The Curse of Sacerdozio

A Tale of Judicial Conspiracy

Fiction - Mystery - Legal
284 Pages
Reviewed on 04/06/2017
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Author Biography

I was born in Big Spring, Texas and raised in Midland. In 1962, while attending Baylor, I ran for State Representative from Midland at the age of 21. I lost that election in a runoff by 42 votes. Deciding politics was not for me, I graduated Baylor with a BA and moved on to the University of Texas law school. There, I won the Moot Court competition arguing before the Supreme Court of Texas sitting en banc. After acquiring my JD, I spent forty years in trial law and international business and banking.

Today, I live in Midland with my wife Jane Hellinghausen and two rottweilers.

I enjoy writing and working with the Permian Basin Bookies.

Author of: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a tale of people, gred, envy, manipulation -- even crime. The Colonel George Trofimoff Story, the tale of America's highest ranking military officer convicted of spying. The Prison Experience, The Prison People. (all at Amazon).

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Glen Aaron’s The Curse of Sacerdozio is a page-turner, a compelling story that has a bit of suspense and thriller. Jicarilla Apache Tommy Jon is discovered very early to have a special gift for retaining large amounts of data, and this wins him a place at Harvard. After graduation from Harvard Law School, he works as the clerk for the Supreme Court Justice Anton Sacerdozio. But when Sacerdozio dies in mysterious circumstances, Tommy Jon is arrested and charged with murder. His arrest is just the beginning of an investigation and a defense that will rock the courtroom and readers. In a corrupt system where greed and conspiracy are rank and rife, can Tommy Jon be proven innocent, or is he really guilty?

This was a thrilling read and I loved every page of it. The story begins in the first person narrative, but goes through a shift to the third person very fast and the voice stays unique, powerful, and absorbing. Glen Aaron has a great gift for plot and character development and readers will certainly fall for the protagonist. One has the feeling that the author knows his way around the courts and the legal system, or he put in a great deal of work researching. I found the courtroom arguments very interesting and entertaining. The plot is fast-paced and each chapter is designed to fire up the reader’s curiosity and thirst for more. The themes — corruption, love and marriage, murder and investigation, power and intrigue — are so beautifully woven into the plot that it becomes something of a masterpiece. The Curse of Sacerdozio: A Tale of Judicial Conspiracy rings through with originality, a story that will have readers gripped from beginning to end.

Lex Allen

In The Curse of Sacerdozio by Glen Aaron, Tommy Jon, the first Jicarilla Apache to graduate Harvard Law School and win a highly desired clerkship to Supreme Court Justice Anton Sacerdozio’s chambers, struggles to overcome systemic racial and religious bigotry and is ultimately charged with the judge’s murder. But the story is more than a well-written crime/courtroom drama. As the story unfolds, Mr. Aaron reveals several underlying facets and conspiracies that have corrupted the American judicial and legislative systems for many years.

Aaron’s knowledge of law and courtroom tactics is equaled by his understanding and compassion for the history, customs and plight of Native Americans. Every character, whether a lead or bit player, is true to life and guaranteed to capture a connection and emotional response from the reader. The Curse of Sacerdozio is not a fast-paced thriller, yet the intricate plot lines and continual revelations of the story make it a page turner. I was hard pressed to put the book down to eat or sleep. There is much truth revealed in the fiction of this tale. While as entertaining as fiction can be, The Curse of Sacerdozio is also a thought provoking and often eye-opening look into the depths of the American justice and legislative systems. While most people recognize problems within these systems, the source of these issues and the lengths that some “secret” organizations and individuals will go to achieve their devious goals will surprise many. I recommend The Curse of Sacerdozio to all fans of crime/courtroom drama, but also to conspiracy theorists and those who support Native Americans in their ongoing struggle against the imperialistic nature of the United States government.

Arya Fomonyuy

In The Curse of Sacerdozio by Glen Aaron, readers are introduced to the story of Jicarilla Apache Tommy Jon, a boy who is “gifted with the ability to retain large amounts of data and to replicate that data in a logical manner.” He is one of the rare cases of the boys from his tribe to make it through Harvard. Having graduated from Harvard Law School, he has an enviable job working as clerk to the Supreme Court Justice, but things change dramatically when he gets arrested for the murder of the Supreme Court Justice Anton Sacerdozio. Readers are taken on an entertaining ride that involves courtroom drama as they watch with bated breath for justice to be done.

This is a great story with great themes, involving corruption and intrigue at the judicial level, deceit, and greed. It is one of those stories that powerfully showcases the level to which human nature can fall when it is corrupted. The Curse of Sacerdozio combines elements of a thriller with courtroom drama to bring huge entertainment to readers. The author starts by creating a character that readers get attached to and then puts a cross on his neck, and now readers' nerves are rattled as they want to know what will happen to the protagonist. This story has a powerful and compelling narrative voice; it comes across clearly. The writing is simple and it is laced with great dialogues and descriptions. Glen Aaron won my heart as a master entertainer and a writer who knows just how to get readers interested in his voice throughout the narrative.

