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“He promised to kill me when he got out. I believed him. If I wanted justice, I had to fight both him and the courts...maybe kill him first. If I didn’t do something, I was going to die.” This is not a manufactured dialogue from a thriller but the words of attorney Sharon Muse. They came after she survived an attempted kidnapping, rape, and murder at the hands of Hank Mor “He promised to kill me when he got out. I believed him. If I wanted justice, I had to fight both him and the courts...maybe kill him first. If I didn’t do something, I was going to die.” This is not a manufactured dialogue from a thriller but the words of attorney Sharon Muse. They came after she survived an attempted kidnapping, rape, and murder at the hands of Hank Morrison, a former client. On April 7, 2006, Muse miraculously escaped from the sociopathic Morrison, only to find that the threat to her life was just beginning. Ineptitude in the justice system threatened to release Morrison and allow him the opportunity to finish the job, which he adamantly pledged to do. Muse would have to fight at every step to ensure her safety. Muse would act as her own advocate, investigator, legal counsel, and bodyguard in the years following the event. Pursuing Justice covers the brutal kidnapping, two trials, two appeals, procedural errors galore, one Supreme Court reversal, and even Muse’s intricate plan to murder Morrison before he could get to her. Muse would not ultimately execute that plan, and she would emerge victorious in the legal battle yhanks to her faith and her own determination and legal acumen. But her safety is not ensured: Morrison is up for parole in 2026. Muse regularly monitors his status. Co-writer Holly Lorincz joins Muse to help her recount her stranger-than-fiction story in Pursuing Justice. Muse analyzes the failures of the legal system, the mistakes she made, the steps she took to protect herself, and how she has coped with trauma. Readers will find not only a compelling narrative, but also insight into how to protect oneself and ensure one’s own safety and well-being.


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“He promised to kill me when he got out. I believed him. If I wanted justice, I had to fight both him and the courts...maybe kill him first. If I didn’t do something, I was going to die.” This is not a manufactured dialogue from a thriller but the words of attorney Sharon Muse. They came after she survived an attempted kidnapping, rape, and murder at the hands of Hank Mor “He promised to kill me when he got out. I believed him. If I wanted justice, I had to fight both him and the courts...maybe kill him first. If I didn’t do something, I was going to die.” This is not a manufactured dialogue from a thriller but the words of attorney Sharon Muse. They came after she survived an attempted kidnapping, rape, and murder at the hands of Hank Morrison, a former client. On April 7, 2006, Muse miraculously escaped from the sociopathic Morrison, only to find that the threat to her life was just beginning. Ineptitude in the justice system threatened to release Morrison and allow him the opportunity to finish the job, which he adamantly pledged to do. Muse would have to fight at every step to ensure her safety. Muse would act as her own advocate, investigator, legal counsel, and bodyguard in the years following the event. Pursuing Justice covers the brutal kidnapping, two trials, two appeals, procedural errors galore, one Supreme Court reversal, and even Muse’s intricate plan to murder Morrison before he could get to her. Muse would not ultimately execute that plan, and she would emerge victorious in the legal battle yhanks to her faith and her own determination and legal acumen. But her safety is not ensured: Morrison is up for parole in 2026. Muse regularly monitors his status. Co-writer Holly Lorincz joins Muse to help her recount her stranger-than-fiction story in Pursuing Justice. Muse analyzes the failures of the legal system, the mistakes she made, the steps she took to protect herself, and how she has coped with trauma. Readers will find not only a compelling narrative, but also insight into how to protect oneself and ensure one’s own safety and well-being.

30 review for Pursuing Justice: One Attorney's Fight against a Client Who Kidnapped Her and the Legal System that Betrayed Her

