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A new political thriller from the author of bestselling novel The Essay.  Lester Yates is the notorious Egypt Valley Strangler, one of the country’s most prolific serial killers. Or, is he? Yates is two months from his date with the executioner when Ohio Attorney General Hutch Van Buren is presented with evidence that could exonerate him. But Yates is a political pawn, and A new political thriller from the author of bestselling novel The Essay.  Lester Yates is the notorious Egypt Valley Strangler, one of the country’s most prolific serial killers. Or, is he? Yates is two months from his date with the executioner when Ohio Attorney General Hutch Van Buren is presented with evidence that could exonerate him. But Yates is a political pawn, and forces exist that don’t want him exonerated, regardless of the evidence. To do so could derail presidential aspirations and change the national political landscape. Yates’ execution will clear a wide political path for many influential people, including Van Buren, who must battle both the clock and a political machine of which he is a part.   Robin Yocum has been compared with E. Annie Proulx for his authenticity of place, and Elmore Leonard for his well-laid plots and perfect pacing. Arcade is thrilled to publish The Sacrifice of Lester Yates, which is Yocum at his best: suspenseful, political, and smart.     


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A new political thriller from the author of bestselling novel The Essay.  Lester Yates is the notorious Egypt Valley Strangler, one of the country’s most prolific serial killers. Or, is he? Yates is two months from his date with the executioner when Ohio Attorney General Hutch Van Buren is presented with evidence that could exonerate him. But Yates is a political pawn, and A new political thriller from the author of bestselling novel The Essay.  Lester Yates is the notorious Egypt Valley Strangler, one of the country’s most prolific serial killers. Or, is he? Yates is two months from his date with the executioner when Ohio Attorney General Hutch Van Buren is presented with evidence that could exonerate him. But Yates is a political pawn, and forces exist that don’t want him exonerated, regardless of the evidence. To do so could derail presidential aspirations and change the national political landscape. Yates’ execution will clear a wide political path for many influential people, including Van Buren, who must battle both the clock and a political machine of which he is a part.   Robin Yocum has been compared with E. Annie Proulx for his authenticity of place, and Elmore Leonard for his well-laid plots and perfect pacing. Arcade is thrilled to publish The Sacrifice of Lester Yates, which is Yocum at his best: suspenseful, political, and smart.     

53 review for The Sacrifice of Lester Yates

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    “You Can’t Make a Silk Purse From a Sow’s Ear”. My favorite quote from the book. My Grandmother and mother used to say this and I’ve followed in their wake. I was elated to see this saying revived but I don’t want to give away what it pertains to. I love conspiracy theories! My reading enjoyment was likely assured prompting me to request this. I’m so happy I did because I loved it from the first pages. Lester Yates is a walking dead man. Through faulty logistics or a deliberate frame up, he’s sched “You Can’t Make a Silk Purse From a Sow’s Ear”. My favorite quote from the book. My Grandmother and mother used to say this and I’ve followed in their wake. I was elated to see this saying revived but I don’t want to give away what it pertains to. I love conspiracy theories! My reading enjoyment was likely assured prompting me to request this. I’m so happy I did because I loved it from the first pages. Lester Yates is a walking dead man. Through faulty logistics or a deliberate frame up, he’s scheduled for execution in less than eight weeks with no hope. Those in lofty government positions have much to gain if the serial murder cases are wrapped before election time. He’s going down… State Attorney General Hutch Van Buren begins investigating the “solved” murders attempting to quell a suspicion that an innocent man is going to die. How could a person with such a slight stature have the physical strength to strangle so many women? Not to mention that he wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed... Our main character is flawed with redeeming qualities and I found myself hoping for his success and while I’m not a political aficionado, I loved the descriptions of various job titles and duties. The prose was easy to read and I raced through it but now wish I hadn’t finished so soon. Thank you to Edelweiss, the author and the publisher for my advance readers’ copy!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Col

