Midland Savings, situated in Des Moines, is robbed of 1.2 million while a group of customers is held hostage. Kevin Peters, an electrician working in the bank at the time of the robbery, finds himself framed for the crime.
I choose this book because of the premise of an innocent person finding themselves convicted of a crime seems totally plausible to me. Unfortunately, while the author has a good story he has not done enough research to make it believable for me. There is no mention of the FBI even though that agency always investigates bank robberies working with local authorities.
In one scene, the local police who are investigating are at the bank five days after it was robbed and there was plywood on the window and broken glass inside. The FDIC would not allow a bank to stay closed that long as it would erode confidence in the bank and in the system.
While the writing is okay, the novel ended up being about bumbling cops who can jail people at will - true horror that undoubtedly happens. When 1.2 million is missing, the authorities do not stop looking for it just because a conviction has occurred making the denouement less believable in reality than the reader is led to believe.
Had the author allowed reality to intrude and incorporated it into the story, he may have had a good book. 2.5 stars