  1. 5 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    This was one of the most exciting, scary, and tension filled true crime books I’ve read. You really feel for Sharon Muse as the beginning of the story unfolds and you follow along with her. Things just get more intense and frightening as it continues and she finds herself kidnapped by someone she once represented who was convicted. And he wants revenge his own way now that he’s made her drive out to this creepy abandoned farm. This part of the book is riveting, but there is much more to this sto This was one of the most exciting, scary, and tension filled true crime books I’ve read. You really feel for Sharon Muse as the beginning of the story unfolds and you follow along with her. Things just get more intense and frightening as it continues and she finds herself kidnapped by someone she once represented who was convicted. And he wants revenge his own way now that he’s made her drive out to this creepy abandoned farm. This part of the book is riveting, but there is much more to this story, so check it out. I highly recommend this one. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, authors Sharon R. Muse, JD & Holly Lorincz, and the publisher. Review first published on my WordPress blog viewed here: https://wordpress.com/post/bookblog20...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    The first 80 or so pages of this book is an accurate and stomach wrenching minute to minute telling of Sharon Muse's ordeal and its hourly aftermath of that day. This book has two titles in different forms and I think this second one is better. More exact. It's about a kidnapping and the 6 years of trials and ordeals of afterwards. Not counting the ongoing and forevermore daily stretching to assume a "safety" for herself. The other title (Pursuing is the first word) conveys the experience she end The first 80 or so pages of this book is an accurate and stomach wrenching minute to minute telling of Sharon Muse's ordeal and its hourly aftermath of that day. This book has two titles in different forms and I think this second one is better. More exact. It's about a kidnapping and the 6 years of trials and ordeals of afterwards. Not counting the ongoing and forevermore daily stretching to assume a "safety" for herself. The other title (Pursuing is the first word) conveys the experience she endured "fighting" the cops, courts, criminal justice mazes and negligence for providing and locating evidence. But it truly is about kidnapping foremost. And what any professional or working person needs to fear and live with when an insane or incensed individual seeks short and long term revenge. Sometimes for an issue or not; at times for issues or cause/effects only in the deranged mind of the perpetrator. Also at times, when you aren't even the person or the ethnicity or whatever descriptive they "nail" for you to be the target. If you are a lawyer or love to read court procedure and testimony then the book will be a 5 star for you. It's in a different font/ print and that particular form made it hard for me to read at these lengths that it took. If you are, like me, a past, far past, recent, or somewhere in between victim of assault (especially stranger assault as I have been)- then some of the aspects of "afterwards" will strike your heart like an arrow. Because mental and physical torment little ends when the "day" is over. Our criminal justice system has gone from one extreme to the other. At this particular juncture it is IMMENSELY toward the defense of criminal actors and almost NEVER on the side of the victims. And no more so than in planned (Sharon's abductor had an entire scenario formed to reverse onus if disturbed) assaults, kidnappings, rapes, murders. Yes even in murders. Victims there get lambasted in 100 ways even when they are dead. I've heard it too. If you are Christian, you will probably understand Sharon's copy about her emotional and physical and cognitive state much better than if you have no religious belief or one which doesn't have strong habits of prayer and structures for traditional types of worship. Because she puts much of her belief system too into this book. This happened in 2006 and I am appalled at the lack of policing that was NOT done for the car, perp's clothing, other physical or weapon forensics evidence. But believe me, if you aren't dead, fought for your own life and overall was successful at it- I guess they must think that's your "own" reward? As if the perp or perps doing it again and again and again, while endlessly ruining others' lives eternally is just insignificant "get used to it" fodder. Put me down with Sharon. Anyone who does these kinds of deeds and is a manipulator of others to such injuring degrees should NEVER be given a chance for parole. This is not about forgiveness or being merciless at all- either direction. As she details throughout this book- it is so they DO NOT recommit. You (general public) are not beginning to "hear" of the numbers of parolees who ruin more and more and more lives. Particularly within the last five years with "prison reform"- it has been horrendous for the multiplying "did it again" victims. No more so than in the urban environments of the USA cities of 50 to 100 year length Democratic Party "leadership". And this isn't even gun injury/death stats. More multiples of recommit for assaults, assault with robbery, rapes, carjackings, kidnapping etc. Sharon is a lawyer. I can't imagine how hard it was to live those 5 or 6 years of trials. And the important minutia that was kept from her re judges and the judicial system meshes! How much more we "non-lawyers" must fail to be included within? Hopefully you will never know.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    I once had a history teacher who taught me a very valuable lesson -- Don't believe everything you read. This book presents a highly sensationalized (and, in part, fictionalized) account of a kidnapping case that occurred in Kentucky. The author, Sharon Muse, is a lawyer as well as the crime victim. The book very loosely follows the crime, the investigation, and the subsequent trial. In 2011, the prosecutors convicted the Defendant of kidnapping and he was sentenced to Life. The Defendant was acqu I once had a history teacher who taught me a very valuable lesson -- Don't believe everything you read. This book presents a highly sensationalized (and, in part, fictionalized) account of a kidnapping case that occurred in Kentucky. The author, Sharon Muse, is a lawyer as well as the crime victim. The book very loosely follows the crime, the investigation, and the subsequent trial. In 2011, the prosecutors convicted the Defendant of kidnapping and he was sentenced to Life. The Defendant was acquitted of the less serious offenses of sexual abuse and resisting arrest. I followed the trial of Ms. Muse's case and was very interested to read this book. The Defendant is a dangerous man and he had bad intentions. Ms. Muse, though, is portraying him as being far worse than the facts warrant. In addition, she seems to harbor a grudge against several law enforcement officials, and, in a thinly-veiled attempt to malign them (and to promote herself as some sort of evangelical superlawyer who was "betrayed" by the criminal justice system), she misrepresents much of what occurred during the actual prosecution of the case. It's very telling that Ms. Muse, who spent most of the trial outside the courtroom, fails to offer interviews (or post-trial assessments) from the key players in the case -- the prosecutors and the defense attorneys (all of whom live and/or work within a 30 minute drive of Ms. Muse's office). Ms. Muse, it seems, doesn't want her readers to hear from them, probably because they're too principled to play along with her make-believe version of events. Let's look at some of Ms. Muse's dubious claims. Ms. Muse, who had agreed to give the Defendant a ride, maintains that the Defendant later threatened