All For Summer

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Pub Date 23 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 30 Jan 2022

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In 1980s East Texas, Luther Holman, a local janitor, awaits trial for the murder of a prominent local, the same man potentially responsible for the murder of Luther’s young daughter, Summer.

Unexpected help arrives with a new legal aid attorney, who replaces the pliable local defender. As the trial opens, the certainty of Luther’s conviction crumbles as the capable defense attorney exposes the state’s falsified and contrived evidence. Determined that Luther will be convicted, the sheriff uses intimidation, physical abuse and threats directed at Luther’s mother and wife to try and force a confession.

In the midst of the trial, the sheriff’s worried secretary becomes aware that an earlier murder conviction rested on similar shady dealings. To find out what really happened to her dead friend, she dives into her own investigation of the earlier case, but soon realizes she must rely on a newcomer with a murky past to uncover the truth.

As the sheriff ratchets up the pressure on Luther, other citizens in the county are confronted by law enforcement’s continued endemic corruption. With the trial’s expected outcome constantly shifting, the conflicting aims of all of the parties combine to produce an unexpected climax.

In 1980s East Texas, Luther Holman, a local janitor, awaits trial for the murder of a prominent local, the same man potentially responsible for the murder of Luther’s young daughter, Summer.

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A Note From the Publisher

Parman Reynolds’ long and diverse career includes that of a utility engineer, consulting engineer, a university finance and economics instructor, and a writer. His outside activities include an interest in the arts, and he has served on various volunteer boards. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Mary.

Parman Reynolds’ long and diverse career includes that of a utility engineer, consulting engineer, a university finance and economics instructor, and a writer. His outside activities include an...


Advance Praise

"A finely executed legal thriller that fans of John Grisham’s The Innocent Man will fall for." –BestThrillers.com


"A finely executed legal thriller that fans of John Grisham’s The Innocent Man will fall for." –BestThrillers.com



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Good story that shows the underbelly of the legal system. In this case the defendant relies on a new lawyer to overcome the efforts of the prosecutors to unjustly convict him.

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The year is 1983 and in Douglas County Texas don’t count on getting a fair trail. It’s before DNA and if arrested you will most likely be convicted especially if you are innocent. The police department has its own agenda and is about as corrupt as you can get. Luther Holman is in the county jail, arrested for the murder of a man who might have killed his daughter. He professes to be innocent, but in Douglas County there’s very little hope of him ever seeing the light of day again. Things start to look a tiny bit brighter when a legal aid attorney from out of town steps in to take his case. With the corruption spread far and wide, it might be too little too late, but any hope is more than Luther had before. Interspersed with a prior case, the chapters fly by and finally come together with an unexpected ending that’s most satisfying! With a court room drama that’s mindful of Grisham and a character that you can’t help but root for, this was a mighty fine read!

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All For Summer
by Parman Reynolds

This was a beautiful, sad read. All the injustice in a Texas town. Oddly seems this is still going on here in Texas. It was a book I could relate to the main characters, some good, some very bad. In 1980s East Texas, Luther Holman, a local janitor, awaits trial for the murder of a prominent local, the same man potentially responsible for the murder of Luther’s young daughter, Summer. I was rooting for the young attorney
as well as Luther Holman, I would give 75 stars if able.

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All For Summer is a story about a murder in Douglas County, Texas. In 1983 and before DNA testing was a part of the standard for evidence gathering, most people arrested were likely to be convicted especially regardless of innocence. The good old boy system is alive and thriving under a corrupt police department. Luther Holman is in the county jail, arrested for the murder of a man who he believes has killed his daughter. He tells his new attorney, Mr. Garner, from the Legal Defense Fund he is innocent.

Meanwhile, the murder of Clarice and her convicted husband Carl plays out simultaneously with Luther's case. It is unclear at the beginning how these cases are tied together, but the author slowly tells the story weaving them together with a masterful and surprising conclusion. The language is a little tough to follow as it leads you to think this area of Texas may not be as educated, but it adds to the story all the same.

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