By Robert Harland Mitchell
Encouraged via the 1973 insurrection on the Oklahoma country prison in McAlester, the most harmful criminal riots in U.S. heritage, Robert H. Mitchell's experience the Lightning spins a desirable internet of political and criminal intrigue. The blazing sunlight has despatched the thermometer hovering over a hundred levels, and the 3 thousand inmates of McHenry reformatory, an getting older, decrepit establishment equipped to carry 600, are commencing to simmer. Governor David Horton, ignoring his advisors' warnings, adamantly refuses to allocate funds to fix and extend the crumbling, overcrowded facility. a jail insurrection, despite the fact that, should be simply the trump card wanted by way of his political rival Glen Tobias. in addition, sure inmates are conscious rebel would supply the proper hide for an break out try out. the hot participant in occasions at McHenry is younger legal professional Eric Williams, who perspectives his contemporary appointment to the kingdom pardon and parole board as a lift to his profession and a distraction from his disintegrating marriage. He additionally sees within the appointment a chance to aid society's unfortunates, who've run afoul of the legislations yet now are suffering to show their lives round. If Williams isn't cautious, his idealism can make him effortless prey for manipulative criminals, now not all of whom are at the back of bars. With a yes hand, Mitchell ratchets up the stress at each step of ways, in the course of the climactic rebellion and the stunning denouement. while, the unconventional addresses well timed questions of felony reform, rehabilitation, and the issues confronted through inmates getting ready to come to existence outdoors felony.