Interpretation of Murder
In the December, 2010 issue of
Alfred Hitchcockâ€™s Mystery Magazine
Itâ€™s Jane Ciardiâ€™s first time in a criminal courtroom, as one of two sign-language interpreters working at the trial of a deaf man accused of murdering his employer. As the trial progresses, Jane begins to suspect that her co-interpreter is deliberately doing a bad job, subtly distorting her interpretation of a deaf witnessâ€™s testimony to prejudice the jury against the defendant. Worse, Jane suspects that the wrong person is on trial. Now she must struggle with the question of what she can doâ€”if she can do anythingâ€”to uncover the truth and bring the killer to justice. In addition to offering readers a satisfying whodunit, â€œInterpretation of Murderâ€ provides insights into sign-language interpretation, a process thatâ€™s far more nuanced and subjective than it may seem.
â€œInterpretation of Murderâ€ was written with the assistance of Sarah Gershone, N.I.C., a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter.