Justice Gone

Justice Gone

by N. Lombardi Jr.


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When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down. A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran's counselor, is caught up in the chase. Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa's patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers get there first, leading to Darfield's dramatic capture. Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge? Justice Gone is the first in a series of psychological thrillers involving Dr Tessa Thorpe, wrapped in the divisive issues of modern American society including police brutality and disenfranchised returning war veterans. N Lombardi Jr. is the author of compelling and heartfelt novel The Plain of Jars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785358760
Publisher: Roundfire Books
Publication date: 02/22/2019
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Author Nick Lombardi Jr. has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and he speaks five languages. He is the author of Journey Towards a Falling Sun and Plain of Jars, both published by Roundfire. An event in California in 2011 in which a homeless man was beaten to death lead Nick to write his newest novel, Justice Gone. Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Justice Gone 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Greeneyedlass 4 days ago
Justice Gone is an interesting legal thriller set in the New York Metropolitan region reflecting many of the modern-day issues we see on the news such as: police brutality, homelessness, and veteran’s welfare...particularly in regards to PTSD. For the readers who follow my reviews and who are a bit squeamish about language and violence, fair warning. This story opens brutally and is full of foul language and violently graphic description so it may not be for you. Having said that, I personally feel that the language and the description used during the violent acts that take place is perfectly appropriate for the subject matter as well as the characters and their personalities. The story opens when a bar owner sees a homeless man wandering the street by his bar, checking for unlocked car doors and calls 911. Six police officers respond to the call and as a result the homeless man, who turns out to be a highly decorated veteran, is brutally tasered and beaten to death; igniting protests and further discord within the community of the small New Jersey town. Without going into too much detail about the story itself and giving anything away I want to point out that straight from the beginning what happens in Justice Gone could be taken from the headlines of our own nightly newscasts. This may be a psychological thriller, but it is also a statement about the societal tensions running through many of our communities today. In so many ways this story reminds me of an episode of “Law & Order”. It’s simply the format Mr. Lombardi seems to have followed. The reader is presented with the story in segments from a third party perspective that lay out what happened, what it looks like, what it really is, and the conclusion, so that the reader views how the wheels of justice turn behind the scenes. In some ways it seems that this approach really helped the story flow for me, particularly during the second half of the story. But, I will admit the first half of the story was at times a bit difficult for me to get through as back story was laid down. There were definitely some parts that could have been streamlined, particularly the scenes with meetings (there were several of those). Meetings are boring enough to endure in real life, they are even more so when having to read about them, even though at times yes, it’s necessary to include them in a story. This brings me to Mr. Lombardi’s writing perspective for this story. The omniscient approach to the story-telling made it difficult for me to really connect with the characters and I’m a reader who really wants to do that. I would really have loved to be able to put myself in Tessa’s shoes rather than feel like I was watching the action take place. This is another reason I compared this story to “Law & Order” and coupled with the first half being a bit difficult to get through is why I rate this story at 4-stars rather than the full 5. Still, I liked the characters. I enjoyed the plot. I really appreciated the effort the author put into describing what was going on rather than telling me. And, over all the story had a good flow to it Would I recommend it? Absolutely I would. It’s a great commentary on current issues by Mr. Lombardi. There’s plenty of action and suspense and even a bit of a twist you might not see coming. Pick it up, give it a read and let me know what you think of it as well. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Allykitten 27 days ago
This book was such an intriguing, suspenseful, thriller read that is truly ripped straight from the headlines! This book is thought-provoking, compelling, well-researched, with complex characters, elaborate plot points, and touches on multiple topics including real-world issues. I found myself thoroughly invested in the storyline and totally caught up with the character’s outcomes. This book hit on one of America’s toughest tragedies that we are still working through today – the homeless population, especially that of our war vets vs. the police. It’s a very ugly battle and this book spares no detail on its case featuring this particular dilemma. I liked the main characters, Dr. Tessa Thorpe, Donald Darfield, and his brilliant, witty lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. It was not hard not to get wrapped up and invested in these characters, especially that of Donald and wanting to make sure he is treated fairly, and that the actual guilty person goes to jail not just the convenient or