her as she bolted from her car. This is the exact threat (as related by Ms. Muse) -- "I will kill you. It doesn't matter if you get away. I'm going to kill you. It may be tomorrow, it may be next year, but I will kill you." (See p. 26) It sounds terrifying, but there is a problem, a very big problem. Ms. Muse did not tell the deputies at the scene or the hospital staff at the emergency room about this alleged "threat". (See p. 42 & p. 55) The discerning reader will notice that Ms. Muse does not include a transcript of her recorded statement to the State Police Trooper (made the day of the incident) or her subsequent written statements to law enforcement. Furthermore, she omits large portions of her direct testimony to the jury. Why would Ms. Muse do this? Well Ms. Muse is keeping something from you. At the trial in 2011, Ms. Muse testified at length about the kidnapping. But she did not tell the jury about the Defendant's alleged "threat". Look for that part in her book. You won't find it. If you read carefully you'll see that even the assistant prosecutor didn't mention the alleged "threat" in his well-reasoned closing argument. (See pp. 232-238) What can we surmise? The alleged "threat" -- the Defendant's supposed promise to kill Ms. Muse one day -- is a recent fabrication that has been grafted onto the story. It looks like Ms. Muse, who dedicates her book first to God, is not being honest with her readers. Why didn't the State Police Trooper or the Commonwealth's Attorney charge the Defendant with attempted murder, something about which Ms. Muse is livid? The answer is simple -- It appears that Ms. Muse never reported the alleged "threat" to them (even though she made multiple statements to law enforcement). The charge of kidnapping is extremely serious. It carries the same penalty as attempted murder. Under the applicable subsection of the kidnapping statute, "kidnapping" means that a defendant unlawfully restrains another person while having the intent to inflict bodily injury or to terrorize the victim. See KRS 509.040(c). This is what the prosecutors demonstrated the Defendant had done, although the "restraint" was clearly more psychological than it was physical. Let's next consider the hammer, rope, and duct tape that Ms. Muse contends were inside the Defendant's green duffle bag? It sounds like the Defendant had something very wicked in mind. But did Ms. Muse tell the State Police Trooper about these sinister items? I couldn't find that part in her book. There is a good reason why I couldn't find that part in the book. It doesn't exist. The following may come as a real surprise to the casual reader, but it's true. At the trial in 2011, Ms. Muse did not tell the jury about these supposed items in the green duffle bag. Like the alleged "threat", the hammer, rope, and duct tape appear to be nothing more than fabrications that Ms. Muse cleverly slipped into the story years after the fact. Is Ms. Muse deliberately misleading her readers? Of course she is. But don't take my word for it. You can obtain a video of Ms. Muse's trial testimony from the Bourbon Circuit Clerk in Paris, Kentucky. The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Covington. The case number is 06-CR-62. Go and see for yourself if Ms. Muse is embellishing the story. With all this is mind, let's next consider Ms. Muse's account of the fight in the car. Is it accurate, or have details been added to make the story more dramatic? Ms. Muse describes a horrific attack. She tells us of her many injuries -- hair and skin ripped from her skull, back badly bruised, deep cuts, bloody scratches on her chest, bruises and scrapes covering the right side of her body, etc... The discerning reader will notice that Ms. Muse does not include her hospital records or pictures of her injuries. At the trial in 2011, the prosecution introduced Ms. Muse' certified hospital records into evidence. The Bourbon Circuit Clerk has possession of these records and they are accessible by the public. (See Commonwealth's Exhibit #20) The certified hospital records document that Ms. Muse's injuries were few and relatively minor. Ms. Muse had an abrasion on her neck and three scratch marks on her right upper chest, well above her breast. In addition, her right knee and wrist were bruised. In both instances the bruising (which was possibly self-inflicted in regards to the right knee) was described as being "mild". Now let me give you a very specific example of how Ms. Muse is playing fast and loose with the facts. Ms. Muse writes that the Defendant "was banging my head into anything he could make contact with." (See p. 25) You might expect that Ms. Muse's head was covered in abrasions, cuts, and bruises. But that's simply not the case, and the certified hospital records make no mention of the large chunks of hair and skin that Ms. Muse claims were ripped from her skull. (See p. 26) Now how can this be? It's worth pointing out that Ms. Muse maintains that it was "close to four o'clock in the morning" when she received her released papers. (See p. 68) Her certified hospital records, however, note that she was discharged at 2350 (or 1150 pm). So Ms. Muse is at it again. She grossly exaggerates her "injuries" and then omits her certified hospital records. This leaves her readers with the false impression that she suffered a brutal beating when in fact she didn't. Ms. Muse describes herself as "a lawyer savvy in the institution of law". (See p. ix) But when she found herself the victim of a crime, she did not know the reputation of the top prosecutor's office in her circuit. (See p. 83) This suggests that Ms. Muse had had minimal experience dealing with serious criminal cases. Still, Ms. Muse acts likes she's the sage of legal wisdom, and her incessant, petty attack on the prosecutors is annoying. It's also hard to understand. The prosecutors took the bad guy to trial and nailed him to the wall -- the maximum possible sentence on kidnapping (Life) along with the maximum possible parole eligibility (20 years). This sentence is equivalent to that received by the man who shot John Lennon back in 1980. But that doesn't stop Ms. Muse from complaining. And complain she does! She second-guesses the prosecutors ad nauseam and, putting her Southern "manners" aside, even stoops so low as to belittle them (she arrogantly refers to them as "good ol' boys"). Ms. Muse's ingratitude is truly appalling. I have no sympathy for the Defendant, but I found it very smug of Ms. Muse to describe him as "your average Southern redneck". (See p. 3) But I disgress. I could address each of Ms. Muse's complaints against the prosecutors, but, lest I turn this review into a full-length book, I'll focus on the biggest one, a detailed examination of which reveals a great deal about Ms. Muse's ready willingness to distort the facts of the case. Ms. Muse doesn't mince her words. She alleges that the prosecutors "failed to address the sexual abuse during trial." (See p. 249) The sexual abuse charge pertains to the Defendant allegedly having put his hand on Ms. Muse's breast during the struggle in the car. This is a grave accusation for Ms. Muse to make. But is it true? It's not. The attentive reader (with a background in law) will discern that the judge (Robert G. Johnson) overruled the defense's motion for a directed verdict. This means that the judge, who Ms. Muse has called "brilliant", made a legal finding that the prosecutors had presented sufficient evidence for a reasonable juror to convict the Defendant of sexual abuse. Ms. Muse, however, disregards the judge's ruling and claims that the prosecutors offered no evidence of the sexual abuse charge. (See pp. 284-285) Her position is comical, for Ms. Muse herself testified about the sexual abuse charge on direct examination. (See Trial Video, Prosecution Witness Sharon Muse, 2/21/2011 at 11:48:30 -- "(H)e grabs my breast and he digs into it.") Once again, Ms. Muse is not being honest with her readers. Why didn't the jury convict