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Title: Justice Gone
Author: N. Lombardi Jr
Published: February 22nd, 2019
Publisher: Roundfire Books
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*Disclaimer* I was financially compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the author and/or its affiliates in any way.
Justice Gone, a mystery and legal thriller, by N. Lombardi Jr touches upon many social issues. When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, soon after, three cops are shot dead. Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war veteran and a war-time buddy of the beaten vet was accused as the prime suspect to the killing of the cops due to obvious reasons as his motives. Justice Gone is the first in a series of psychological thrillers involving Dr. Tessa Thorpe.
It must be fate that I am reviewing two consecutive books that are relating to legal cases. This book had an amazing plot that teaches many people a lesson. It had a moral to it in a way that can bring out emotions from the reader. Often books have moral that may be obvious or are seen in a lot but social issues are not seen as often as say the power of friendship or honesty (as cliche as it sounds, personally, it’s true). The moral may be different to each individual depending on how they interpret the story. It can vary due to each reader’s personal experiences and knowledge on the topic. It definitely made me like it more because it had an interesting moral that is also controversial too.
The author did a good job of explaining things or terms that may not be familiar to many people unless they were knowledgeable about the topic. The book had great descriptions that help to create the right amount of tension for both sides. It was felt during many instances and it left me on edge because I wanted to know the verdict and know what will happen to Donald. All the “evidence”, and I put it in quotations because I do not know if it is true or not, that was presented explained and created work for the lawyer that was presenting it.
I will not explain it in details what problems I had with the book because I do not want to spoil the book. If you want to know what problem I had with the book and not mind that it might spoil or ruin the experience for you, go to the bottom and it will also have something I really like too. Otherwise, there was not much problem other than some of the formatting but that could have been because it was a reviewer’s copy.
I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading books about court and social issues. This book revolves around police brutality, difficulties of war veteran and judicial systems. If you want your mind to be thinking, this would also be recommended for you. In my opinion, this books would be more suited for those 14 years old or older only because there are profanities and some scenes might be a bit graphic with its description in a war battle. If you do not mind that, then go ahead and read it because it is also better to be exposed to issues around the world earlier.
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The one thing that I really liked was the fact that the author took the time to explain the juries decision to the case because all of the books I have read either skipped over it or only briefly went over it. So it was good to know the reason for it even if it was all made up by the author.
The problem that I had was with the ending. It was very abrupt and out of nowhere. It felt like the whole court case was useless and had not worth in it because of who it turned out to be. The evidence that the perpetrator presented felt like it was out of nowhere and it could have easily have been anyone that could have said it and said it was their fault. It might have been better if there were more subtle hints throughout the book that made it slightly obvious it was the perpetrator’s fault.
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What are some of your favourite legal thrillers or mystery? I find that court cases can create interesting suspense and it allows us to see how clever the author can be. I am starting to enjoy books about court cases because it usually involves mystery which is one of my favourite genre.
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