most obvious person. I enjoyed the feisty lawyer, Mr. Bodine. I was curious to see what he had up his sleeve next. I couldn’t help but wonder if him being blind was a play on justice. I liked Tessa, but I wanted more from her. I felt she could be this strong, fierce character and I am hoping in her upcoming books she takes on a more powerful role. I really like that this book takes real-life issues head on and allows the reader to easily connect with the characters and explore their take on the case. This would be a great book for book club as it would easily spark over many intriguing debate topics! This book has a great storyline that flows, terrific writing style with detailed scenes, well-developed characters, is fast paced, and keeps you completely entertained through the last page. I really liked the in-depth amount of research the author did while constructing this book. It was clear Mr. Lombardi Jr. was very familiar and well-versed on criminal procedures, legal procedures, war veteran disabilities, mental health difficulties, PTSD, police brutality cases, mass media, etc. The author provided so much detail and such vivid descriptions it made the scenes easy to picture. There are some predictable scenes. However, there are still a few very unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming! I enjoy police procedural books and I have to say this book did seem to fall into that genre too, while still staying true to its legal thriller category. Since this book spends almost half of its pages inside the courthouse there is still quite a bit of legal jargon, but thankfully it’s done in an entertaining, tasteful, and understandable fashion, and without being overly dumbed down. Warning! There are some very intense, graphic detail scenes in this book. I have to admit it was a bit hard to read some of those passages, as they were quite dark, and I’ll be honest I did skim past a few of those lines here and there. All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it! I think all legal thriller, mystery, suspense, police procedural readers will like this book too! So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
kathy-bookaholic 27 days ago
Sometimes when you begin a book, you just know it’s going to be something you want to read. I’m not exactly sure how to describe that feeling. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an exciting scene that starts in the first paragraph. I think it is the flow of the writing, the kind that keeps your interest. This book had that flow, at least it did until it blasted me in the face with action. Wow, what a start for a novel. I was appreciative of his writing; mad at the story and the injustice. I was a little of everything and that is because the author and his words made me that way. That means having the talent to write mere words on paper and create a huge amount of emotion in your readers. Injustice, unfairness, unwarranted violence, our cops and our military, are easy subjects to write about and evoke emotions as I said in the previous paragraph. They are also subjects to create interesting characters around. That happened here and some really enjoyable characters came out of this book. Characters you hope to read more about. This book has been categorized as being a part of the legal/thriller genre. I’m not sure that’s quite where I’d put it. Actually, it’s rather difficult to describe. It definitely is a thriller and it has a lot of legal activity in it, but it’s almost crime fiction or a mystery too. So, I guess if you like to read any of these genres, you’d enjoy it. There are a lot of points here for discussion and some thought-provoking ideas. An enjoyable read and yet a somewhat deep book. Lombardi Jr. has at least 2 other books published that I can see ratings on, and all seem to be well rated.
booklover- 6 months ago
It starts with a phone call. A bar owner sees a homeless man on the street. The police are told that he's been checking doors on cars parked on the street. Two cops show up and ask for back up. The homeless man is not armed. A total of 6 cops take him down, beating and tasering him relentlessly. The man who is now dead is a war veteran ... highly decorated. The power that be decide that this case must be addressed and put away. They come up with a plan .... send the case to the Grand Jury .. but come back with no verdict. The cops will be suspended temporarily with pay. But then the media ... and the public ... learn there was a recording of the entire incident and the police have it in hand. There are protests and marches and media questioning the police. The man's' family is going to sue .... where is the justice for this young man who survived war time only to come home to be beaten to death. And then 3 of the cops are killed .. and a cop killer holes up in a cabin ... just waiting. Dr. Tessa Thorpe is a veteran's counselor. She was the victim's counselor and she's also the counselor for the cop-killer... and wartime friend of the deceased. Who will get to him first .... angry cops or Tessa and an ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. What happens when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge? Dr. Thorpe is a well defined, finely drawn character. She's compassionate and not always as professional as she should be. There is a trauma in her earlier life that she also has to deal with on a daily basis. This book takes a long, lingering look at the justice system in this country. In recent years, we've all seen the headlines .. the war between cops and the public .... sometimes a racial divide. Shouldn't cops be held to a higher standard? Isn't there a better way to treat the homeless, those with mental illnesses? It's a complex issue of right and wrong and the author takes us from end to the other. Justice Gone is the first in a series of psychological thrillers involving Dr Tessa Thorpe, wrapped in the divisive issues of modern American society including police brutality and disenfranchised returning war veterans. N Lombardi Jr. Many thanks to the author / Roundfire Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this Psychological Drama. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
