Franky Dast

Created by Michael Wiley

Sure, there’ve been other private eyes who’ve served time, but Jacksonville, Florida’s FRANKY DAST might be the first to have spent time on death row.

After serving three years waiting to be executed, and previously “five more in Supermax” Franky is a free man, more or less, sprung on one of those pesky legal technicalities conservatives are always gowling about — namely, that he didn’t commit the murder they charged him with.

So what’s a bookish twenty-six year old who’s been in prison since he was eighteen to do?

Apparently it’s to rent a cheap motel room and go to work for the Justice Now Initiative, the folks who helped him get out of jail, and maybe, just maybem help out some people who are caught up in the same sort of jam he was. But Franky wasn’t expecting one of his cases to involve Bill Higby, the cop whose testimony sent him up the river and is now charged with murder himself.

The author, Michael Wiley, is a University of North Florida professor specializing in 18th and early 19th century British literature, and is also the creator of Shamus fave Joe Kozmarski. He lives in Jacksonville.

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