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Justice Gone Kindle Edition
2020 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD
2019 NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD
2019 AMERICAN FICTION AWARD
NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD - Best legal thriller 2019
SILVER MEDAL 2019 READER'S FAVORITES AWARDS
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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. N Lombardi Jr. is the author of compelling and heartfelt novel The Plain of Jars.
One of my favorite suspense novels of the year. It will make you question the legal system.The Eclectic Review
The courtroom action is excellent, trimmed to the most gripping parts of the trial, with plenty of emotional impact...a fairly realistic portrayal of the way small-town US society works...a fast-moving story with plenty of dramatic moments, and a big twist in the final pages.Crime Review
About the Author
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.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07N175RZJ
- Publisher : Roundfire Books (February 22, 2019)
- Publication date : February 22, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1427 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 337 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1785358766
- Best Sellers Rank: #958,570 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2019
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For the readers who follow my reviews and who are a bit squeamish about language and violence, fair warning. This story opens brutally and is full of foul language and violently graphic description so it may not be for you. Having said that, I personally feel that the language and the description used during the violent acts that take place is perfectly appropriate for the subject matter as well as the characters and their personalities.
The story opens when a bar owner sees a homeless man wandering the street by his bar, checking for unlocked car doors and calls 911. Six police officers respond to the call and as a result the homeless man, who turns out to be a highly decorated veteran, is brutally tasered and beaten to death; igniting protests and further discord within the community of the small New Jersey town.
Without going into too much detail about the story itself and giving anything away I want to point out that straight from the beginning what happens in Justice Gone could be taken from the headlines of our own nightly newscasts. This may be a psychological thriller, but it is also a statement about the societal tensions running through many of our communities today.
In so many ways this story reminds me of an episode of “Law & Order”. It’s simply the format Mr. Lombardi seems to have followed. The reader is presented with the story in segments from a third party perspective that lay out what happened, what it looks like, what it really is, and the conclusion, so that the reader views how the wheels of justice turn behind the scenes.
In some ways it seems that this approach really helped the story flow for me, particularly during the second half of the story. But, I will admit the first half of the story was at times a bit difficult for me to get through as back story was laid down. There were definitely some parts that could have been streamlined, particularly the scenes with meetings (there were several of those). Meetings are boring enough to endure in real life, they are even more so when having to read about them, even though at times yes, it’s necessary to include them in a story.
This brings me to Mr. Lombardi’s writing perspective for this story. The omniscient approach to the story-telling made it difficult for me to really connect with the characters and I’m a reader who really wants to do that. I would really have loved to be able to put myself in Tessa’s shoes rather than feel like I was watching the action take place. This is another reason I compared this story to “Law & Order” and coupled with the first half being a bit difficult to get through is why I rate this story at 4-stars rather than the full 5.
Still, I liked the characters. I enjoyed the plot. I really appreciated the effort the author put into describing what was going on rather than telling me. And, over all the story had a good flow to it
Would I recommend it? Absolutely I would. It’s a great commentary on current issues by Mr. Lombardi. There’s plenty of action and suspense and even a bit of a twist you might not see coming.
Pick it up, give it a read and let me know what you think of it as well. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Nick Lombardi has been around long enough to see the world for what it is – and having spent half of his life living outside the United States, he has seen it at its worst and at its best. Lombardi’s Justice Gone takes a questioning look at what we call justice these days, a concept that is not nearly as black and white as we naively used to believe that it was. The novel tackles several front-page issues that trouble this country: homelessness, the huge number of broken men and women being produced by America’s endless wars, the perception of racially motivated police brutality, government cover-ups, and out-of-control and unethical government prosecutors and investigators. But don’t let that scare you away because Justice Gone manages to do all of that within the framework of an intriguing legal thriller.
Justice Gone is book one in what Lombardi plans as a series featuring Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor in charge of a clinic specializing in helping damaged veterans put their lives back together before it is too late. Tragedy strikes when cops decide to arrest one of Tessa’s patients on the streets for a crime he knows nothing about. Not recognizing the veteran’s confusion and panic for what it really is, the cops viciously beat him to death right in front of a bus station surveillance camera. And when that tape is leaked to YouTube all hell breaks loose.
Another of Tessa’s patients, Iraqi war veteran Donald Darfield, was the dead man’s best friend and because of something that happened in Iraq, he feels responsible for his friend’s life. Donald, though, has plenty of war-related problems of his own, and after viewing the YouTube video he disappears. When three of the policemen responsible for beating his friend to death are themselves murdered, it is inevitable that Donald be charged with the crimes. And this is when Justice Gone becomes a legal thriller.
Lombardi takes his readers through the whole legal process, all the way from jury selection, to evidence and witness gathering, to the legal strategies of both sides. In the process, he creates one of the most interesting defense teams that I’ve run across in a while: a colorful father-daughter team that manages to turn Nathanial Bodine’s physical handicap into a distinct advantage. Mr. Bodine is blind but that doesn’t mean the man can’t see. He has developed his other senses so acutely that he always knows exactly where he is in the courtroom – unless he wants to pretend otherwise for his own reasons. He and Emily have been working together long enough to have their routine so perfectly choreographed that it appears spontaneous to jurors. And it works every time. Any prosecutor underestimating the skills of Nathanial and Emily Bodine is making the mistake of his life.
Bottom Line: Justice Gone is a beautifully set-up legal thriller, and fans of the genre are certain to be entertained by the efforts of the Bodine legal team. While I am curious about what the second Tessa Thorpe novel will offer, I am just as caught up by a wish to see the Bodines in action again. My only quibble with this one is that the book’s “big reveal” seems a little sudden in appearance and resolution considering the length of its buildup