the Defendant of sexual abuse? The answer is readily apparent. Ms. Muse didn't have scratch marks on her breast. The allegation of sexual abuse having been compromised, the prosecutors, nevertheless, went on to convict the Defendant of kidnapping. It was regarding as a tremendous win. Ms. Muse, though, is outraged that the Defendant was convicted only of kidnapping and she levels a bitter accusation against the assistant prosecutor. Throwing caution to the wind, she alleges that he "failed to even mention the other charges during closing arguments." (See p. 285). That is a bold claim that Ms. Muse makes on page 285. But it is nonsense, sheer and utter nonsense. Flip back to page 238 you'll see that the assistant prosecutor asked for a conviction on each respective charge -- kidnapping, sexual abuse, and resisting arrest. Ms. Muse makes the mistake of quoting the assistant prosecutor verbatim. It's quite remarkable. Within the space of 47 pages, Ms. Muse, who brags of her legal acumen, contradicts herself and makes it painfully clear that her criticism of the prosecutors is not just unfounded. It is malicious. Ms. Muse was present in the courtroom for closing arguments. If you watch the video of the proceedings you'll see that the assistant prosecutor did more than just mention the sexual abuse charge during his closing argument. He discussed it with the jury. Ms. Muse, though, has edited this part of his closing argument out of her book. (See Trial Video, Assistant Prosecutor's Closing Argument, 2/22/2011 at 2:33:50) Ms. Muse thereby attempts to keep alive the fiction that the prosecutors ignored the sexual abuse charge and that she was "betrayed" by the criminal justice system. As I said, I could address each of Ms. Muse's complaints against the prosecutors, but it would take more space than Goodreads permits. Suffice it to say that Ms. Muse appears to be a fundamentally dishonest person and her readers should not accept anything she writes at face value. While loathing the "good ol' boy" prosecutors, Ms. Muse seems to be infatuated with the judge. Describing him as "tall, dark-haired, athletically built, and compassionate", Ms. Muse spins her story in order to shield him from embarassment and to perhaps win his favor. (See p. 239) Let me explain. In 2007, the Defendant attempted to enter a "blind plea" (a guilty plea under which the judge would have complete discretion to set the penalty within the range permitted by law, 20 years to Life). The judge, unfortunately, had limited experience on the bench and he used the incorrect wording for a blind plea. As a result, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that the Life sentence set by the judge was invalid. This reversal happened in 2009. See Covington v. Commonwealth, 295 S.W.3d 814 (Ky. 2009). Thanks to the judge's blunder, the Defendant was able to withdraw his guilty plea (when the judge declined to impose what had been intended as a non-binding recommendation of 20 years) and the ensuing trial was delayed by almost four years, from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Muse is not in the least upset with the judge, and she more or less glosses over the whole matter. Can you imagine how indignant Ms. Muse would be if the prosecutors had caused a four-year delay of the trial? The judge, though, gets a complete pass. Hinting at her future plans, Ms. Muse tells her readers that the judge, who was voted out of office in 2018 and now works as an assistant prosecutor in her office, is presently single. Since Ms. Muse brings up the matter of the judge's eligibility, I think it's fair to point out that the judge was married at the time of trial and that he and his wife (who were married for 25 years and have five children) only divorced in 2019. Ms. Muse seems to overlook this part of the story. As a final note, I'd like to point out that Ms. Muse's discussion of the Defendant's knife is highly misleading. Ms. Muse asserts that the jury never saw the Defendant's knife. (See p. 199) This is technically correct, for the knife had been destroyed after the Defendant's botched guilty plea in 2007. But Muse doesn't tell you that the knife had been photographed and that the prosecutors introduced a picture of the knife into evidence. (See Commonwealth's Exhibit #11). Ms. Muse omits this very significant detail and thereby leaves her readers with the false impression that the jurors never "saw" the knife. Such are my thoughts on "Kidnapped by a Client". I could go on, but I've made point. I find this book to be an utterly deceitful mix of fact and fiction, not an "incredible true story", and I do not believe that an honest person who sat through the trial (or watched it on video) could ever give it a favorable review. I do not recommend this book, except to the extent that it unintentionally provides the reader with a great deal of insight into the duplicitous character of its author, Sharon R. Muse.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    This is a story stranger than fiction that examines not only prosecutorial mistakes but also the aftermath of a horrific crime. Attorney Sharon Muse was kidnapped, raped, and nearly murdered by her client Hank Morrison back in 2006 at a time when the #MeToo movement had yet to be formed. In this brilliantly written work she examines the legal errors, the collection of evidence disasters, the lack of empathy and compassion from all sides against victims of abuse specifically rape. The blame, the sha This is a story stranger than fiction that examines not only prosecutorial mistakes but also the aftermath of a horrific crime. Attorney Sharon Muse was kidnapped, raped, and nearly murdered by her client Hank Morrison back in 2006 at a time when the #MeToo movement had yet to be formed. In this brilliantly written work she examines the legal errors, the collection of evidence disasters, the lack of empathy and compassion from all sides against victims of abuse specifically rape. The blame, the shame, the guilt, the mistreatment in the courts, the questioning of victims as if they themselves are perpetrators including questioning of their own actions is appalling. I've lived it so I can tell you there's no greater hell than having to go to court especially family court to beg for justice. I use the word beg because you are treated less than human and more like a number on a docket in a high case loads world in which you're no more than just another victim. It sounds harsh but in reality you must prove your case beyond a reasonable doubt. You must prove you were abused beyond mere pictures, mere words, mere injuries. Even with every form of documentation you are the one on trial and the perpetrator is the one smiling off to the side. In essence you spend the rest of your life living in fear, in isolation, in contempt of a world that showed no remorse only blame. I have been living this hell since I married in 2002 and it never subsides because even if you win your case what have you won? Often these cases are no more than slaps on the wrist of the toxic individual. It's a no win once the individual is released and threatens you all over again. These domestic violence situations are often ignored by police. They are so large in number it's next to impossible to resolve them all and often the women are the ones who are found dead because even with protection from abuse orders which wasn't mentioned here it's often nothing more than a piece of paper that won't stop a bullet or an aggressor. It's a false sense of safety and many women are left dead. I'm sorry to tell you this but nothing has changed in the years I've dealt with this and I have no hope anything will change in the near future as it's a big boy network run by the most arrogant and obnoxious individuals in the highest offices in the land. All you can do is hope and pray you are not on the receiving end of such horror. Thank you to the author, the publisher, NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nemo Nemo

