray to the jury a drama of the life of Jean and John Davis. Revord's Beyond Terror tells readers this gripping story of a battered wife who suddenly is left no choice but to end years of domestic violence by killing her abusive husband.

Attorney David Chartier was spending quality time with his family in their cabin near the Upper Twin Lake when a phone call from a highly distressed woman broke the peace and serenity of that evening. It was Jean Davis, David's longtime client, calling from the Michigan State Police Post where she is being held for her husband's murder. After years of physical and emotional abuse, Jean abruptly realized that her only chance of staying alive was to kill her husband.

So begins David's investigation, examination, gathering and analysis of forensic evidence that will provide a defense for his client. Beyond Terror follows the proceedings of the trial, beginning with David's investigation at the scene until the final verdict from the jury and appellate decision of the Court of Appeals. A shocking and unexpected end to the novel awaits readers.

A trial lawyer for forty-eight years himself, Revord delivers this fictional story--inspired largely on real events--with much precision, capturing the technicalities and the drama involved in criminal proceedings. For more information on Beyond Terror, log on to:

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This book should be used in a teaching situation. It was very dull, never grabbed my attention and had way toooo much lawyer terminology/explanation. Unless you need a quick study in the way the courtroom works I have to say this was one of the worse books I've read to date.


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20

Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
End Notes

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Ralph Thornton is a semiretired, Michigan trial attorney for justice, whose thirty-eight years as a trial advocate has involved handling thousands of cases, both in the criminal and civil courtrooms, most of which resulted in favorable verdicts or settlements for his clients. No issue was too complex for the conscientious lawyering of Ralph Thornton, nor was any case too challenging for this native of Michigan?s Upper Peninsula. Trained initially as an investigator and administrator of industrial security for United States government contracting companies, he was well equipped intellectually and motivationally for the study and practice of law, representing criminal clients in the toughest of cases

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