""Written entirely in the first person the prose is delicate, direct and manipulative at times ..." "
Michael O'Connor is a career criminal who has spent years honing his burglary skills. He has become so skilled at his craft he can enter your home, watching and waiting until you fall asleep. His fence for credit cards turns him in to protect his own skin and Michael is plunged into the justice system. However, changes are afoot and before long the Supreme Court rules that incarceration is no longer the way to deal with criminals and releases 2 million prisoners onto Americas streets.
Crime soars and honest law-abiding citizens have to barricade themselves into their homes for their own safety. The new system isn't working either until Wendell Cummings proposes the idea of re-education. His methods are brutal, inhumane and violate virtually every right of the prisoner. The public are in favour of the new scheme as criminals now have something far more terrifying than jail to fear and crime levels drop to almost unprecedented lows.
O'Connor was comatose when all the changes went through and he is the last felon to be released into the re-education program. The story starts with him standing in front of a one way mirror telling his tale to unseen jurors who have a red and a green button to press. The green button will release him and the red button will seal his fate…