Oscar Toll has been convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Only one thing stands
between him and San Quentin Prison’s gas chamber: San Francisco attorney Eric Lawson.
Despite many obstacles—a key witness is killed, Oscar’s family won’t talk—Eric manages
to turn tiny shreds of evidence into a startling new narrative of Oscar’s life. But
Eric’s professional success isn’t matched in his personal life: his marriage to his
wife Pilar is in trouble.
Charles Bush is a former attorney who specialized in criminal defense, death penalty
appeals, and civil rights litigation. What Went Wrong With Oscar Toll? is not an
actual case, but rather an imaginary one based on Charles’ years of first-hand experience
in the secretive world of death penalty defense. Charles is mining another part
of his legal career by writing a novel, tentatively titled Houseboat Wars, about
a young lawyer enlisted to help a colorful but illegal San Francisco Bay houseboat
community threatened with eviction. It’s a lot of fun for the young attorney until
. . . there’s a murder.
Charles is also interested in Asian culture, has visited many Asian countries, and
has completed a modern novel loosely based on the Chinese classic Dream of the Red
Chamber. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri; educated at Harvard College and the
University of Chicago Law School; and currently lives in San Francisco with his husband
in an 1877 Victorian they’ve renovated.
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When Went Wrong with Oscar Toll. A novel by Charles Bush.