A Defect of Character

By Pamela Kay Hawkins

Literary fiction, General fiction | Paperback, eBook


Thinking to leave the corruption and pressure of 1920s Washington, D. C., behind, prominent trial attorney Jake Witherspoon moves with his family to his hometown in rural Arkansas to care for his widowed mother, and give his children a taste of the simple life. Unfortunately, drama follows him, and soon a tragedy robs him of any knowledge of his previous life. Another tragedy triggers his memory, and he wakes up in the middle of a web of lies, deceit, and murder which force him to confront painful truths about his past and himself. As the truth he's seeking unfolds with the help of so me unlikely characters, Jake finally comes to terms with the man he was and the man he wants to be. A complex murder mystery, full of scandal, suspense, and political intrigue, A Defect of Character leads readers through one man's painful, liberating journey of self-discovery, to justice and closure.


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Thinking to leave the corruption and pressure of 1920s Washington, D. C., behind, prominent trial attorney Jake Witherspoon moves with his family to his hometown in rural Arkansas to care for his widowed mother, and give his children a taste of the simple life. Unfortunately, drama follows him, and soon a tragedy robs him of any knowledge of his previous life. Another tragedy triggers his memory, and he wakes up in the middle of a web of lies, deceit, and murder which force him to confront painful truths about his past and himself. As the truth he's seeking unfolds with the help of so me unlikely characters, Jake finally comes to terms with the man he was and the man he wants to be. A complex murder mystery, full of scandal, suspense, and political intrigue, A Defect of Character lea...


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Pamela Kay Hawkins graduated with a BA in English Literature, along with a double minor in history and journalism. She later earned an MA in journalism/mass communication with an emphasis in professional writing from the University of Oklahoma, where she also taught as a lecturer and TA., while pursuing a Ph.D. A published writer since 1982, Hawkins's work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, video, public relations and advertising. She wrote several books for Golden Books under the last name Broughton. A member of SCBWI since 1986, Hawkins currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband. A Defect of Character, a mainstream novel, and The Girl in the Back of the Room, a coming-of age novella, were published in 2015. When not writing, Hawkins enjoys interacting with her family, watercolor painting, music, and, of course, reading.


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Pamela Kay Hawkins graduated with a BA in English Literature, along with a double minor in history and journalism. She later earned an MA in journalism/mass communication with an emphasis in professional writing from the University of Oklahoma, where she also taught as a lecturer and TA., while pursuing a Ph.D. A published writer since 1982, Hawkins's work has appeared in newspapers, magazin...


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