Lady in Peril: Men Blunder: Women Suffer: Calvin Bowden
Words, semantics, procedures and lies are just the beginning of what caused Helen Kipling’s nightmare. Trying to spend an afternoon painting she is attacked, raped and verbally abused by a sadistic rapist. Kidnapped, forced to succumb to the brutal and harsh attack of this horrific man, Helen is made to feel the culprit and not the victim. Procedures were followed to a point and the assailant did more than just attack the officers responding to her cries, but this killer/rapist found himself locked away for a while, convicted for his crimes and yet a technicality, the neglect of one of the deputy sheriffs and the arresting officer might cost Helen even more.
Helen struggled with this nightmare for over a year but was comforted by the fact that her attacker was in jail. So, why was he going to be retired? Why did he win the appeal in Federal court? Who made the mistakes as we meet Maude, a strong, competent and fearless lawyer who does not cower at the sight of Walt the prosecutor and the defense lawyer who both twist words, belittle Helen in her presence and act as if what happened was something she enjoyed and encouraged. Revenge is in the air and the defense attorney attempts to twist things in his client’s favor and no one seems concerned, except Maude for Helen’s welfare.
Living with her invalid grandfather, her protector and hoping that Max the officer in charge that saved her life the first time will once again come to her rescue, more lives are lost, a criminal escapes and the incompetence of those in charge costs more lives. Author Calvin Bowden brings to light the issue of rape and just how far the law goes to protect the guilty and demean the innocent. Why is Helen being treated as the culprit? Why did the hospital make her feel cheap, dirty and unclean? Why didn’t anyone try to comfort her? Lady in Peril: Men Blunder: Women Suffer: Powerful
Listening to the voices of the lawyers, the sheriff, the Department of Public Safety, Helen and even the killer, you begin to wonder just why this case was botched up, handled so poorly and why the Public Safety Officers allowed an injunction and the ineptness of the Sheriff and his department to cause more lives being lost. As the killer makes his presence known he taunts one, kills another and Helen learns more about the sheriff, his motives and his obscene attitude towards her. State Trooper Max Klaus was the one who save Helen’s life the first time but aging troopers are not always as alert and agile as it is alluded to. When the killer escapes, kills the two deputies and finds his way to Max’s house, the scene is so graphically described, the fear real and the energy inside the room he is trapped in electrifying. But, Helen, Wart, Newt and Papa are locked away in what they think is a safe place until Sadac, the killer decides to let readers know just who is in charge. The harshness of Wart’s words, his demeaning attitude, his actions towards Helen make the reader wonder how and why he was entrusted to protect her.
Every step of the way Helen is made to feel the culprit, the instigator and the initiator of Sadac’s advances. The man is delusional and definitely has a serious superiority complex or thinks that women will cower to his advances. With a lawyer defending his actions, making excuses for him and definitely seeing it the wrong way you begin to wonder about our justice system and whose side the judges are on when these cases come into their courtrooms.
Helen refuses to give up but in the interim she faces many obstacles from the sheriff. Stopping the search for the killer, thinking she was asking for it and trying to blackmail her into giving into his wishes, Helen will face more than her share of enemies. A reporter that belittles her. A community that does not stand by her. With her grandfather’s friends, some loyal troopers and one man named Otis, Helen begins to get her courage back to face a demon so evil, so horrific in order to settle more than just a score with this sadistic killer.
Each step of the way the police, the troopers and law enforcement seem to think they are one step ahead of this man but they are not. Lives are lost. A Sheriff’s ego at stake, disbelieve in her story and one town that would either shun her forever or finally realize the truth. Called River Girl not for good reasons, Helen faces the ridicule of many, the loathing of some and the friendship of a few. When the final stages of a plan come into play more lives are lost, a court injunction was never lifted and the help needed to save her not there. Wart Chisholm would he get what he deserved? Would anyone realize that he called off the manhunt in the presence of reporters and tried to make her sound deranged? An ending that is quite explosive and one young woman that would not give up. A Lady In Peril brings to light some many moral issues: What are the rights of the victim that was raped? Why are so many given to the rapist? Why was his lawyer allowed to verbally abuse Helen without any recourse? Why do the laws favor the guilty and not the innocent? Lady in Peril: Man Blunder: Women Suffer: After reading this novel you decide just how many wrong doings were cast by how many men and what if anything you would have done if you were that lady in peril like Helen. Based on real life experience working with Juvenile delinquent, adult criminals law enforcement officials and members of the state and federal judiciary as stated on the back cover, author Calvin Bowden reaches inside the mind of two men: a killer and a sheriff: Decide if there are any difference between the two. Dealing with hard criminals and criminal psychopaths he paints a picture of one man named Sadac whose insanity and delusional behavior mirrors that of many killers we have read about in the news.
Fran Lewis: reviewer