Blind Eye (Benjamin Justice Series #5)

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Benjamin Justice, a disgraced journalist in his mid-forties, is slowly putting his life back together. Under contract to write his tumultuous life story, Justice is trying to put all the elements of his life into perspective for the first time. When trying to locate his childhood priest, however, he runs into a bureaucratic stone wall. Then his best friend's fiance, a Lost Angeles Times columnist, is killed in a tragic and suspicious hit-and-run accident shortly after trying to aid Justice in his search. ...

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Overview

Benjamin Justice, a disgraced journalist in his mid-forties, is slowly putting his life back together. Under contract to write his tumultuous life story, Justice is trying to put all the elements of his life into perspective for the first time. When trying to locate his childhood priest, however, he runs into a bureaucratic stone wall. Then his best friend's fiance, a Lost Angeles Times columnist, is killed in a tragic and suspicious hit-and-run accident shortly after trying to aid Justice in his search. Reluctant at first, Justice soon finds himself in the midst of a complex case involving a decades-old child murder, a powerful and controversial cardinal, and elements of his own dark past.

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Publishers Weekly
Edgar-winner Wilson (Simple Justice) was certainly ahead of the news curve when he invented a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter disgraced and fired for inventing sources. Now, in his fifth book about Benjamin Justice, Wilson again mines recent headlines, sending his wounded hero on a quest for the Catholic priest who molested him when he was 12 years old. It's a viable idea, and the HIV-positive Justice has some interesting edges, but the author seems determined to test him-and his readers-with so much high-impact paranoia that the story quickly goes over the top. The trouble starts when Joe Soto, the ace Los Angeles Times columnist engaged to Justice's friend Alexandra Templeton, shows Justice an outline for a book he plans to write about an infamous assassin who works for various drug cartels. Then Joe obligingly writes a story about Justice's missing priest and is promptly murdered by a hit-and-run driver outside a restaurant. Was it the assassin? Or could it have been a suspicious-looking police detective who lusts after Alexandra? How about a hit man hired by the increasingly edgy Los Angeles archbishop and his chief aide, who offer Justice a million dollars to drop his investigation into the pedophile priest? Long before the frantic ending in a new cathedral being built at vast expense in downtown L.A., most readers will have concluded that the point of wretched excess has already been achieved. Agent, Alice Martell. (Oct. 6) FYI: Wilson is the coauthor with Peter Duchin of Blue Moon (Forecasts, Sept. 23, 2002). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Disgraced ex-reporter Benjamin Justice goes up against his most fearsome adversary yet-the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Twenty years before he won the Pulitzer Prize, young Benjamin was the target of Father Stuart Blackley's advances. Now Justice has received a $150,000 advance to tell everything from how he shot the father who was abusing his sister to how he was fired over the confiscated Pulitzer, and he plans to give Father Blackley a prominent place in his autobiography. When he goes fishing, however, he finds that Blackley left Buffalo for LA years ago, died in a hiking accident, and is a topic LA Bishop Anthony Finatti, Blackley's old friend, doesn't want to discuss. Frustrated at being stonewalled, Justice allows Joe Soto, the LA Times columnist secretly engaged to Justice's old friend Alexandra Templeton, to go public with Blackley's history-and then reacts with horror and guilt (not for the last time) as Joe's killed in a well-planned hit-and-run hours after his column runs. Was the killer behind the wheel penny-dreadful Pablo Zuniga, the freelance assassin on whom Joe had been planning a book, or someone in Cardinal Kendall Doyle's office who didn't want anyone spoiling Doyle's candidacy to become the next pope? Or are those two alternatives really so distinct? Though unlikely to get the Church's imprimatur, Justice's fifth (Justice at Risk, 1999, etc.) is his finest yet: a white-hot exposé fueled by anger, bewilderment, and pain. Agent: Alice Martell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312309213
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/2004
  • Series: Benjamin Justice Novels Series, #5
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

John Morgan Wilson is the author of four previous novels featuring Benjamin Justice and is the co-author of Blue Moon with Peter Duchin. He won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel for Simple Justice and the Lambda Literary Award for Justice at Risk and The Limits of Justice. He lives in West Hollywood, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    Long awaited sequel is best of the bunch!

    Now in his mid-40's, HIV+ and single since his boyfriend moved out of the country, the Benjamin Justice we find here seems significantly subdued from the fiery, brash investigative journalist we met in Wilson's first four books in the series, which started a dozen years earlier. Back then, Justice had managed to short-circuit a promising journalism career by fabricating some interviews for a story which won a Pulitzer Prize, and was caught. Writing assignments had been few and far between since then. In the past five years, Benjamin had not worked, living simply and frugally, but recently got an advance to write his biography, which gives him some apprehensions about reliving part of his past he'd rather not revisit. His only current link to his former profession is his best friend Alexandra Templeton, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, who is secretly engaged to columnist Joe Soto, a longtime friend as well. In making notes on his biography, Justice faces his long-buried feelings about having been molested at ages 12-13 by a parish priest back in Buffalo NY. To bring closure to that episode in his life, he seeks out information about the priest, and learns that he actually had been transferred to the Los Angeles archdiocese a few years after his encounters, and died in a reported hiking accident about ten years ago. Justice presses the local diocese officials for more information, whether there had been further reports of molestations or if he had indeed been 'rehabilitated,' and is surprised when the 'sorry, that's confidential' response comes from the office of the Bishop himself. Justice smells a coverup, and talks his friend Joe Soto into doing a column about an 'anonymous' reader who reported abuse by the priest, and the strange reaction received from the diocese. The mystery quickly grows from there, as Joe Soto is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run accident, with some evidence suggesting that the driver may have been an infamous South American hired assassin, who usually works for drug cartels. At the same time, reaction to Soto's column triggers letters from readers with additional reports of mollestations by the priest, creating more questions than answers, especially when one such reader mysteriously dies in a fall from the hospital where she worked. When the diocese offers him a million dollars to end his investigations, Justice becomes more assured that the bishop (which had been a close friend of the priest in question) may be involved, and perhaps even the presiding Cardinal, who is under strong consideration to be the next pope. Absolute nail-biting suspense, with passages of outright terror, make this, in my opinion, the best of the series. Realistic, street-saavy characters and scenarios, with an eye for detail that makes him one of the best.

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