The Closing

Whippoorwill Hollow

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 2014 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards FinalistThe first Whippoorwill Hollow novel

May 5, 1968

Virginia State Penitentiary

When two men meet in a maximum security visitation room on May 5, 1968, they have only one thing in common: they both want their lives back. On one side of the window sits Kenneth Deatherage, sentenced to death for the brutal rape and murder of a young woman. On the other side is Nate Abbitt, a successful prosecutor until he drank his way through a midlife crisis. 

Nate's only path to redemption is to represent Deatherage on appeal, but his investigation soon uncovers hints of corruption in the county justice system, and Nate finds himself accused of murder by the same forces that convicted his client. As Nate risks his life - and several others - in the fight to clear his name, he makes the nasty discovery that he and his client have much more in common than he'd like to admit.

˃˃˃ Intelligent, atmospheric, achingly romantic legal thriller

“Ken Oder debuts with an intelligent, atmospheric, and achingly romantic legal thriller. I loved this book, and I can’t wait for the next one.” 

”" Pamela Fagan Hutchins, USA Best Book Award-winning author of Heaven to Betsy and the Katie and Annalise mysteries

˃˃˃ Intriguing legal thriller, strong historical fiction

“. . . an intriguing legal thriller that looks deeply at corruption in the jurisprudence system. The recovering alcoholic protagonist is a fascinating lead as he begins to regain his lost life when he accepts the harm he committed to innocent people, his wife, his mother, his mentor and himself. . . . the enjoyable storyline spins from a superb capital case to a more conventional David vs. Goliath thriller, fans will appreciate Ken Oder's strong historical fiction. " 


˃˃˃ Timely and compelling

“Moments after meeting his client, death-row inmate Kenneth Deatherage, attorney Nate Abbitt explains: Cases are pending before the United States Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty. There's a nationwide moratorium on executions until the court rules. Ironically, just days after The Closing became available on Amazon, Oklahoma botched the execution of Clayton Lockett, who according to eye-witness accounts, tried to get up and speak after being given the supposedly lethal injection. Although this book is set in 1968 Virginia, the subject matter could hardly be more topical. . . . This is a great summer read. You won't be able to put it down. And whatever side of the issue you are on, The Closing should inform your view about capital punishment.” 

- Marlene Munoz, Amazon reviewer

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Ken Oder was born in Virginia in the coastal tidewater area near the York and James Rivers, where military installations during World Wars I and II fueled the growth of urban centers like Norfolk, Hampton, and Newport News. His father worked for the Navy Mine Depot in Yorktown and later as a Hudson dealer until he heard his calling to preach. When he became the minister at Mount Moriah Methodist Church in 1960, the family moved to White Hall, Virginia, a farm town of about fifty people at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The mountains and the rural culture were a jarring contrast to the busy coastal plains, but once the shock wore off, Ken came to love it there. The mountains and hollows are spectacularly beautiful. The people are thoughtful, friendly, and quietly courageous. White Hall became his home, and his affection and respect for the area and its people have never left him.

