My Review: Sufficient Certainty by Stephen Woodfin

The desperate search for truth and justice in the aftermath of a small-town school shooting.

When the grandmother of a student blamed for a deadly school shooting hires attorney Etch Danielson to clear her deceased grandson’s name, Danielson and legendary Texas lawman Red Roper open an investigation into the killings.

The facts they uncover force them to conclude things are not as they appear and that responsibility for the tragedy lies on the person the community has deemed a hero.

Sufficient Certainty is a cautionary tale about the rush to judgment, an indictment of a system that turns a blind eye to sexual harassment and racism, and a reminder that justice, even if it is delayed, is the lifeblood of democracy.

Stephen Woodfin is an East Texas attorney and author of legal thrillers. Sufficient Certainty is his tenth novel. He will officially introduce Sufficient Certainty with a special book signing Saturday, March 30, at The Bookstore in Kilgore.

Stephen Woodfin

My Review:

Right off, let me say that I believe Stephen Woodfin is one of the most accomplished writers on the market today. His stories are as fresh as the news reports you read or see on television news.

He doesn’t merely write great legal thrillers.

He lives them.

And his newest work, Sufficient Certainty, rips the bandage off a wound that terrorizes our every thought as we send our children to school each day.

What if someone carrying a gun walks into a classroom?

Is it a bluff?

Is he showing off?

Is he simply trying to prove how tough he is?

Or does he have murder on his mind?

What’s his motive?

Is he angry?

Is he lonely?

Is he trying to settle an old score?

Or is he trying to become instantly famous with his name and face pasted into every newspaper and plastered across every television screen in the country?

A shot is fired.

Someone dies.

The shooter is arrested.

But is he really the shooter?

What if the shot came from someplace else?

Sufficient Certainty is a violent tale.

It is a compassionate tale.

It grips your heart and won’t let it go.

Racism raises its ugly head.

There is a rush to judgment.

But what is the truth?

Sometimes, a community is scared of the truth.

And Stephen Woodfin has the rare talent to explore the depths of an ugly truth.

He’s a lawyer.

He understands the fight for justice.

He lives in a small town.

He understands the threads of centuries-old prides and prejudices that are woven into a small town.

He has been on the school board.

He understands the agony that permeates from the fear of school violence.

Woodfin knows that truth often lies buries in facts: real, invented, or imagined.

Sufficient Certainty is not quite like any book you have ever read before.

It intrigues you.

It frightens you.

It makes you think.

What happened?

What might have happened?

What if you never know what happened?

What if you see reality and refuse to believe it?

What if you look in a mirror and see reality staring back at you.

The facts will haunt you for the rest of your life.

Please click HERE to find Sufficient Certainty on Amazon.

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  • Stephen Woodfin

    Caleb, thanks so much for the review. I am deeply humbled by it. There are a lot of issues at play in the epidemic of school violence we all want to see come to an end. As with so many things, the more we look for answers, the more the answers evade us. But we have to keep trying to find solutions that work to protect our kids and grandkids. Thanks again for the review. Stephen Woodfin

  • Bought on your recommendation. I started reading the Look Inside, and don’t want to stop.

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Alicia: Stephen does write gripping legal thrillers. His creative mind walks a different side of the street from the rest of us.

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