Innocence of Guilt - James Berry

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5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm) 
Black & White on White paper
322 pages
Lighthouse Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1935079828 
ISBN-10: 1935079824 
BISAC: Fiction / Christian / Suspense

Does innocence outweigh guilt when one violates the law if doing so benefits the greater moral good? This is put to the test when Jake, a young 
successful civil engineer, completes his project in a West African diamond-laden country and opens his luggage in London and finds that it is not his and that it contains smuggled contraband diamonds. He knows immediately that a Middle East diamond smuggling operation has gone awry 
with him ending up with the illicit goods, and that the violent cartel’s interest will be in retrieving their lost cache. The country of Sierra Leone, known for its diamonds and nefarious smuggling operations, is also a land where his late venerated grandfather served as a mission doctor. The 
gravity of possessing illicit contraband forces Jake to wrestle with his conscience over the moral dilemma of surrendering the diamonds to corrupt 
authorities or violate English law by returning them to the country of origin in the form of a hospital. The weight of innocence in using the 
diamonds for the hospital project becomes greater than the guilt of breaking the law. When he chooses to keep the diamonds for the greater good, events unfold that change his life forever: the meeting of two beautiful women in London who come to his aid and staying one-step ahead of the smugglers and the law. 
After several violent attempts by the smugglers to retrieve the diamonds, he seeks advice and help from a beautiful Nefertiti-looking Sierra Leonean 
barrister practicing in London, whose late mother is English. Jake is a prodigal, the barrister a saint. The unreachable saintly barrister becomes the challenge for Jake, both emotionally and professionally. 
To market the smuggled rough diamonds, Jake joins forces with an enchanting Nordic beauty, a prodigal like himself, whose experience is extensive in the diamond industry. Of the two women, one makes him millions for the hospital 
project in Africa with the rough, uncut diamonds, the other leads him back to the faith he rejected as a youth.