I must confess that I didn’t have any expectations when we first received this book from John Hunt Publishing. It didn’t speak to me, so I just postponed the moment of reading it, over and over again. When I actually started it, I was surprised how easy to read the novel is and that it took me less than a weekend to finish it.
I don’t know if you heard about N. Lombardi Jr. before or not, but I will tell you a few words about him and what got him writing, so you won’t have to research after reading his book as I did. The author is a groundwater geologist who worked half his life in countries from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. His first novel “The Plain of Jars” was inspired by the deaths he witnessed in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. More than twenty years later, he saw a homeless man beaten to death by the police and it made him write “Justice Gone”. Actually, this is the first scene of the book.
About “Justice Gone”
The killed vagabond turns out to be a war veteran and soon after his death, three policemen are murdered. The main character is Dr. Tessa Thorpe. She is a counselor specialized in veterans suffering from PTSD. When one of her patients, is the prime suspect for the murdered cops, she feels the need to intervene. He is an African-American Iraqi veteran also war friend with the beaten homeless man, by the name of Donald Darfield.
This book is all about misperception and public opinion. Because of this, I don’t want to say more about the plot so I won’t spoil anything and ruin the surprise for the future readers.
“Justice Gone” is an easy to read book. Even though it is a thriller, this book is suited for everyone. What I like most about it is how it is structured and how you get to have a second thought about everything related to the story.