My current WIP involves a deliberate miscarriage of justice.
I started out with three main characters:
J - a young girl who is effected by both the crime committed and the injustice delivered
D - a clever detective with an interesting past and a dear friend who is a career criminal
N - a career criminal who is taking some time to develop a relationship with his girlfriend and his children ( both biological and unofficial)
J finds her mother and two others dead - runs for help when she understands what’s happened.
That brings in D, who knows that N, whom he’ll never catch for what he has done, is connected to this triple homicide and it looks like an opportunity to put an old friend in jail. He truly believes N will either end up dead or in prison and would be better off inside.
N, unaware of this, lives his life. Unbeknownst to him, evidence is being collected that will put him behind bars for the rest of his life. Murder, conspiracy to commit, etc.
Late at night the police enter his home to arrest him, but failures of procedure lead to a near fatal misunderstanding.
N is shot six times and wakes up in the hospital handcuffed to a bed
N is later taken out of police custody by a shrink who wants to run an experiment which involves signing N out of the hospital and turning him loose. The following three plot points are also part of the experiment.
N goes to a pub and SWAT shows up to end the nonexistent hostage situation
N is snatched and interrogated
N is later released only to be snatched by a vigilante who thinks he’s hot and wants to have some fun with him
N does what he thinks he needs to to survive and eventually manages escape
N walks into a police station and surrenders
N tells his girlfriend things weren’t really real, but were fun so she will hate him rather than spend her life visiting him
Now this is where I am beginning to wonder if his trip to prison might not be uneventful - giving him another difficult choice to make. Situation (sheriff he knows is driving him in and a deer crosses the road, causing him to temporarily lose control of the vehicle. Sheriff is injured, N has a chance to get away - or stay and help.