"ALMOST A MURDER" is a nonfiction novel of literary realism.
It is a starkly honest portrayal of a cub lawyer accepting a case no one else will touch in an attempt to cope with his recent grief and entrenched reflex of inferiority. He is up against powerful financial, social and political pressures in this epic legal battle.
Tension builds during the three trials that comprise this case: police procedures, crime scene investigations, legal jostling, and the defendant's relationship with the victim. "ALMOST A MURDER" is fraught with emotion and unflinching in its portrayal of abuse of power, human frailty and depicting the hypocrisy of "civilized" society turning away from the unincorporated because they do not warrant notice.
No doubt the authors can construct a compelling story, but it is the flesh and blood characters, the dead-on dialects, and the searing honesty that brings this story to life.
In this REAL-LIFE COURTROOM LEGAL DRAMA, "ALMOST A MURDER," authors Jody Seay and Jim Lloyd recount how a wealthy "Son of Oklahoma" is slain by his delicate foreign wife. To police, the brutal facts are clear: she cracked his skull with a bat, shot him twice, she strangled him, dumped his body; lied repeatedly and then, when cornered, she confessed. Everyone believes it's going to be a slam-dunk murder trial and a quick trip to lethal injection.
But cub lawyer, Lloyd, reluctantly comes to her defense in this completely lopsided contest. He puts his family and future in jeopardy to defend a killer with no friends, no money, and who barely speaks English. Together the defendant and Jim stand against powerful political and financial forces in an epic battle between retribution and truth in the Oklahoma legal system. Ultimately this TRUE CRIME THRILLER is one of the most studied legal clashes in US law today.
Written by an award-winning author and the lawyer who defended this case, "ALMOST A MURDER," showcases their stunning ability to capture pivotal moments and to reveal vulnerability. This provides readers an unparalleled "you are there" view of the headline-making trial with personalities on display. And the regional tone is captured perfectly. It's a sensational battle... drama, humanity, moral dilemma and, yes, even painful self-examination as it happened in this great Oklahoma courtroom.
"Every now and then a monster writing talent rockets into the literary world. Such a writer is Jody Seay. There is something about the way she magically strings words together that makes you just proud to be a member of the human race." - Susan Chernak McElroy, NY Times best-selling author
"The reader invests themselves absolutely. Who wouldn't want a 'Jim Lloyd' to defend them when it really matters?" - Mark Lindberg, Attorney & Business Law Professor at Oral Roberts University
"The regional tone is captured perfectly as are the insightful portrayal of the lawyers, judges, family members, and others involved in this real-life battle. The authors depict all the drama and humanity that is manifest in American courtrooms." - Jaki Harvell, children book author
"Forty years ago the law profession was much different; many of us gave lip-service to real 'justice for all'. However, you, Jim, at the risks of your reputation and financial disaster made it real - not always pretty - but real. And now, in this book, you capture for us the behavior of the characters involved and you shine a light that glimpses their soul... their very being. This makes it all the more overpowering." - John W. Klenda, Lawyer
"[Jody Seay's] remarkably confident debut novel of heartache and redemption... Written with a firm command of vernacular speech and down-home metaphors, the narrative holds attention with charmingly quirky characters and a good sense of place." - Publisher's Weekly review of "The Second Coming of Curly Red," October 1999
"Jim's unique understanding of the law brings this story of a young Thai woman who killed her husband to life. His struggle to balance the legal profession with his personal life in order to save his client makes this book a real page-turner." - Ed Lutz, Attorney
..". a candid, compelling, compassionate and illuminating [book]. Highly recommended." - Wisconsin Bookwatch review of author Jody Seay's "The Second Coming of Curly Red," February 2000
"Seay's characters are originals and well-developed. She has a good ear for how people talk and a gift for layering emotional impact into her chapters with a powerful yet light touch..." - Oriana Green, Just Out, January 2000
"Jody Seay handed me her book (Dead in a Ditch) and said, 'I hope you laugh so hard you bust your spleen.' I'm happy to say that my spleen survived intact - but my pancreas is still in a splint. Jody Seay is ONE FUNNY WRITER." - Jerry Juhl, three-time Emmy Award winner, former head writer for The Muppets Show and Jim Henson Productions