Christian Sia

The Curse of Sacerdozio: A Tale of Judicial Conspiracy by Glen Aaron is a mystery that involves twisting the law, political intrigue, murder, greed, and the FBI. A powerful Supreme Court Justice, Anton Sacerdozio, is found dead on the Rio Grande, in a retreat ranch. The FBI is convinced that his clerk, Tommy Jon, is responsible for the death of this man, so he is arrested and charged with the murder. But what if they got the wrong person? Readers will witness a compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining courtroom drama that will unveil the level of corruption that has eaten into the very fabric of the judicial system.

Glen Aaron’s writing is bold and very relevant, raising questions around issues that the current US institutions are facing, including greed and the insatiable thirst for power and control. Readers are introduced to an unlikely protagonist, Jicarilla Apache Tommy Jon, a prodigy who suffers gravely because of the injustices orchestrated in high places. The plot is beautifully laid out and the execution is excellent. The Curse of Sacerdozio: A Tale of Judicial Conspiracy features very beautiful prose, and compelling characters like the experienced lawyer Jonathan Boudreau who dominates the courtroom, investigator Jacob Stern, Tim Bulgari, Tommy Jon and many others. The dialogues are also beautifully written and they read very naturally. This book will speak powerfully to readers who are keen on the current political situation in the US. It is a story that is as entertaining as it is prophetic.

Jack Magnus

The Curse of Sacerdozio: A Tale of Judicial Conspiracy is a legal thriller written by Glen Aaron. Tommy Jon had attracted the attention of educators when he was a small boy living on the Jicarilla Reservation. The young Jicarilla Apache was able to remember and process nearly everything he was taught, and a special curriculum was devised for him by the Santa Fe Indian Schools and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Catholic Schools. He went on to study at Harvard on scholarship where he matriculated a year early and then he went on to Harvard Law School. After finishing his law degree, he became one of three law clerks for Supreme Court Justice Anton Sacerdozio. Known for his ebullient brand of Catholicism and rigid adherence to his Original Intent Theory and the historical Doctrine of Discovery, Tommy and his fellow student and best friend, Catherine, another scholarship student at Harvard, were selected because of the Catholic background they shared with the judge, but they soon found themselves at odds with Sacerdozio’s political activism, especially Tommy. Tommy hadn’t really thought of himself as being of a political persuasion before his clerkship, while Catherine had majored in political science as an undergraduate, but they both found themselves increasingly on the defensive during the Judge’s mandatory weekly clerk roundup meetings. At these meetings, their research assignments would be vetted and subjected to rigorous debate by the Judge, who particularly delighted, it seemed, in attacking his Native American clerk on his stands on the Doctrine of Discovery and analysis of pending Native American claims. When Catherine is discovered to be pregnant by Tommy, and she defies the Judge’s order to get married and bring the child to term, she’s banned from chambers, and Tommy is assigned double assignments for the remainder of the year. They were also promised bad performance evaluations at year’s end for their intransigence, which would harm their chances at employment in future, but, oddly enough, they were still invited to the Judge’s annual retreat at the Indian Hot Springs Ranch, which was owned by a major fossil fuel baron. When the Judge was found floating in one of the resort’s natural pools, Tommy was accused of murdering him based on the testimony of the Judge’s third clerk. Sheriff Robert Cantu and his long-time friend, Jacob Stern, a civil case investigator, had been on their way for their annual hunting and camping vacation, when the Hudspeth County sheriff received word of the judge’s death from Terry Smith, the Ranch’s manager and host. While a change from their anticipated time together, the two decided to investigate the death as a team.

Glen Aaron’s legal mystery novel, The Curse of Sacerdozio: A Tale of Judicial Conspiracy, is a thought-provoking and quite timely look at the corrosion an activist judiciary poses to the separation of powers, as well as being one of the most compelling legal thrillers I’ve read in some time. Anyone who grew up reading the books and watching the television series as Earle Stanley Gardner’s cunning attorney, Perry Mason, aided by his secretary, Della Street, and investigator, Paul Drake, perform an intricate ballet of investigation and legal mastery to defend the wrongfully accused, will marvel at the story presented in this book. Aaron’s look at the historical processes behind the obscenity known as the Doctrine of Discovery and how it has been used to justify incursions into Native American lands, assets and sacred areas is troubling to say the least, and I was thrilled to see it presented in such an accessible way. You don’t have to be an historian or political scholar to get the gist of the author’s message and his use of a name quite close to that of recently departed Anton Scalia is not accidental. Aaron’s characters are fully fleshed and authentic, especially Tommy, Cantu, Jacob, and Rio the Jicarillo Apache who lives apart and outside of the mainstream culture. I learned so much as I was reading The Curse of Sacerdozio: A Tale of Judicial Conspiracy. Aaron’s writing is inspired and seductively smooth, making it impossible to put his book down. This is one legal thriller that’s not to be missed. The Curse of Sacerdozio: A Tale of Judicial Conspiracy is most highly recommended.