    Synopsis/blurb... A new political thriller from the author of bestselling novel The Essay. Lester Yates is the notorious Egypt Valley Strangler, one of the country’s most prolific serial killers. Or, is he? Yates is two months from his date with the executioner when Ohio Attorney General Hutch Van Buren is presented with evidence that could exonerate him. But Yates is a political pawn, and forces exist that don’t want him exonerated, regardless of the evidence. To do so could derail presidential Synopsis/blurb... A new political thriller from the author of bestselling novel The Essay. Lester Yates is the notorious Egypt Valley Strangler, one of the country’s most prolific serial killers. Or, is he? Yates is two months from his date with the executioner when Ohio Attorney General Hutch Van Buren is presented with evidence that could exonerate him. But Yates is a political pawn, and forces exist that don’t want him exonerated, regardless of the evidence. To do so could derail presidential aspirations and change the national political landscape. Yates’ execution will clear a wide political path for many influential people, including Van Buren, who must battle both the clock and a political machine of which he is a part. Robin Yocum has been compared with E. Annie Proulx for his authenticity of place, and Elmore Leonard for his well-laid plots and perfect pacing. Arcade is thrilled to publish The Sacrifice of Lester Yates, which is Yocum at his best: suspenseful, political, and smart. ----- My take.... Third time for me with Robin Yocum and his latest book, The Sacrifice of Lester Yates. The previous two of his were 5* STAR bangers in my opinion. This one while really good was a tad below the level of those earlier reads. Why? I don't know, maybe because I kind of guessed where it was going at around the halfway point. A death row inmate, a ticking clock and a sense that an innocent man is getting railroaded. I really enjoyed the book. I could buy into the plot, though it wasn't quite as subtle as previous Yocum books. The main character, Hutch Van Buren is likable, not lovable. With the countdown to the impending execution date of Lester Yates, there's an urgency to the narrative, though it doesn't have the breakneck pace of a thriller. Instead we have a driven investigation into the murder for which death row inmate, Yates was convicted and a concentrated effort looking at the murder of another of the Egypt Valley Strangler victims. I liked the cold case nature of events..... the assembling of a trusted team, with interns and a lead investigator, the division of duties, the re-visiting of police reports and the digging for old surveillance tapes and credit card receipts, hunting down old press reports on the Strangler's victims, the re-interviewing of old witnesses and the distressing opening up of old wounds for still grieving families, all against a back-drop of political interference, masquerading as concern and a tight deadline. Politics, corruption, control, career ambition, enablers, rivalries, infidelity, loyalty, popularity, a sense of omnipotence and superiority, set against a man with a nagging conscience in a dogged pursuit of truth and justice. Overall - tremendously satisfying. 4.5 from 5 A Welcome Murder and A Brilliant Death have been enjoyed before. I've a few more from Robin Yocum to look forward to. Read - February, 2021 Published - 2021 (in April) Page count - 336 Source - review copy from Edelweiss - Above the Treeline site Format - Kindle http://col2910.blogspot.com/2021/02/r...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike Musings Book Reviews

    Hutchinson Van Burlen is Ohio’s elected State Prosecutor and future potential Attorney General, if he can stick to the politics and play his role. A prison guard brings him a case to review of a potential innocent death row inmate. So begins an investigation that is going to upset his political benefactor and jeopardise his career advancement. Initially, what seems a true crime tale, turns into a combination murder mystery and legal thriller of the highest order. The Sacrifice of Lester Yates by Hutchinson Van Burlen is Ohio’s elected State Prosecutor and future potential Attorney General, if he can stick to the politics and play his role. A prison guard brings him a case to review of a potential innocent death row inmate. So begins an investigation that is going to upset his political benefactor and jeopardise his career advancement. Initially, what seems a true crime tale, turns into a combination murder mystery and legal thriller of the highest order. The Sacrifice of Lester Yates by Robin Yocum is a fast pacing death row countdown with many an unexpected turn. A captivating tale and engrossing legal thriller with a five-star must-read rating. With thanks to NetGalley and the author for a preview copy for review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are freely given and totally my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    From beginning to end The Sacrifice of Lester Yates captivated me. Robin Yocum, a new-to-me author, can seriously write. His descriptions and knowledge of the grittier side of Ohio and midwestern politics are so spot on, it truly is impeccable writing. Labeled as a "legal thriller," I thought it was more of political suspense. It's a story told well, not an edge of your seat thrill ride. What was most interesting for me is that the book is told from a Republican politicians viewpoint something I From beginning to end The Sacrifice of Lester Yates captivated me. Robin Yocum, a new-to-me author, can seriously write. His descriptions and knowledge of the grittier side of Ohio and midwestern politics are so spot on, it truly is impeccable writing. Labeled as a "legal thriller," I thought it was more of political suspense. It's a story told well, not an edge of your seat thrill ride. What was most interesting for me is that the book is told from a Republican politicians viewpoint something I tend to avoid. However, here was a pro-death penalty guy working like crazy to get an innocent man off of death row. He also does a great job of showing the nasty underbelly of party politics which we see so much today in the US. I loved the book and highly recommend it. I'll be reading the prequel now and am happy to have found another great midwestern author to follow.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim Thomsen

