After learning about the suicide deaths of two 9-year-old Alabama girls, award-winning author Pamela Samuels Young decided to take on this rising epidemic in the new legal thriller, Failure to Protect. “We need to end the silence shrouding suicide,” Young said. “By writing a legal thriller that both entertains and educates, it’s my hope to help do that.”
Young, who is an attorney and anti-trafficking advocate, released Failure to Protect in October 2019.
Here’s the synopsis:
What Really Goes on Behind School Doors?
When the classroom is no longer a safe space for her child, a grieving mother is determined to seek justice for her bullied daughter. Enter hard-charging attorneys Angela Evans and Jenny Ungerman. From the start, the two lawyers face more than an uphill battle.
An ambitious school principal is far more concerned about protecting her career than getting to the truth. She flat out denies any knowledge of the bullying and prefers to sweep everything under the rug. But just how low will she go?
As the battle enters the courtroom, the attorneys fight hard to expose the truth. But will a massive coverup hinder their quest for justice?
For fifteen years, Young served as managing counsel for Toyota in Southern California, specializing in labor and employment law. While still practicing law, she began moonlighting as a mystery writer because of her desire to see women and people of color depicted in legal thrillers.
Young has penned 14 books over a span of a 20-year writing career. Her work has netted numerous awards including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction for her thriller Anybody’s Daughter, a gripping tale of a teen unwittingly drawn into the world of child sex trafficking via a Facebook scam. Her novel, Abuse of Discretion, tackles a troubling teen sexting case that gives readers a shocking look inside the juvenile justice system. Other novels by Young include Every Reasonable Doubt, In Firm Pursuit, Murder on the Down Low, Buying Time, Attorney-Client Privilege, and Lawful Deception. Her non-fiction work includes Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide, a book dedicated to empowering women to discover the true beauty of their kinky coils.
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