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Sucked in for reasons even he doesn't quite understand, Justice finds himself back in the life of gay bars, spurned lovers, dysfunctional families, and tawdry secrets--all the things he had been trying to escape. While fending off passes from his sexy, young female partner, he finds himself falling hopelessly in love with the man he must ultimately nail for murder--a killing that turns out to have far more personal and political implications than a simple bias crime.
"Simple Justice is a subtly plotted mystery that takes a piercing look at not only violent crime but violations of the heart and soul in the sometimes glamorous, more often dark and dangerous gay life of West Hollywood. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 3154 KB
- Publication date : September 15, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Publisher : ReQueered Tales (September 15, 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08FKMBN4Z
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #459,567 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Soon after Jacques’ death, 6 years earlier, he won a Pulitzer Prize and then quickly fell from grace when the world learned he had fabricated the article. His old boss, who also lost his job, has landed as editor at the Los Angeles Sun, a flashy tabloid style competitor to the LA Times. He arrives at Justice’s door with a story of a gay man murdered outside a gay bar. Justice agrees to work on it and the story becomes his personal quest for redemption.
The mystery is meticulously crafted. Clues are highlighted but the reader has as much trouble as Justice does fitting the pieces together. Without more information, the bits of tantalizing information could lead anywhere.
The Edgar Award for best first book is well-earned.
Benjamin Justice is a multi-layered character, conflicted, angry, but hopeful. Flawed, certainly, but also, kind. The supporting cast is just as well-drawn, as are the settings, taking one instantly back to 1990s LA.
It broke important ground when it was released and I'd like to see the series resurrected.
Wilson avoids doing what many mystery writers do, i.e., he doesn't make the story a treatise on some profession-- journalism, college professors, police departments, for example. Also, the narrative is fast-paced and you do not see the scaffolding underpinning the story line. Most importantly, the characters, particularly Justice, are fully developed as people. Justice actually becomes more self-aware and actually grows as a character, something I don't expect from a mystery character. Finally, Wilson makes a political statement but does it with finesse and subtlety.
There are nice touches. Wilson pays tribute to Walter Mosley by having Samantha Eliason's beefy bodyguard reading Mosley's mystery BLACK BETTY, for instance.
The novel is ultimately quite moving as Wilson takes on difficulty subjects: relationships, homophobia, single gay parents, dysfunctional families, love, forgiveness. SIMPLE JUSTICE is simply a very good mystery.