Title: Meaner than fiction
Author: edited by Lindy Cameron
Just where is justice in Australia hiding? This brilliant new collection of true crime stories takes us into the Australian courts of the 1980s and ’90s, back in time to the goldfields of the 1860’s, and out to the island nation of Nauru in 2006 to explore how the scales of justice are unbalanced. This is a world in which the innocent still get locked up and the guilty too often go free.
Books like MEANER THAN FICTION make me really angry – not at the editor or any of the contributing authors – but at the justice system. A system I have to have utter faith in, if someone does me wrong then they will get punished; and if I get accused of doing something wrong, and I am totally innocent of the accusation then the system will serve me well by proving my innocence. Well that may not happen!
MEANER THAN FICTION is a series of true stories written by an assortment of crime writers, academics and a forensic scientist who are all involved in the legal/justice system either directly or through research and together they demonstrate that the legal system doesn’t always dispense justice sometimes it is powerfully and immovably unjust. Lindy Cameron kicks off by telling us about the shooting of Dr Andrew Taylor, Shelley Robertson then takes us into the courtroom for us to find out the the ‘whole’ truth may not be what the jury is told. PD Martin tells us that so many people are falling foul of the system that is suppose to protect the innocent that groups have sprung up across the world called Innocence Projects whose sole goal is to get imprisoned innocents freed. It is estimated that some 200 people serving time in Australia are genuinely innocent of the crime they have been convicted of. These are just a few of the 13 tales of injustice told – finishing with ‘Did Ken kill Barbie’ did a husband get away with murder?
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and enjoyable
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Meaner than fiction is book # 20 for AWW2013