Justice Gone is a topical and timely look at the powers of policing. When a veteran is beaten to death by a group of six police officers, a murder spree ensues with three of the six shot dead…
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Title: Justice Gone
Author: N. Lombardi Jr
Page Count: 336
When I was young, we were made to pledge allegiance, an oath that ended with the phrase, ‘with liberty and justice for all.’ Well, Jay Felson was denied liberty…let us make sure he is NOT DENIED JUSTICE!Tessa Thorpe (Veterans Counselor) in Justice Gone
Justice Gone covers so many topics. From veteran homelessness, to PTSD, to whether a justice system is fit for purpose.
Reading this book as a British person, the book certainly read in the same way I read the news out of America – that police don’t undertake measured responses, that the most vulnerable members of society are the ones suffering and that this situation could happen (if it hasn’t already).
It’s a sad realisation, but that makes this book powerful. Interestingly, had this been set in a rough estate in the UK, I would probably have found it believable too.
I totally see the intrigue in writing that story line, but the solver in me would just love to have read about all six during a trial, particularly because the courtroom bits were some of the authors strongest writing. Vigilante justice just isn’t something I find interesting, but it was still very well written!
This isn’t a happy book which, in my opinion, makes it perfect reading for this time of year! If you’re looking for a book that will have you questioning your own version of justice, this is a book for you.