    Author’s Bio The authors of this monograph are Sharon R. Muse and Holly Lorincz. In order to respect the authors privacy, and out of an abundance of caution I will avoid revealing any details beyond their names. Who is the Target Audience? As a true crime book this has a broad readership appeal. Those who follow true crimes and punishment would also find this real-life account of Muse and her victimization to be revealing on a number of levels. Synopsis Kidnapped by a Client is a first person accoun Author’s Bio The authors of this monograph are Sharon R. Muse and Holly Lorincz. In order to respect the authors privacy, and out of an abundance of caution I will avoid revealing any details beyond their names. Who is the Target Audience? As a true crime book this has a broad readership appeal. Those who follow true crimes and punishment would also find this real-life account of Muse and her victimization to be revealing on a number of levels. Synopsis Kidnapped by a Client is a first person account of a horrifying tale of a true-life crime perpetrated against Sharon Muse, a Kentucky attorney at law in 2006. Sharon Muse was abducted, raped, and stalked by a psychopath. In this tome she shares a vivid stark and brutal story, detailing her highs and lows, her ups and downs in the US Judicial System. A judicial system where she struggles to overcome the inherent but necessary bias towards the rights of alleged offenders in preference to the victims of crimes. The partiality towards the perpetrator leaves the victim as a mere source of physical evidence rather than a living, breathing human being. This prejudice often leaving the victims feeling objectified and frustrated by the lack of compassion and understanding. From Muse’s kidnapping, to her experiences in court she describes the woeful treatment metered out to her by the United States Judicial System. She reveals that even to an experienced lawyer, how seemingly insurmountable some aspects of the law appear to be. Despite the trials of life that she was exposed to, Muse found great solace and strength in Jesus Christ. Muse’s story is as horrifying as it is compelling and immersive. Her odyssey leaves the reader with some disturbing truths and some alarming facts about crime and punishment in the 21st Century. Her description of panicked apprehension about being held hostage to the lack of compassion or empathy from the authorities to her plight, leaves the reader with a bitter taste. Although this crime occurred in 2006, many of the experiences described could be had by other women today. Perhaps the most galling thing about the handling of her case is the avoidable mistakes made by the police, the collectors of evidentiary materials, and the prosecution. Conclusion In conclusion; Sharon Muse was abducted, raped, and stalked. She fought her case until she won. She persevered through a combination of a thirst for justice, her determination to see her perpetrator punished, and the desire to ameliorate her trauma, guilt, and shame. Ultimately, the victim triumphs not just over the flagitious criminal but over the inept unfeeling justice system itself. In a manner of speaking, she is twice the person the perpetrator could ever wish to be. If you didn’t read the chapter: THREAT ASSESSMENT: RED FLAGS please do. If you are a vulnerable woman the wealth of information there could help you in a potentially dangerous situation. Acknowledgment My sincere thanks go to: NetGalley, and the Publisher, Skyhorse for affording me the opportunity to review of Kidnapped by a Client.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Esme

