Book Review: The Trial of Fallen Angels by James Kimmel, Jr.

The Trial of Fallen AngelsThe Trial of Fallen Angels 
James Kimmel, Jr.
Amy Einhorn Books/G. P. Putnam’s Sons, November 2012
ISBN 978-0-399-5969-5
Hardcover

Brek Cuttler, wife, mother, high-powered lawyer, arrived one day at Shemaya Station, (no, she doesn’t know where it is, either) with a couple bullet holes in her chest and blood pouring out of her. She is met at the station by her grandmother, dead these many years.

Oddly enough, Brek doesn’t believe the blood is lethal. Even seeing her grandmother doesn’t seem all that strange. She can’t be dead because she’s aware of everything going on. She’s more worried about picking her baby daughter up from daycare, cooking dinner, and getting the stains out of her favorite black silk suit, than anything else.

It turns out that Brek is in limbo. Time is either stuck or is passing too swiftly. She can’t seem to move on. But those in higher power have a job for her. Using her legal training, she is assigned to an elite team whose mission is to either prosecute or defend souls at their final judgement. Her client is a surprise–no–a shock. How she handles what she learns in this court will also determine her final disposition.

I found the story a little hard to keep track of as it moves rather slowly, thoroughly exploring every nuance before moving on. A bit swifter pace would’ve carried the reader forward without getting bogged down. Although the blurb sounds as if the story might be a paranormal mystery, and it does have some of these elements, I found it an exploration of the human spirit. This said, the subject matter is fascinating, the writing erudite, the finish of the book well done.

Reviewed by Carol Crigger, June 2013.
Author of Three Seconds to Thunder.