Justice Gone

Justice Gone

by N. Lombardi Jr.

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ISBN-13: 9781785358777
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 02/22/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB

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. 5 reviews.
booklover- 22 days 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 25 days 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 26 days 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 3 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 3 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.