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Calvin Bowden worked many years with juvenile delinquents, adult criminals, law enforcement officials and members of the state and federal judiciary as a probation/parole officer. During that time, he learned much about the various levels and types of criminal behavior, including those offenders classified as habitual criminals and criminal psychopaths. He witnessed the strong points and the tragic shortcomings of our state and federal criminal justice systems, along with the growing anti-social and anti-authority trends in our society. Based on real-life experiences, his novels draw attention to those things and to the many faces of evil which good people are struggling to overcome in order to preserve a life of purpose and harmony
The author holds a B.A. with sociology major, a M.A. with major in Criminal Corrections. He is the author of several other books, which are sold through internet options like Amazon.
He has also written three other novels, "Voices From a Far Field," "Showdown on the Frio" and "Trail of the Butterfly," as well as a book of essays, "Brain Teasers & Heart Pleasers."
on Oct. 09, 2013 :
"Lady in Peril - Men Blunder, Women Suffer" by Calvin Bowden is a taut psychological thriller not told from the usual vantage point. The novel is told nearly entirely from the point of view of the victim rather than the perpetrator.
Young, beautiful Helen "Hellie" Kipling's innocence is stolen by a brutal rapist known as the "Animal" Sadac. Still recovering from the emotional, mental and physical effects of her captivity, Helen's recovery is forced to take a back seat when she learns her torturer has been released and his conviction overturned.
Caught in a male-dominated and seemingly misogynistic small town, Helen's ally in the legal world is tough as nails, bawlsy, District Attorney Maude Magruder. The thought of going through a trial once again and the attitude of the male law-enforcement officers who believe Sadac would not have done what he did to Helen unless she asked for it in some way, victimizes her once again.
The only two men she can trust are her Grandpa, who she referred to as "Papa", after the death of her mother. Also on her side is Max Klaus, an aging state trooper, friend of Papa and the man who liberated Hellie from the Animal's captivity.
When Sadac escapes from custody he pursues Helen, killing law enforcement officers and others in his wake. Helen escapes sexual assaults from corrupt police officers who believe she somehow enjoyed being raped. In a race for her life, Helen again experiences great loss before triumphing over her attacker.
Although the book itself does not pinpoint a time period, the attitude of the males to Helen's rape, suggests the setting is not the present. Not as polished as John Grisham or James Patterson, Bowden does a commendable job of maneuvering appropriate legal jargon. "Lady" is refreshing in that it does not dwell on details of Helen's brutal rape or the inner works of a sadist. The majority of the book is told through the eyes of protagonist hero. We feel Helen's anguish as she tries to recover, her desperation when she hears her rapist has been released, her terror when he escapes, her despair when her grandpa dies and ultimately we feel her hope when she successfully takes her life back and begins to look to the future. The reader leaves Helen with the hopes that she will finally heal and that she will be loved.
(reviewed the day of purchase)