VWilliams 7 months ago
This book delivers a knowledgeable albeit prejudiced punch in a bow to the plight of our PTSD veterans, both with the lack of support for vets as well as the state of awareness of our law enforcement bodies. The protagonist is Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veterans counselor, who decries the loss of one of her own, beaten to death, as she champions the support of Donald Darfield, close buddy of the vet killed by law enforcement in a less than enlightened confrontation. This is an excellently drawn scenario, plausible to the point of eliciting ginchy reflex, and proffers major sympathy for the well-fleshed characters. Dr. Thorpe is largely the reason Darfield survived his heated resistance to the army of officers ready to take him into custody for the deadly sniper deaths of three of those officers. This narrative grabs you immediately and draws you into the psychological thriller that ramps up as it goes. The lawyer for Darfield is introduced and immediately so well developed you can see, hear, and be spellbound by his expertise in law, handicapped or not. You'd want this powerful "Ironside" on your side. I was absolutely drawn into the emotionally supportive and intelligent Dr. Thorpe and loved the introduction and crafty legal manipulations of Nathanial Bodine and his daughter assistant and the sympathetic plight of Darfield. As this is to be the first in a series of psychological thrillers, I say grab this while you can as you will want to be glued into the next book of the series. These characters are strong and wily. The author knows how to craft his characters and it will become necessary for you to see where he is taking this. I received this ebook download as an initial direct request from the author for a read and review and received through the publisher and NetGalley. Recommended as a not-to-miss thriller.
ReadersFavorite 7 months ago
Reviewed by Keyla Damaer for Readers' Favorite This classic legal thriller by N. Lombardi Jr. takes place between New Jersey and New York. Justice Gone shows from the start the huge flaws in the American legal system, based on politics, which most of the time doesn’t care about justice. And as we see from the first meeting of the city council, after the opening episode of Jay’s beating and death by law enforcement, most members of the council have only one goal. To hush up everything before it explodes in their faces and they have to pay the consequences. Not once do they seem to be interested in finding out the truth. They hide an important piece of evidence from the jury and choose the best way to save their position. And even after the murder of the three police officers, during the trial we are shown by the behaviour of the jury that having common people deciding on the life of an individual leads to absurd results when there is not a single piece of evidence against the defendant. N. Lombardi Jr.’s excellent prose leads the leader through a breathtaking thriller and even though there are little clues along the way about who’s the killer, I didn’t know until the end. My favourite character is Nathaniel Bodine, the defendant’s lawyer. He’s not the main character. The way he explains how the trial works clearly shows the State is not looking after the truth and the jury, being sequestered, only wants to end the trial as soon as possible. It’s understandable: they can’t go home, they can’t read the newspapers, they can’t use the internet. They can’t use their phones. It’s like they’re in prison too. And Bodine says it all in a few words: it is all about blame. I recommend Justice Gone to readers who like a thought-provoking legal thriller.
JeyranMain 7 months ago
Justice Gone is a psychological thriller story. It highlights an event that happens in a small town and what unfolds as a dramatic and wonderfully set story discussing matters that we are facing in the world we live today. Three policemen are gunned down after a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by police. Donald, a war vet is the beaten man’s friend and is caught by the officers and only Tessa and Nathaniel can possibly help him in court defending him from the fate others are so desperately deeming to pose on him for. The press is against him and the justice system is nailing him down tight. The story discusses climate change and questions the legal system. It conveys the modern issue we face such as police brutality and how a war veteran feels. The characters were very easy to bond with and the scenes were written with delicacy addressing every moment allowing the reader to picture the situation clearly. Tessa’s personality as a counselor for veterans was very heartfelt. The pace of the story and literature was superbly written. I appreciated the author using a strong female character. I believe what stood out to me from everything was the dynamic of the character interactions and how well the plot was put together. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews 7 months ago
Powerful and Gritty Lombardi pens a magnificent story in Justice Gone. This story is intense and filled with drama and violence. This story has many layers and plot points, and the characters have that great depth that lends to the telling of the story. "Alone, torture. With others, torture. Whatever you do, whoever you’re with, wherever you are, the torture doesn’t leave you." Lombardi shows a great, intense story that unfortunately happens in the world. Darfield is one character that soon won't be forgotten. I look forward to reading more by this author.