John Morgan Wilson is a veteran journalist, TV documentary writer, and fiction writer. He’s perhaps best known for his dark, hard-edged Benjamin Justice mystery series, which has won the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award (the “Edgar”) for best first novel from Mystery Writers of America and three Lambda Literary Awards for best gay men’s mystery from the Lambda Literary Foundation. The eighth Justice novel, Spider Season, will be published in December, 2008 from St. Martin's Minotaur. His short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Blithe House Quarterly. For more than twenty-five years, he has been an instructor with the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. He lives in West Hollywood, California.
The Limits of Justiceby John Morgan Wilson
When celebrity biographer Randall Capri writes a lurid and unauthorized bio of the late Rod Preston, a virile movie star of the fifties and sixties, he sets in motion a deadly chain of events. Preston’s naive daughter, Charlotte, hires Benjamin Justice to salvage her father's good name by ghost writing an expose of him. After finding Charlotte dead, an apparent… See more details below
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When celebrity biographer Randall Capri writes a lurid and unauthorized bio of the late Rod Preston, a virile movie star of the fifties and sixties, he sets in motion a deadly chain of events. Preston’s naive daughter, Charlotte, hires Benjamin Justice to salvage her father's good name by ghost writing an expose of him. After finding Charlotte dead, an apparent suicide, Justice begins to have his doubts about how she died. Working with reporter Alexandra Templeton, he begins an investigation that takes him from the wealthy hillside enclaves of Montecito to the gay bars of Tijuana as he searches for the truth—and a young witness named Chucho Pernales, who has fled back to Mexico in fear for his life.
Along the way, Justice stumbles into a ring of wealthy Hollywood pedophiles—a group of men connected to the late Rod Preston, and possibly to Charlotte Preston’s death. While Justice copes with a life-threatening health crisis and struggles to clear himself of suspicion, his search for the killer propels him behind the locked gates of a mysterious compound in the remote California desert—and to evidence of evil beyond imagination.
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After reading this book I have decided to read the full Justice series that he author wrote. Looking forward to many more hours of enjoyment and escape.
His Pulitzer Prize winning career ended when his award-winning story proved phony. His health has turned shaky when he learned that he turned HIV-positive. Now as he sinks deeper into the morass of non-living, all Benjamin Justice wants is to be left alone. However, ignoring her calls, not washing, shaving, brushing his teeth, and insulting her fails to deter Charlotte Preston. She wants Benjamin to write a book counter-arguing sleazy celeb-biographer Randall Capri¿s degrading look at Charlotte¿s recently deceased father, TV and movie star Rod Preston. Unable to refuse the $25K advance and $25K follow-up, Benjamin accepts the job. He explains to Charlotte for that amount of money she owns full editorial license to change his words to include whatever the hell that she wants to write. However, before Benjamin can begin his inquiries into the lives of Rod and Randall, someone kills Charlotte. Feeling obligated to continue with the assignment, Benjamin expands his investigation to include discovering Charlotte¿s murderer. THE LIMITS OF JUSTICE is a well-designed Hollywood mystery, but it is also a redemption novel. The story line belongs to Benjamin who in his fourth ¿Justice¿ tale uses Charlotte¿s murder as a rallying cause to regain his own lost humanity. Though one of the major underlying themes is out of an X-rated B horror movie, Edgar winner John Morgan Wilson paints a fresh landscape of Southern California. Anyone who enjoys a private investigation story starring an individual on a personal vendetta to regain his former champion status will find this wondrous novel does that and much more. Harriet Klausner