Ken and his wife moved to Los Angeles in 1975, where he practiced law and served as an executive until he retired. They still live near their children and grandchildren in California, but a piece of his heart never left White Hall, and that place and time come out in his stories.
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Cinque maggio 1968: quando due uomini si incontrano nel penitenziario di Stato della Virginia in una stanza per le visite di massima sicurezza, hanno solo una cosa in comune: entrambi vogliono le loro vite indietro. Da un lato del divisorio in vetro siede Kenneth Deatherage, condannato a morte per lo stupro e l'omicidio brutale di una giovane donna. La giuria ha concordato con l’arringa conclusiva del procuratore: tutte le prove indicano Deatherage come il killer. Ma Deatherage afferma che le prove sono state costruite ad hoc. Egli sostiene che il giudice e il suo stesso avvocato abbiano truccato il processo contro di lui. Dall'altro lato del divisorio siede Nate Abbitt, che era stato un procuratore di successo fino a quando provò a superare con l'alcool la crisi di mezza età che stava attraversando. Tornato finalmente in carreggiata, Nate aveva però ormai perso la sua carriera, il suo matrimonio trentennale e il rispetto di sé. Così si dedicò alla difesa penale, l'unico incarico che avrebbe potuto ottenere. Quando il tribunale lo nomina per rappresentare Deatherage in appello, Nate non crede alla storia del complotto dietro la decisione di mandare Deatherage alla sedia elettrica. Ma, nel momento in cui la sua indagine svelerà alcuni indizi di corruzione all'interno del sistema giudiziario della contea, egli stesso si ritroverà accusato di omicidio da parte degli stessi poteri che avevano dichiarato colpevole il suo cliente. Per salvare se stesso, Nate rischierà la propria vita e la vita degli altri, e nel corso del processo scoprirà che lui e Deatherage hanno in comune molto più di quanto egli non voglia ammettere.
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5 de mayo de 1968. Dos hombres se reúnen en la sala de visitas de máxima seguridad de la penitenciaría estatal de Virginia. Solo tienen una cosa en común: el anhelo de recuperar sus respectivas vidas.
En un lado del vidrio divisor se halla Kenneth Deatherage, sentenciado a pena de muerte por la brutal violación y asesinato de una joven. El jurado se mostró de acuerdo con el alegato final del fiscal: toda la evidencia apunta a Deatherage como el asesino, aunque él afirma que las pruebas fueron fabricadas. Asegura que el juez y su propio abogado manipularon el juicio en su contra.
Al frente de Deatherage se encuentra Nate Abbitt, otrora exitoso fiscal hasta que decidió comenzar a beber para superar una crisis de la edad. Cuando finalmente logró vencer su adicción, ya había perdido su trabajo, su matrimonio de treinta años y el respeto por sí mismo. Se convirtió entonces en abogado defensor para casos penales, la única ocupación que logró conseguir tras la crisis.
Cuando el tribunal lo designa para representar a Deatherage en la apelación, Nate no cree en la existencia de una supuesta conspiración para enviar al imputado a la silla eléctrica. Pero su investigación del caso destapa indicios de corrupción en el sistema judicial del condado y el propio Nate se ve acusado de asesinato por el mismo grupo de presión que condenó a su cliente.
Para salvarse, Nate arriesga su vida y la vida de otros, descubriendo en el camino que él y Deatherage tienen mucho más en común de lo que está dispuesto a admitir.
Quando dois homens encontram-se na penitenciária estadual de Virginia em uma sala de visitas de segurança máxima no dia 5 de maio de 1968, eles tem uma coisa em comum: os dois querem as suas vidas de volta. De um lado da divisória de vidro está Kenneth Deatherage, que foi condenado à morte pelo estupro e assassinato brutal de uma jovem mulher. O juri concordou com o argumento de encerramento do promotor: que todas as evidências apontavam para Deatherage como assassino. Mas Deatherage diz que as evidências foram fabricadas. Ele diz que o juiz e o seu próprio advogado manipularam o julgamento contra ele. No outro lado da divisória está Nate Abbitt, que era um promotor de sucesso até tentar enfrentar sua crise de meia-idade através da bebida. Quando ele finalmente voltou a ficar sóbrio, havia perdido sua carreira, seu casamento de trinta anos, e o respeito a si próprio. Ele voltou-se à defesa criminal porque era o único trabalho que conseguiu arranjar. Quando o tribunal indica Nate para representar Deatherage em uma apelação, Nate não acredita que exista uma grande conspiração para enviar Deatherage para a cadeira elétrica. Mas quando sua investigação descobre indicações de corrupção no sistema judicial da província, ele percebe-se acusado de assassinato pelas mesmas forças que condenaram seu cliente. Para salvar a si mesmo, Nate arrisca a sua vida e a vida de outros e, no processo, descobre que ele e Deatherage tem muito mais em comum do que ele quer admitir.
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