Benefit of the Doubt

The Newberg Novels

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Neal Griffin is a twenty-five year veteran of law enforcement. He's seen it all, from routine patrols to drug enforcement to homicide investigations, from corrupt cops to men and women who went far above and beyond the call of duty.

Benefit of the Doubt is a gripping thriller that exposes the dark underbelly of policing in small-town American, where local police departments now deal with big-city crimes and corruption.

Ben Sawyer was a big-city cop, until he nearly killed a helpless suspect in public. Now a detective in the tiny Wisconsin town where he and his wife grew up, Ben suspects that higher-ups are taking payoffs from local drug lords.

Before long, Ben is off the force. His wife is accused of murder. His only ally is another outcast, a Latina rookie cop. Worse, a killer has escaped from jail with vengeance on his mind, and Newburg—and Ben Sawyer—in his sights.



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NEAL GRIFFIN grew up in the kind of town he writes about. For many years he has been part of a police force in southern California. He often speaks about law enforcement issues to civilians and fellow cops. Griffin has participated in special training at FBI headquarters. Benefit of the Doubt is his first novel.

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Forge Books
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Published on
May 12, 2015
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781466839021
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

“Add Neal Griffin to your list of must-read crime writers!”— Tess Gerritsen, author of the Rizzoli and Isles series

“With crackling dialogue, dead-on police procedure, and a smart, feisty heroine in Detective Tia Suarez, Neal Griffin delivers.”—Tami Hoag, New York Times bestselling author

“Engrossing. Griffin paints a vivid picture of the difficulties of police work, in particular the harassment Tia endures from her male colleagues on account of her gender.”—Publishers Weekly

It looks like suicide.

The body of a young man has been found in the woods outside Newberg, dead from a close-range shotgun blast. The gun—his own—lies beside the body.

Certain things don’t add up for Detective Tia Suarez. Where did the fat envelope of cash in his pocket come from? Who called the police to report the body, then disappeared before the cops arrived?

The trail leads Tia to an institution for juvenile incarceration and to the leader of a local mega-church, a political and economic powerhouse in the region. Newberg’s mayor and the medical examiner keep trying to close the case.

But what if it isn’t suicide? What if this young man’s death is covering up something that will shake the town to its foundations?

Los Angeles Times bestselling author Neal Griffin burst onto the scene with Benefit of the Doubt, which introduced Tia Suarez, the only female—and Latina—cop on the police force in tiny Newberg, Wisconsin. Griffin’s compelling suspense novels show that big-city crime regularly plagues small-town America—that Breaking Bad is the rule, not the exception.

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