The Burden of Innocence highlights the value of the investigative process, particularly in the difference between freedom and life behind bars.


The Description

The Infantino Files: Book 2
Publication Date: December 5, 2021

Private investigators Ray Infantino and Tania Kong take on the case of Sam Langford, framed for a murder committed by a crime boss at the height of his powers.

But a decade later, Boston has changed. The old ethnic tribes have weakened. As the PIs range across the city, witnesses remember the past in dangerous ways. The gangsters know that, in the new Boston, vulnerable witnesses they manipulated years ago are shaky. Old bones will not stay buried forever.

As the gang sabotages the investigation, will Ray and Tania solve the case in time to save an innocent man?

The Review

Sam Langford has maintained his innocence while sitting behind bars for 15 years, but there’s no proof until his new attorney brings private investigator Ray Infantino on board. In The Burden of Innocence, author John Nardizzi delivers a crime thriller complete with dirty cops, gangs, and false testimony.

The story’s appeal lies in the author’s attention to detail. On the surface, Langford’s conviction looks solid. However, as part of Infantino’s approach, he has to breathe new life into what seems like a cold case. Through extensive interviews, he begins to develop a new theory about the case.

While many crime stories focus on solving a crime to identify a culprit, this story took a different approach. Even as the story progressed, the author provided plenty of twists to ensure that the ending wasn’t reached too early. It was also interesting that the author chose to pack 24 years’ worth of history into the second part of the book. It was essential to understand precisely what happened the night of the murder.

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About The AuthorJohn Nardizzi is writer and investigator. His work on innocence cases led to the exoneration Gary Cifizzari and James Watson, as well as million dollar settlements for clients Dennis Maher and the estate of Kenneth Waters, whose story was featured in the film Conviction.

His crime novels won praise for crackling dialogue and pithy observations of detective work. He speaks and writes about investigations in numerous settings, including World Association of Detectives, Lawyers Weekly, Pursuit Magazine and PI Magazine. Prior to his PI career, he failed to hold any restaurant job for longer than a week. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.


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Amy Wilson
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My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.



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The Burden of Innocence highlights the value of the investigative process, particularly in the difference between freedom and life behind bars.4-STAR REVIEW: THE BURDEN OF INNOCENCE by John Nardizzi