Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Justice Gone by N. Lombardi Jr – Book Review. @damppebbles #NLombardiJr #JusticeGone

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A beaten homeless vet. Three cops gunned down. A multi-state manhunt. The trial of the decade. A new kind of legal thriller. 

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 gets 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?


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MY REVIEW 

A bar owner sees a homeless man on the street, he worries it will affect trade, so he tells the barman to call the police and tell them he was trying to steal cars….

Two cops show up and are aggressive from the off and start to beat him, back up arrives and they too start hitting the guy….in the end 6 of them best and taser the man until he is unresponsive ….and dead. He was a decorated war vet
and treated as nothing…..all to common unfortunately.

The men involved are put on administrative leave…..

There are protest marches and the media want answers….and demands for justice for this poor man.

“A person’s behavior can be considered a result of all the experiences he or she has had up to that point, continually evolving as one grows older.”

Dr. Tessa Thorpe is a counsellor. She was Jay Felsom’s counsellor and she’s also the counselor for his best friend, Donald Darfield, who has taken his own revenge for the death of his friend.

This book takes is an emotive look at the current situation in the US…where cops seem a law unto themselves and a little too quick on the trigger when dealing with anyone with a possible psychological issue…..not much empathy!!! How can the disadvantaged get justice?

Justice Gone is a psychological thriller with Dr Tessa Thorpe, and situations all too common. Great emotive and empathetic writing in this clever psychological drama by N Lombardi Jr.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.
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Author Bio –

Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).

In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years. Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc. http://plainofjars.net.

His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.

His latest novel, Justice Gone was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police.
Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 

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Book reviews, Police procedural

Cradle To Grave by Rachel Amphlett – Book Review. @RachelAmphlett @Tr4cyF3nt0n #CradleToGrave

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

When a faceless body is found floating in the river on a summer’s morning, Detective Kay Hunter and her team are tasked with finding out the man’s identity – and where he came from. 

The investigation takes a sinister turn when an abandoned boat is found, covered in blood stains and containing a child’s belongings. 

Under mounting pressure from a distraught family and an unforgiving media, the police are in a race against time – but they have no leads, and no motive for the events that have taken place. 

Will Kay be able to find a ruthless killer and a missing child before it’s too late? 

Cradle to Grave is the eighth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series by USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett, and perfect for readers who love fast-paced murder mysteries.
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MY REVIEW 

This is #8 in the DI Kay Hunter series, but I feel it can easily be read as a stand-alone.

When the body of a man is found floating in a river, killed by a shot to the back of the head, DI Hunter and her team start the investigation. They soon become aware that a child may be missing.

As they identify the victim and the little girl, Alice, who is missing the investigation steps up a pace. Can they find Alice before any harm comes to her? Why was she taken and who killed the man in the river?

Kay had tragically had a miscarriage 3 years ago, and is still grieving so this case has really caught her emotions….she has to find Alice!

This is a solid police procedural with well developed and likeable characters, it has a tense and twisty plot which really keeps your attention from start to finish. 

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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USA Today bestseller Rachel Amphlett writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Kay Hunter British detective series, the Dan Taylor espionage novels, the English Spy Mysteries featuring Eva Delacourt, and a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Rachel is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

Find out more about Rachel Amphlett at http://www.rachelamphlett.com, and join her Readers Group to gain access to exclusive promotions and giveaways.