Benefit of the Doubt
Date: May 2015
Duration: 11 hours 43 minutes
Written by a serving police officer with twenty-five years on the force, Benefit of the Doubt is a stellar debut novel that exposes the dark underbelly of policing in small-town America. Unemployment, a slow economy, and a rising drug trade have brought big-city issues to small towns where local police departments can find themselves outmanned and outgunned...or ripe for corruption.
Ben Sawyer was a big-city cop until he nearly killed a helpless suspect in full view of dozens of cell-phone cameras. Disgraced and threatened with a lawsuit, Ben and his wife, Alex, retreated to Newburg, the tiny Wisconsin town where they'd grown up. Now a police detective, Ben's been a pariah since his father-in-law, the former chief, had a stroke.
Suspecting that someone in Newburg PD is taking payoffs from local drug lords, Ben begins to investigate. He has no idea how far-and how high up the chain of command-the corruption has spread or to what lengths the dirty cops will go to protect their lucrative side business.
Poking his nose where it's not wanted costs Ben dearly. Alex is locked up, accused of adultery and murder; Ben's fired. His only ally is a Latina rookie officer who is as much an outcast in Wisconsin as Ben himself. And there's worse to come. A convicted killer has vengeance on his mind and Ben Sawyer-and his family-in his sights.