    Grit-lit meets high-stakes legal/political thriller in this momentum-laden but formulaic outing from Robin Yocum, whose crime novels about the changing culture of the Ohio River Valley are among my all-time favorites. Here, Yocum stretches himself out, presumably into John Grisham territory in a bid for a deserved wider audience, and it's a fun, zippy, well-plotted read despite the fact that you know exactly where it's going. Hutch Van Buren, Ohio's elected attorney general, has his eyes on the Grit-lit meets high-stakes legal/political thriller in this momentum-laden but formulaic outing from Robin Yocum, whose crime novels about the changing culture of the Ohio River Valley are among my all-time favorites. Here, Yocum stretches himself out, presumably into John Grisham territory in a bid for a deserved wider audience, and it's a fun, zippy, well-plotted read despite the fact that you know exactly where it's going. Hutch Van Buren, Ohio's elected attorney general, has his eyes on the national office — and knows his fate is hitched to that of Big Jim Wilinksi, the state's charismatic Republican governor. But when he starts reviewing the case of a dim bulb of a man up for execution as a serial killer, Hutch finds that the more he learns, the more Lester Yates may be innocent — and that the cover-up that led to Yates' conviction appears to lead back to the governor's shadowy fixers — and, maybe, the governor himself. It cannot be said that Yocum didn't accomplish exactly what he set out to do, and do it with an unimpeachable sense of authenticity of place like the career journalist he is. I was emotionally caught up in Hutch's race against the ticking clock. Yocum is a rare talent, and even formulaic Yocum is a Yocum worth celebrating. (Thanks to NetGalley for an advance electronic copy of THE SACRIFICE OF LESTER YATES.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mysticpt

    Another very good read from now one of my favourite authors Robin Yocum. I was very pleased to see his new release was available on netgalley and quickly scooped it up. We are reunited with main character Hutch from a previous novel the very very good Forgotten Sons. Hutch is now the attorney general for Ohio and is presented with evidence that a man believed guilty of the murder of several young women may possibly be innocent. The book takes on kind of a John Grisham formula but it's done very Another very good read from now one of my favourite authors Robin Yocum. I was very pleased to see his new release was available on netgalley and quickly scooped it up. We are reunited with main character Hutch from a previous novel the very very good Forgotten Sons. Hutch is now the attorney general for Ohio and is presented with evidence that a man believed guilty of the murder of several young women may possibly be innocent. The book takes on kind of a John Grisham formula but it's done very well and though you may know where the story will end up there are still a few twists that I did not see coming. The pages flew by in this one and not quite as good as Forgotten Sons, but I'll round it up to 5 stars and thank netgalley for the chance to review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Davis

    I started this book at around 8pm last night. It’s now 3am and I just finished because I absolutely could not stop reading it. What a fabulous book. A marvelous whodunnit. I would read it again just to get more of the main character’s secretary, Margaret. To say nothing of intern Denise.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen Schwarzwalder

    Hold your breath! You are in for a great ride with this book! Robin Yocum’s books have so much to offer. In this case, he once again revisits Southern Ohio, giving a realistic picture of the environment and the lives of people who live there. The people run the gamut from good to bad. But, there is always a sense of decency about those who finally prevail. The Sacrifice of Lester Yates commands interest immediately and builds in intensity until I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The end is a Hold your breath! You are in for a great ride with this book! Robin Yocum’s books have so much to offer. In this case, he once again revisits Southern Ohio, giving a realistic picture of the environment and the lives of people who live there. The people run the gamut from good to bad. But, there is always a sense of decency about those who finally prevail. The Sacrifice of Lester Yates commands interest immediately and builds in intensity until I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The end is a surprise, but all the ground work had been laid, and it all made sense. A plus for people familiar with Columbus, Ohio: much of the book takes place in Columbus, so some of the characters may seem vaguely familiar, and the author uses actual street names and locations.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dave Ferguson

    A fabulous read. A page-turner from page one. Robin introduces and then develops wonderful characters all of whom play important roles in a well thought out plot. It is entertaining and spell binding; fast paced and full of surprises. His writing is clear and economical, something I value from my years of writing for newspapers. Great fun, Robin! What’s next - and when???? Dave Ferguson

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Forester

    One of my favorite authors, never disappoints.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Moscowitz

