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Posted June 3, 2013
Benjamin Justice is so tortured he makes Brandstetter and Rios (leads of other well regarded top notch mystery series with gay protagonists) look happy go lucky. He's a fascinating complex character who makes for a marvelous narrator - razor sharp intelligence, acerbic, cynical, compassionate, vulnerable, dangerous, tough as nails, self-loathing and destructive (not because he's gay), but self aware and a great investigative journalist.
It's evident John Morgan Wilson, a journalist and former editor at the LA Times knows this profession inside out and what it takes to truly investigate a story as you see Justice doing his legwork and collecting his clues. Wonderful writing, complex characterization and a marvelous sense of time and place make it a great start to mystery series.