I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
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.
I love emotionally charged political thrillers, so when the author reached out to me, requesting a review, I almost immediately said yes. I went in with a lot of expectations, and for the most part, this book didn’t disappoint.
Justice Gone has 4 parts to it–the initial crime, the second crime in retribution to the first, a court trial, and the resolution. Jay Felson, a homeless war vet is beaten to death for “loitering” by police officers. After a public outcry, the cops are suspended with pay. But three of these cops are shot to death by someone and a nation-wide manhunt begins to bring the cop-killer down.
This has all the makings of a novel I’d love. And this story will hit any American too close to home, seeing as how it tackles issues such as police brutality and racial profiling. While there are plenty of characters in this novel, most of them are key to moving the story forward.
The courtroom drama that follows is my favourite part of the book. Until then, the writing is all about setting the scene. I don’t know if it’s my love for courtroom dramas talking, but I’d have loved it if there was less of the scene-setting and more of the finale. That’s where Lombardi’s strong suit is and I would certainly eat up any legal drama he writes in the future.
Read this book if you like political thrillers, courtroom drama, and books that hold a mirror up to the state of the world as it is.
Justice Gone releases on February 22nd, 2019. Preorder it today.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5