    For the full review, please visit my blog: https://reviewthickandthin.com/2021/0... The book is fast-paced and intriguing. The plot is well-laid, the characters are interesting, and as for what happens to Lester Yates has me hooked till the last word. Yocum takes you on a journey filled with strong and powerful characters, including Van Buren, his secretary- Margaret Benning, and Liberatore. The story has well-developed characters, and they all have their backstories and strengths and weaknesses For the full review, please visit my blog: https://reviewthickandthin.com/2021/0... The book is fast-paced and intriguing. The plot is well-laid, the characters are interesting, and as for what happens to Lester Yates has me hooked till the last word. Yocum takes you on a journey filled with strong and powerful characters, including Van Buren, his secretary- Margaret Benning, and Liberatore. The story has well-developed characters, and they all have their backstories and strengths and weaknesses that impact the storyline. Even though the book is a political thriller, there is more to it than just politics, politicians, and prison. The book does include humor and shows its characters in a softer light as well. While the conclusion is not suspenseful, it is the journey to get to it that is exhilarating. This book has kept me awake at night, and I have read till I ended up drooling on my kindle. I truly enjoyed the book and give it 5/5 stars. I haven't checked for the correctness of the political terminologies or processes used, and hence, it does not impact my rating. For readers who have loved the work of Elmore Leonard and E. Annie Proulx, this should be your next read. Thanks, NetGalley, and Skyhorse Publishing, for the DRC.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Lester Yates is on death row for the murders of young women but now, as his execution date nears, Hutch Van Buren realizes something isn't right. As Attorney General of Ohio, he's been at the side of the Governor Big Jim Wilinski and hopes to ride his coat tails to higher political office. Turns out, however, things aren't so cut and dried. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. The problems with the case and the answers Hutch find might not be so surprising but fans of the thriller than blends law an Lester Yates is on death row for the murders of young women but now, as his execution date nears, Hutch Van Buren realizes something isn't right. As Attorney General of Ohio, he's been at the side of the Governor Big Jim Wilinski and hopes to ride his coat tails to higher political office. Turns out, however, things aren't so cut and dried. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. The problems with the case and the answers Hutch find might not be so surprising but fans of the thriller than blends law and political conspiracy might give this one a try for the well crafted characters.

  13. 5 out of 5

    April Taylor

    Sacrifice of Lester Yates was quite different from the books I usually read because it was told completely from the POV of a Republican. The differences were stark at times, including unnecessary violence from the main character. He also supports the death penalty, covered up a murder when he was younger, eats a meat lovers sandwich, and doesn’t seem to trust most Democrats. Despite these character flaws, he also loves animals and wants to do right by the titular character. Of course, when he be Sacrifice of Lester Yates was quite different from the books I usually read because it was told completely from the POV of a Republican. The differences were stark at times, including unnecessary violence from the main character. He also supports the death penalty, covered up a murder when he was younger, eats a meat lovers sandwich, and doesn’t seem to trust most Democrats. Despite these character flaws, he also loves animals and wants to do right by the titular character. Of course, when he begins investigating the Yates case, he’s initially interested in saving the Governor of Ohio’s political ambitions. And his own, too. He wasn’t even trying to get Yates out of prison. He simply wanted a stay of execution and a possible switch to life in prison without parole. Surprisingly, even with characters purposely killing squirrels and so many other moments that made it feel like I was in an alternate reality, I did enjoy the story. There were a few flaws in the author’s storytelling, though. For instance, you’d never have a grand jury seated, hear the case, make a judgment, and issue indictments all in the same morning. And this definitely wouldn’t happen with less than 24 hours notice to pull it all together. All in all, it was a mostly enjoyable - if weird - adventure. On a side note, I don’t feel like the cover is the right choice at all for this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Montague

    I read this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I should preface this by saying this is not typically the type of book I read, although I was able to read it quite quickly and it kept my attention. The story itself wasn’t bad, but I was not a fan of the writing. Some of the names were so unusual and unique that it was distracting from the actual reading. There were also a lot of descriptions in the book that presented as cliche but were no cliche I was familiar with. These s I read this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I should preface this by saying this is not typically the type of book I read, although I was able to read it quite quickly and it kept my attention. The story itself wasn’t bad, but I was not a fan of the writing. Some of the names were so unusual and unique that it was distracting from the actual reading. There were also a lot of descriptions in the book that presented as cliche but were no cliche I was familiar with. These sections just came across as odd. The timeline is not believable for the events if anyone is familiar with the legal system at all. Also, the fact that the main character is able to get away with some of his behavior towards other members of the law is pretty unrealistic. The fact that he hits a civilian is believable, because well, “law enforcement.” If you like a good crime mystery this would probably be enjoyable. Like I said, just not my thing. As others have pointed out as well, the cover does not fit the book at all. I was thinking it was going to have more of a thriller spin.

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