    This book seriously bogged down in the middle. I found the author to be rather hysterical and self righteous especially since she was an attorney who knows or should have known how this stuff works. The reader knows from the book summary that Morrison was convicted and won't be eligible for parole until 2026, so that undercuts any dramatic tension. Also I keep thinking, it's 20 years, a lot happens in 20 years, people get old, enfeebled, and die. Also her references to God got annoying. He allow This book seriously bogged down in the middle. I found the author to be rather hysterical and self righteous especially since she was an attorney who knows or should have known how this stuff works. The reader knows from the book summary that Morrison was convicted and won't be eligible for parole until 2026, so that undercuts any dramatic tension. Also I keep thinking, it's 20 years, a lot happens in 20 years, people get old, enfeebled, and die. Also her references to God got annoying. He allows this to happen to you, but he's there in the aftermath? Her protestations mirror Morrison's jailhouse conversion. Also in the election results at the very end of the book they misspelled "attorney." I was just irritated and ready to fling this book across the room. Had to force myself to finish it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I usually love true crime books, this one was one of the best I have read. I could feel her panic myself throughout the book. I also felt such outrage for what happened to this woman. Well written. I definitely recommend this book to anyone.

  8. 5 out of 5

    teleri llinos

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am not going to go on record and say this was one of the best true crime books written, it's not even one of my favorites, but I was interested in the story Muse was telling. The writing had a way of hooking me in, and although I put it down for a few hours at a time, I was always able to fall back in with ease. There was never a problem of remembering what happened, so I will applaud both authors on that. I will say that it felt slightly repetitive in some places, but that's to be expected whe I am not going to go on record and say this was one of the best true crime books written, it's not even one of my favorites, but I was interested in the story Muse was telling. The writing had a way of hooking me in, and although I put it down for a few hours at a time, I was always able to fall back in with ease. There was never a problem of remembering what happened, so I will applaud both authors on that. I will say that it felt slightly repetitive in some places, but that's to be expected when quoting actual documents throughout the book. So it wasn't that big of a deal. I am glad that Muse didn't give her attacker any more attention by writing his real name, as we live in a society where criminals get talked about and the victims get lost between headlines, so with each story where the killer is given a pen name and isn't living luxury off all the people wanting to talk to them in prison, the better. The only thing I, disliked?? (I wouldn't say it was a dislike, it was more of an eh, I'm not a big fan of this), about this book was the amount of God-talk, however, the author is clearly a believer in a man upstairs and if that helps with her recovery I'm not going to bash her for it. It wasn't pages upon pages so I was able to deal with it. I do find it a little odd how the book ending on the author running for some American politic campaign in 2016, but the book wasn't published until April of this year. I would have loved more of an update a few years after everything had calmed down slightly. But unfortunately, that didn't happen. We were given a small little half-assed epilogue that I felt didn't really do much for the overall feel to the end of the book. But after so much of her life being talked about in this book, maybe she wanted to hold back a bit, what do I know? I received this book from NetGalley.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leslievb

    Well, it’s easy to follow I guess... I read a lot of true crime books and this one was written in a way that I actually did enjoy. I was very caught up in the story up until a certain point, somewhere around the actual trial it became harder to enjoy. That is a challenge all crime books probably have to overcome, writing about a trial in a way that keeps the reader interested. Sometimes even if the facts are interesting they can be written about in a boring way. The story aside, I also started to Well, it’s easy to follow I guess... I read a lot of true crime books and this one was written in a way that I actually did enjoy. I was very caught up in the story up until a certain point, somewhere around the actual trial it became harder to enjoy. That is a challenge all crime books probably have to overcome, writing about a trial in a way that keeps the reader interested. Sometimes even if the facts are interesting they can be written about in a boring way. The story aside, I also started to feel like I didn't really like Ms. Muse's personality much. Maybe it was just the way the story was written but it's hard to continue a read when I start finding I don't really like the main character. As it happened I actually didn't finish the entire book, maybe one day I'll go back and finish it but, just for now, I'm done.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    I could not finish this book! I usually devour True Crime books, but this one just fell short. I started it on Monday, and decide today, I just couldn't finish it. I am not even 1/2 way through. I feel as if I'm sitting in a classroom being lectured to. It's not anywhere near the category of an Ann Rule or John Douglas book. It's told by the victim, Sharon Muse. I'm sorry for what she went through, but I just can't finish it. Maybe if she had written it differently, I could have finished it, but I could not finish this book! I usually devour True Crime books, but this one just fell short. I started it on Monday, and decide today, I just couldn't finish it. I am not even 1/2 way through. I feel as if I'm sitting in a classroom being lectured to. It's not anywhere near the category of an Ann Rule or John Douglas book. It's told by the victim, Sharon Muse. I'm sorry for what she went through, but I just can't finish it. Maybe if she had written it differently, I could have finished it, but she didn't and I have to many other books I want to read. Thanks Netgalley for the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    MeWriter

    As a huge true-crime fan I thought this book would be right up my alley. This is very different from Ann Rule or M. William Phelps. It is told by the victim of a horrendous crime. Most of the book is taken up with an education on the law and listings of filings. It was dense and at time it felt like a lecture. While I wholeheartedly empathize and support Sharon Muse, this is not what I was expecting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Venessa H

    I couldn't stand all the Jesus speak but I cannot imagine being in her shoes. I see injustices every day. It breaks my heart that repeat offenders seem to get away with more than they should. I couldn't stand all the Jesus speak but I cannot imagine being in her shoes. I see injustices every day. It breaks my heart that repeat offenders seem to get away with more than they should.

