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30 Days: Fact & Fiction Fuse in Gritty & Razor-Sharp New Crime Novel, Exploring Possible 'Last Resort' Revenge as Result of Failing U.S. Justice System

Masterfully crafted by G.R. Case, ’30 Days’ proves that great fiction really does imitate real life. The novel’s fast-paced and highly plausible narrative follows a Harlem, NY mail carrier who is grieving for his murdered niece. The suspected killer is questioned by the police but let go due to lack of evidence. So hooked on revenge, he loses virtually everything about himself in what becomes a mind-blowing two-year quest for true justice. Case has deployed tenacity and brevity to weave many aspects of inner-city culture into his work, while depicting the lengths someone could easily go to if they believe the justice system has failed them.


Chicago, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/19/2014 -- An angry man looking for revenge isn’t new to fiction; this model has in fact become something of a literacy staple over the past sixty years. However, author G.R. Case takes it to the next level with a chillingly-real narrative that transcends thoroughbred fiction to explore how present-day crime levels and a seemingly casual U.S. justice system could literally shoot itself in the foot.

’30 Days’ is dark, intelligent and provokes deep thought as the protagonist’s methodical quest for true justice plays out with vivid aplomb.

Marcus Freling is a military veteran working as a mail carrier enjoying life. His pride and joy is his thirteen-year-old niece. Innocence is lost when her young life is snuffed out by a senseless random drive-by shooting in Harlem, NY. Over the next several months, Marcus's sorrow turns to anger. Anger gives way for a yearning to inflict vengeance on Troy, the drug dealer, whom fired the kill shot. Troy is questioned by Detective Rodgers about the murder but is released due to lack of evidence.

Marcus lurks in the shadows of Troy's existence, fiendishly watching his every move over the next year. He kidnaps Troy and holds him hostage in a secluded farmhouse in the Catskill Mountains. He heaps unrelenting torture upon Troy over the next thirty days. He insanely serves as the defense attorney, prosecutor, and judge at Troy's mock trial in a barn behind the house. Rodgers uncovers Marcus's plot and ventures into the mountains to stop him. Will he get there before it is too late?

“The great thing about this story is that it could easily play out in any inner-city that is riddled with crime,” explains Case. “Ultimately, the narrative explores how someone can altruistically lose themselves in their quest to sort out something the justice system is ignoring. Marcus used to be a tenacious and sharp guy, but loses every shred of his humanity as he pursues not only his niece’s killer, but a punishment that fits the crime.”

Continuing, “But the law does intervene, and readers see two very different sides of the same story as the authorities try to get hold of the killer before Marcus carries out his own piece of citizen justice. Readers in high crime areas will certainly be left with plenty to think about. This sort of thing could one day take place on their doorstep.”

Since its release, the novel has garnered rave reviews. For example, Jessica Hansen comments, “This is a fantastic book! I read it in 3 days, I was so hooked, I just couldn't put it down. I wish every book I picked up was this exciting! GR Case, is a great writer that represent strength in upcoming talent. I highly recommend reading this book!”

In his 5 Star-Review for Readers’ Favorite, Paul Johnson, comments, “The first two-thirds of the book lead the reader on a journey of a good man slowly losing himself. The last third is pure adrenaline enhancing action. I couldn't put it down until I reached the end. Very nicely done.”

’30 Days’, published by Cool Blue Books, is available now: http://amzn.to/1p43rU5

For more information, visit the author’s official website: http://www.grcase.com

About G.R. Case
G.R. Case resides just outside of the Chicago area with his family. His passion is crafting every story by taking the reader on a journey into the minds of vast characters. In addition to storytelling, he enjoys following his favorite Chicago sports teams. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Arts in Sociology.