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Innocence: 1 (Scott Finn 3) Paperback – 3 Apr 2009

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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (3 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330456989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330456982
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 841,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No longer a pawn at one of Boston’s most prestigious law firms, attorney Scott Finn has returned to the tough Charlestown streets of his youth, where he ekes out a living from any legal work he can get. But nothing has prepared him for a case as twisted as the one he now faces. Fifteen years ago, a female undercover cop survived a brutal attack and was shot with her own revolver. She positively identified doctor and illegal immigrant Vincente Salazar and his fingerprints were found on the gun. Convicted to fifty years behind bars, and forgotten by everyone but his grieving family, he always proclaimed his innocence. Now he finds support in his claim for a new trial and Finn is the only one able to fight to find the truth. Allying himself with maverick detective Tom Kozlowski, Finn uncovers a web of lies, corruption and secrets that stretch from Central America to Boston’s suburbs which could threaten the security of the nation. Before Finn and Kozlowski know it, it will be their lives that hang in the balance as they search desperately for the thin line between guilt and innocence. 'Red-hot fiction rooted in stone-cold fact - a legal thriller to rival the best from Grisham or Turow' Lee Child

About the Author

David Hosp is a lawyer and a partner in the Trial Department at one of Boston’s oldest and largest law firms. He currently lives south of Boston with his wife and their children.


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By Suzan VINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2007
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This is the 3rd David Hosp novel and is a riveting read. The characters from his 1st novel "Dark Harbour" are back but that is where the similarity ends, as "Innocence" is fresh and different.

The first chapter sets the pace and from there the tension builds until the very end, with an excellent twist.

The story line centres around Vincente Salazar, who may or may not have been falsely sentenced to prison for an attack on a female police officer some 15 years ago. Scott Finn, a lawyer, with Tom Kozlowski a retired police officer, now detective, try to find out if he is innocent or not.

On the cover "Innocence" is described as a legal thriller, but I think it's more of an action legal thriller, written intelligently, with warm and believable characters but with a tension which will make you not want to put it down.
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Only discovered David Hosp fairly recently but have quickly devoured all of the Scott Finn series and his other books. They are an excellent read, he paints wonderful quirky characters that you look forward to meeting again and again. The plots are totally plausible with lots of twists and turns and the stories have plenty of depth.
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Scott Finn, an attorney, is confronted with the case of a man who was imprisoned 15 years ago for murdering a policewoman. Scott becomes convinced of the man's innocence and tries to see him released. He and his two assistants then carry out the legwork to see what avenues are available to them.

The three make an interesting team and the relationships add to the flavour of the story. Along the way though they are hindered or attacked and Salvadorian gangs as well as corrupt police are implicated.

But it all goes along in very predictable fashion. Hosp writes well, but the story never really peaks. There is little courtroom drama and certainly much less than I expected.

Perhaps I was looking for something a little more explosive to explain all, but that "something" didn't really emerge, despite a minor twist. Hosp has done enough for me, however, to make me search for his earlier works in the hope that he may have been more creative with them.
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Engaging set of central characters who you can follow through from Scott Finn 1 onwards. Like a small and intriguing family who subtly change and mature from book to book. "Innocence" features a complex plot with all manner of twists, turns and reversals. Exciting semi-denoument towards the end but neatly eclipsed in the final pages. Although there's something of a comfort factor in retaining the main payers from book to book, David Hosp doesn't do soft. "Innocence" brings to life the tougher side of Boston and some well-researched unpleasant facts about its history. And there are times when the book seamlessly gives the reader serious pause for thought. Multi-faceted people, plot and background. Strong and convincing writing style. Not quite un-put-downable but good to get back to.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2013
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I am a little backwards with David Hosp's novels. I read his last novel 'Among Thieves' and found it so wonderful, I am now reading the rest of his books. 'Innocence' and 'Among Thieves' can be read on their own, and the story line is not lost, but it is wonderful to have a few insights from each.

David Hosp has invented the kind of character in Scott Finn that we all want for our lawyer. He is an intelligent, wiley, respectful detective. He has left a powerful law firm to go out on his own. A former police detective, Tom Kozlowski, is working with him. What we have here are two strong and silent men. An intern, Liisa has a foul mouth and talks alot to make up for the silence, I assume. One two many foul words, however, I believe she is strong, and I like her more without her motormouth. Finn is asked by a fellow lawyer from his old firm to assist on a case where all the evidence points to guilt of the convicted felon, Vincente Salazar. Finn is asked to become involved in a case sponsored by the New England Innocence Project. David Hosp has been involved with this group, and he is able to give us a great deal of information about fingerprints, their use and their uselessness because of that involvement. Finn and Kozlowski discuss a couple of finer points about the real value of evidence in this novel that give insight into the Innocence Project. Salazar has been in jail for fifteen years for the shooting and attempted rape of a young policewoman. As a result of the shooting she is paralyzed. Salazar and his family left San Salvador with the help of a Latino street gang, and Finn finally believes that Salazar may have been set up in this case. Neither the police nor the street gang want this case reopened and danger and mayhem proceed.
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I enjoyed this book it moved quickly and I believed the relationships between Finn and Koslowski and also how the plot ran - it was also fun,
the banter was believable and enjoyable!! Plus the women and children had decent roles which rang true - always a place where thrillers can fail or pass with me!!
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this book kept me intrigued to the end and I am still considering what my conclusion were as to the ending. Well worth the read, however be aware it could keep you hooked that you do not want to put the book down until the end.
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