*I was sent the book, Justice Gone, free of charge to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Visit my Disclosure for further details.*
When Nick Lombardi Jr approached me about reading his book, Justice Gone, I was hesitant to agree. The story begins with a homeless American Veteran beaten to death by three local cops. Those cops are then gunned down in cold blood. The suspect is an African-American Iraqui war veteran – close friend of the beaten man.
I felt this novel would be too American, and too political, for me. But the plot drew me in quickly and I was surprised to read the whole book in less than a week.
Well written, Justice Gone pulls in therapists, lawyers and a grand jury. The reader is wondering throughout who really killed those three police officers.
One critique I have to share – the novel begins very centered on Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor. But it doesn’t stay there. In the midst of the trial, she almost gets lost amongst the other supporting characters. The focus of the story is taken away from her experiences, and is placed firmly on the lawyers and others in the courtroom. This is necessary to the plot, but her importance is diminished somewhat in telling the story this way.
The resolution leaves the reader satisfied. I was surprised by the ending – the red herrings did their job. But, it was a logical finish when you thought about it as a whole.
Who will enjoy it?
If you like crime drama, or American political issues underlying a mystery, than you will enjoy Justice Gone. I read it quickly, and enjoyed it a lot. This book suggests there will be more psychological thrillers featuring Dr. Tessa Thorpe to come.
Read more of my book reviews here. If you’re interested in having me review your book, visit my Book Review page. I’m always open to reading something new, though I’m becoming more picky with my books.
JessBuy it on Amazon (affiliate link):