Langston Brown is a wrongfully convicted black man facing the death penalty for a horrific bank robbery gone wrong referred to as the Mother’s Day Massacre. He is accused of killing several bank guards during the commission of the crime, although witnesses state the perpetrator is white, not black. His daughter Liza, who has dreams of being a songstress, drops out of Julliard to attend law school to help her dad obtain his freedom. She enlists the help of her employer Eli Stone who owns a jazz club. When they receive news that her father will be executed within thirty days, it is a race against time to get to the truth of what really happened that fateful day.
THEY CAN’T TAKE YOUR NAME is a tale of a broken judicial system, the crisis of wrongly accused minorities and the reality of being a casualty in a society that tends to overlook others. This book is a nail biter that at some points had me hollering and side-eyeing the characters. An emotionally charged thriller that addresses racism and injustice.
Reviewed by Paula Allen
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