by N. Lombardi Jr.
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Pub Date 28 Feb 2019 | Archive Date 29 Mar 2019
John Hunt Publishing Ltd, Roundfire Books
When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down. A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran's counselor, is caught up in the chase. Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa's patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers get there first, leading to Darfield's dramatic capture. Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge? Justice Gone is the first in a series of psychological thrillers involving Dr Tessa Thorpe, wrapped in the divisive issues of modern American society including police brutality and disenfranchised returning war veterans.
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A powerful, dramatic and emotional page turner that shines a spotlight on issues like police brutality and homelessness, Justice Gone by N Lombardi Jr. gripped me from beginning to end.
In a small town in New Jersey a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by police. Traumatised, his friend and fellow vet goes off the grid, causing counsellor Tessa Thompson to worry. This fear intensifies when three of the officers involved in the initial incident are shot, in a way that suggests a sniper , This sets off a manhunt for our missing veteran, and following his dramatic surrender, an equally if not more dramatic trial.
This book really does have it all, a topical social message, fantastic characters, great plot and pacing and more action and drama than should be permitted in one book. From heartbreaking emotional moments to intensely powerful courtroom scenes, reading the book felt like being on a roller coaster, there was never a dull moment, never a wasted page. While the characters are all interesting, my favorite by far was flamboyant show boating lawyer Nathaniel Bodine, who has the skills and knowledge to back up his courtroom theatrics.
I believe that this is the first in a planned series involving Tessa Thompson, and I look forward to reading more , but I do hope that she teams up with Bodine again.
I read and reviewed an ARC courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, all opinions are my own.
A very Interesting thriller.
I'm usually a black or white, right or wrong type of person. This book made me realize that sometimes something can be morally wrong but still be legal.
The tension was perfect, the characters believable, and the dialog well done.
I enjoyed this book even though it is not the type of book I usually review. For those of you who follow me, this is not a clean read and there is cussing in it. So if that disqualifies a book for you, don't pick up this book.
For all the rest of you.....This is a very intriguing thriller. If you like physiological thrillers, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. It is well done and the tension keeps you turning the pages. I suggest you pick up a copy and find out for yourself.
Wow - what a great book!
I had very low expectations when I started this book by an author I had never come across before but it engaged me from the start and I found it original and moving.
The heroine is Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran's counsellor, who specialises in dealing with war veterans suffering with PTSD and how she copes with the situation when one of her clients is suspected of the revenge killing of three cops who beat another veteran to death.
The action is breathless but the characters are well drawn and credible and the author has a deep knowledge of and sympathy with the plight of veterans.
As if it was not already good enough, the second half of the book introduce us to the irascible blind lawyer Nathaniel Bodine who is a wonderful invention and mesmerising to see in action.
This is apparently the first of a new series and the author has set the bar extremely high.
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