BLEEDOUT, by Joan Brady

A fabulous 5+! If only other writers would read Brady and follow her examples: subtle actions; dialogue that fits each character like a well-worn but polished pair of shoes; believable and meticulously researched characters and situations; a plot that unwinds and unwinds and then unwinds some more until you're almost panting...this woman is good. Brady's depictions of prison life will horrify you, particularly solitary confinement and medication practices. Her descriptions of blindness will do likewise, and the story itself - of a man imprisoned for life for crimes he may not have committed - will keep you hooked until the very last page, and talking about it for days after. Rough, tough, compelling. A5! A5!! A 5+!!!