by AGS Johnson
published February 2012
A murder. Inability to remember. A jail cell. Flashbacks. Court. What a novel!
Kip (born Knavere Priestley Czermanski -- no wonder she changed it legally) finds herself in a jail cell. A man has been murdered, naked, in her bed of all places. She is found standing next to the bed. This dead man used to be her college professor-and-lover, and now (gasp) her brother-in-law. Kip is accused and soon to stand trial.
It is 1972. Kip is the youngest of four daughters of a prominent business man. She is the rebellious sister who was often in trouble while growing up. A lawyer says to her in her jail cell: "You clearly represent dissidence, rebellion, the general undermining of all authority -- both the church and state -- of piety. And let's not forget your feminism--"
Another lawyer comes from California to Wausaukeesha, Wisconsin, to defend Kip.
This is more than a mystery, more than a courtroom drama, more than a story of a young woman's life, more than historical fiction of the turbulent years of 1966-72. All these add up to a great book.