I do love thrillers and thought this might be one. In a way, it is but it isn’t either. It’s crime, the crime’s repercussions, the investigation into both crime and repercussion and well, the conclusion.
Cops in a New Jersey town are called to investigate a “homeless chap” loitering near a bar. Their actions lead to the chap’s death. Later, we come to know he’s a decorated war vet Jay Felson. Investigation into the death follows but we’re shown it’s tainted. When the three cops involved are later shot dead, suspicion falls on the vet’s close friend Donald. Dr Tessa Thorpe, the main character, a therapist who worked closely with both Jay and Donald wants justice for Jay, and acquittal for Donald. The story goes on with the case against Don and the trial that follows.
The book is engaging from start to finish. It might have taken me five or six hours at most. It could even be finished in one sitting I think. I liked the characters, each felt well fleshed. Many times, doctors feel emotionally uninvolved, to remain impartial. Tessa felt impartial while being emotional. I liked the character of Bodine too, and that of John Garson. Having read many thrillers and crime fiction books before, I kind of guessed the perpetrator, which was a little bit of a letdown. But I don’t think many readers would be able to guess, thus making the twist valid.
Not likely I’d reread, but it was worth reading. I got a copy from the author as part of a book tour and am thankful to the author and tour host for the same.
Title: Justice Gone
Author: N. Lombardi Jr.
No. of Pages: 336
Publisher: Roundfire Books
Rating: 7 out of 10