  13. 4 out of 5

    January Gray

    This was an okay True Crime book. It could use one more round of editing. The most interesting part was the injustices done to her. Not one of my favorites due to the writing style.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stan Crump

    Ms. Muse is a lawyer with experience and knowledge in the courtroom. However, she is excluded from the process as the state prosecuter and law enforcement officials make blunder after blunder in preserving evidence and building and presenting her kidnapping case. Her accused kidnapper has very carefully planned this kindapping and at times is extremely cleaver in dealing with his situations at the scene and in preparing his defense. However, he is totally unpredictable throughout the story. For Ms. Muse is a lawyer with experience and knowledge in the courtroom. However, she is excluded from the process as the state prosecuter and law enforcement officials make blunder after blunder in preserving evidence and building and presenting her kidnapping case. Her accused kidnapper has very carefully planned this kindapping and at times is extremely cleaver in dealing with his situations at the scene and in preparing his defense. However, he is totally unpredictable throughout the story. For me this book has been a riveting cliff-hanger. I'm not much of a reader and had trouble finding time in my busy schedule to read this book. However, every day I couldn't help but pick it back up and I finished it in a week. I had trouble putting this book down. I'd recommend this book to anyone that likes a good legal story or enjoys suspense. This book has both and is presented very well in a flow that keeps you coming back for more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    The book I read was title "kidnapped by a Client" it appears that this book is the same a Pursuing Justice. True story of an Attorney who was kidnapped, the client wormed his way into her car, directed her to turn here and there until he arrived at an abandoned farm house. Meanwhile, she was hit many time, had her head bashed into the steering wheel, knife held to her throat, he even used the knife to open her blouse and bra. The worst of this story is her knowledge of case evidence that she kno The book I read was title "kidnapped by a Client" it appears that this book is the same a Pursuing Justice. True story of an Attorney who was kidnapped, the client wormed his way into her car, directed her to turn here and there until he arrived at an abandoned farm house. Meanwhile, she was hit many time, had her head bashed into the steering wheel, knife held to her throat, he even used the knife to open her blouse and bra. The worst of this story is her knowledge of case evidence that she know must be taken and isn't, her fears after the event. How thankful she is to the people who helped her, and herlife later.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I’ll never forget this scene in the courtroom. The prosecutor and the defense attorney had been called up to speak to the judge, and the bailiff had stepped out of the courtroom through a side door. Sharon was sitting on the witness stand, and Hank was about 8 feet away. No one was standing in between them or paying attention that she had been left unprotected. She put her head down and cried. It seemed to summarize the whole 6-year ordeal. Sharon’s experience with an apathetic prosecutor can ha I’ll never forget this scene in the courtroom. The prosecutor and the defense attorney had been called up to speak to the judge, and the bailiff had stepped out of the courtroom through a side door. Sharon was sitting on the witness stand, and Hank was about 8 feet away. No one was standing in between them or paying attention that she had been left unprotected. She put her head down and cried. It seemed to summarize the whole 6-year ordeal. Sharon’s experience with an apathetic prosecutor can happen to anyone anywhere in America. It does happen, only most of us don’t know what’s suppose to happen next and we put our trust in the system of plea bargains and sloppy legal work. This book unfolds the story of a horrific day, but continues as an indictment of our legal system when it comes to violence against women. It’s a case study of what Sharon calls “the criminal’s justice system.” Full disclosure, I became friends with Sharon about 5 months before this attack. I cried while reading her attack, as I do every time I listen to her 911 call, and I watched what happened in the courtroom. “Jack” - if you had put as much time prosecuting the case as you have in reviewing the book and commenting on the 5-star reviews, Hank wouldn’t be up for parole in 6 years. (The prosecution didn’t get him a life sentence, his persistent felonies earned him that; but what is a life sentence when he’s eligible for parole?) It’s time for you to stop harassing 5-star reviewers. Either have the courage to put your name to your accusations and write your own book from the perspective of the prosecutor’s office or move on for your own sake. This can’t be mentally healthy for you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    MarylineD

    I love true crime and don't get to read many. This wasn't bad, but I felt disappointed. This was of course very sad and heartbreaking and insightful about what's broken in the law and justice system. But too much about religion at times... and the writing style not my favorite. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book. This is my honest review. All opinions are my own. I love true crime and don't get to read many. This wasn't bad, but I felt disappointed. This was of course very sad and heartbreaking and insightful about what's broken in the law and justice system. But too much about religion at times... and the writing style not my favorite. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book. This is my honest review. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erynn

    A frustrating read. Frustrating due to the incompetence described at the handling of a very serious case. Ms. Muse was able to bring me along with her frustrations and fear if this man were to be free. I hope Ms. Muse has been able to make the changes she wanted to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I hope, also, that, in five and a half years, she is able to retain her peace of mind and the Defendant does not make parole.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Hill

    WOW, what a fantastic book! It just just shows how easy it is for everyone to drop the ball. Sharon had to go through all of this and she knows the legal system, it’s really scary to an ordinary person such as myself. I can’t imagine putting myself in her place! Keep fighting the great fight Sharon!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Prescottl

    Fascinating factual account of a lawyer's case as the victim of an attack and her attempts to put her tormentor in prison for life. Included in the account were portions of the trial transcripts with the author's notes throughout. Fascinating factual account of a lawyer's case as the victim of an attack and her attempts to put her tormentor in prison for life. Included in the account were portions of the trial transcripts with the author's notes throughout.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This story begins as a real nail-biter, then it transitions into an exhausting, tedious uphill-battle for justice, to a triumphant end with heaving sighs of relief. A warning to the believing women out there, the believing woman in this book gets hardcore real.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erinne

