Those agreed-upon facts, however, are just the beginning of a court case and Penn Cage's fight for justice that takes readers into many far-from-the-courthouse venues.
"Mississippi Blood," like the two previous novels — "Natchez Burning" (2014) and "The Bone Tree" (2015) — is a thick book running several hundred pages.
Cage, Quentin Avery, and the prosecutor, Shadrach Johnson, are both black, as is the presiding judge, Joe Elder, and all are so vividly described — Avery is a diabetic with a motorized wheelchair — that they at times carry the narrative just by their engrossing personalities.
Cage consumes much of the narrative.
While the dialogue is mostly sharp and keen to legal decorum, Penn Cage repeatedly screams to himself that Avery should be objecting to one impermissible prosecution tactic or another.