Necessities (Book #4 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series) by Boyd Taylor

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Synopsis -

Donnie Ray Cuinn returns to Austin to defend a war hero accused of murder. David Lewis lost both legs in Iraq, but he has overcome his nightmares and his disabilities by sheer willpower. He has learned to run and to box and is a successful newspaperman with a beautiful wife and son. Now the nightmares have returned and he must stand trial for murder. With twists that never seem to end, this gripping legal thriller is filled with suspense and indelibly drawn characters dealing with love and betrayal.

Review -

This book was also a surprise as the first half was told from the perspective of David Lewis - a character Donnie met in a previous book.  It steps back a bit in timeline, retelling parts from previous books from this different perspective, then heads into new territory.

David Lewis is a veteran missing both legs who has driven himself hard to make sure his disabilities don't hold him back in any way. One day he is approached by an beautiful, rich woman he used to go to school with. She wants him to be her husband and produce the grandchild her wealthy father so desires.  None of the other siblings have managed it. He finds himself very attracted to her and decides this is a life he can embrace, even with the no divorce clause.

Unfortunately, after his wife gives birth to their one and only son, she wants to live very separate lives.  In public he is required to step into the required role of dutiful husband in a very happy relationship - something he pulls of despite his growing dissatisfaction.  He is encouraged to enjoy his pleasures in other places as long as he is discreet.  His work both on the family media empire as well as a liberal newspaper he purchased with his wife though, brings him great success and professional satisfaction.

Then one day everything changes.  His father in law believes there is a dire threat against the family and sends David to protect his wife and bring her home. Unfortunately, the situation stirs up his wartime nightmares. In response he fires and kills an innocent.  Even though Donnie Cuinn has no experience at this type of trial, David has complete trust in his abilities and refuses to trust anyone else.  Can Donnie find a way to prove his innocence.

A great read with a fabulous plot twist at the end. Not all is as it seems!  You'll have to read to find out.

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Meet The Author -

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BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

Boyd's first novel "Hero" was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, "The Antelope Play," dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, "The Monkey House", involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel "Necessities" predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

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