    Fascinating read of a case I was unaware of, being from Australia. Great writing, really thought provoking and shows the strength of character that is within.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Frankie

    An incredibly interesting story but unfortunately Muse is not a gifted storyteller (at least in novel format)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Henry

    A very powerful book. Informative and spiritual.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark Shaner

    I picked up this book late on a Wednesday night and was done with it by mid-day on Friday. Sharon Muse has written an incredible true life story from the beginning to the end. She has illustrated for the reader how important it is to fight for your rights and to think for yourself. She has given a picture of how a relaxed legal system can miss pieces that are essential down the road. If you are looking for a true life story from someone that knows the legal system well, then you have found your I picked up this book late on a Wednesday night and was done with it by mid-day on Friday. Sharon Muse has written an incredible true life story from the beginning to the end. She has illustrated for the reader how important it is to fight for your rights and to think for yourself. She has given a picture of how a relaxed legal system can miss pieces that are essential down the road. If you are looking for a true life story from someone that knows the legal system well, then you have found your book! Well written, captivating from cover to cover. Not by normal genre of reading, but so glad I took the time to read. I read this book about a month ago and continue to think about the impact of this story which is still unfolding....

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kay Mcleer

    That was great and scary read, just thinking that you could be kidnapped is terrifying. I thought Ms. Muses writing was engaging and it kept me invested in finishing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vicky G

    This was an interesting insight to the way the Law works, how it can seem to protect the suspect at the detriment of the victim. Sharon had no idea when she defended Morrison what would follow. this is a stark and honest view on the process from her kidnapping to her day in court. It was at times hard to read and made you want to scream and shout for her. It is clear her faith helped her to get through it all and whilst there was a fair amount of religious mentions I did not think it in anyway i This was an interesting insight to the way the Law works, how it can seem to protect the suspect at the detriment of the victim. Sharon had no idea when she defended Morrison what would follow. this is a stark and honest view on the process from her kidnapping to her day in court. It was at times hard to read and made you want to scream and shout for her. It is clear her faith helped her to get through it all and whilst there was a fair amount of religious mentions I did not think it in anyway influenced the telling of the tale. Its hard to imagine how Sharon lived through all those years in fear of what could happen to her a thoroughly good read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Moncrief

    Title: Kidnapped By A Client Author: Sharon Muse On April 7, 2006, in Bourbon County 911 received a phone call about a woman who ran into the road with her shirt pulled down. Complete strangers come to a complete stop to help this woman and keep her safe until help arrives. Sharon Muse is a lawyer who was raised to help others and this upbringing placed her in a very scary situation. Larry Morrison an ex-client used Ms. Muse’s upbringing against her and now she is trying to stay calm and level hea Title: Kidnapped By A Client Author: Sharon Muse On April 7, 2006, in Bourbon County 911 received a phone call about a woman who ran into the road with her shirt pulled down. Complete strangers come to a complete stop to help this woman and keep her safe until help arrives. Sharon Muse is a lawyer who was raised to help others and this upbringing placed her in a very scary situation. Larry Morrison an ex-client used Ms. Muse’s upbringing against her and now she is trying to stay calm and level headed. I love the way Ms. Muse has the transcripts from the 911 call and how they have the trial transcripts drawn up like actual court papers. She also warns readers that if foul language offends them that they might want to skim over some paragraphs. This book really puts into perspective what a victim has to go through to get justice and how at times those that are supposed to collect evidence or work a case can drop the ball. Ms. Muse shows vulnerability, anger, fear and what life is like for a victim after the crime against him or she was committed. Normally I don’t share quotes from a book but here is one that I hit me hard. “ To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner is you. – Lewis B. Smedes. “ This book was given to me for an honest review of the book. https://www.netgalley.com/

  29. 5 out of 5

    John

    I received this book through Read Now program on Net Galley. This story is a real eye opener. It beginnings with Sharon's kidnapping and portrays the events that occurred before she was able to escape. It also goes through her trials and tribulations that she experiences while Larry is being tried. It brings out how her case was handled inadequately right from the beginning and the errors that were made by law enforcement as well as the Prosecution team. If she did not have a background in law, th I received this book through Read Now program on Net Galley. This story is a real eye opener. It beginnings with Sharon's kidnapping and portrays the events that occurred before she was able to escape. It also goes through her trials and tribulations that she experiences while Larry is being tried. It brings out how her case was handled inadequately right from the beginning and the errors that were made by law enforcement as well as the Prosecution team. If she did not have a background in law, then in all likelihood her assailant would have been freed. The shortcomings that were displayed by the Kentucky State TRrooper and the District Attorney's office make you wonder whether it is just and "old boy" clique and there is no sympathy for the victim. I was glad to see in the end that she won the election and hopefully will bring the counties that she represents into the 21st century. If you enjoy stories that encompass the legal profession, then I highly recommend that you read this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Josie Siler

    Everyone should read this book. I can’t believe how incompetently Muse’s case was handled, but I guess part of me can. We live in a crazy world where the bad guys win way too often. This true crime book had me glued to every page and thankful for the self protection classes and training I have gone through. We can all learn from Muse’s story. Be aware, don’t be afraid to be rude, and never stop advocating for yourself.

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