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I dedicate this review to Yesha. If she had not posted her spotlight post for this book, I would have forgotten about this one. Thank you Yesha!!
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The captivating highly engrossing plot, the flamboyance and flair of the defense lawyers, and the plight of the war veterans homeless and suffering from PTSD all caught me in an emotional fray from which I was loathe to escape.
The story was thus, a homeless man was beaten to death by cops, public wanted cops to be prosecuted, a sniper killed the cops, an innocent man was arrested as the cops had no suspects, the lawyers embroiled in a legal drama to prove him innocent ==> hung jury with mistrial. Then came a revelation…
Every scene written by Nicholas Lombardi produced a visceral reaction in me. The emotions drawn left me vanquished. The mystery and the drama were well played. The plight of the war veterans touched my heart so deep that I was speechless after the book was done. I was in a state of turmoil.
The scenes which affected me the most
Police brutality on a homeless man on a call from a bartender who didn’t know the truth – the way they brandished their batons and hit that poor man, 6 cops against a lone unarmed man who called out for his father, just about chilled me. They pulverized him so much that he was just meat with no recognizable features. I won’t be able to sleep for days now!! HE WAS A WAR HERO!!
Legal drama – one of the best in recent times made me sit up and follow every point made my visually impaired Nat Bodine. There was an excitement in the air when he entered the scenes. I loved the psychological analysis he conducted on every person and he was not above using reactions from people on his side, including Tessa.
Plight of the war veterans – soldiers sent to unnecessary wars who return back less than what they were along with the mental torture and nightmares – they made my heart laden with a heaviness that seemed to seep right into my core and stay in my bones.
This is one book which will stay with me for a long time. Nicholas Lombardi has taken a relevant topic and the social issue and wrapped it cleverly in a fictional tale which is probably neither fiction nor a tale just the HONEST TRUTH about JUSTICE GONE.
I received a digital copy of the book from the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Author Nick Lombardi Jr. has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and he speaks five languages. He is the author of Journey Towards a Falling Sun and Plain of Jars, both published by Roundfire. An event in California in 2011 in which a homeless man was beaten to death lead Nick to write his newest novel, Justice Gone. Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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.
Publication Date: 22nd February 2019
Publisher: Roundfire Books