“if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected – those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most – and listens to their testimony.”
I read and reviewed this book in December 2019. The author requested that I repost it given the current social climate. I thought that was a good idea. It’s won five awards!
2019 NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD 2019 AMERICAN FICTION AWARD NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD – Best legal thriller 2019 SILVER MEDAL 2019 READER’S FAVORITES AWARD INDEPENDENT PRESS REWARD
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.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
It’s not often that I cry at the beginning of a book but with all that is going on in our country right now, the beating of the vet really hit home. While I’m not one to believe all claims of police brutality, I do know it happens and this time, although fictional, was definitely such a case.
Tessa is a counselor for veterans, and she can’t help but care for the men she counsels. When a man she’s been counseling is killed by the police, she and his father seek justice, since the city is obviously going to try to sweep this under the rug. And when another man she counsels is arrested for killing cops, she has her work cut out for her.
I like Tessa although I never felt a real connection to her. It’s obvious that she cares about people and wants to do all she can to make things right. Most of the other characters are realistic and unique in their own way.
After the shocking beginning, I felt that it was slow going at times. Other times it was a page-turner. I found the ending a surprise, so it definitely has a good beginning and a good ending.
Justice Gone is a good legal thriller that I definitely recommend if you can handle the beginning with the beating that is described so well.
About the Author
N. 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.
Jack and Dudley go on an epic journey where they encounter many adventures and meet new friends.
“To the Rescue!” is the first in a series of Lumberjack and friends books set for release and sees the two best friends go on a huge journey to assist their Aunt Betty in a new country.
The book is suitable for children aged 2 - 9 years and teaches them about friendship, caring for others and caring for animals, which is brought to life in the colouring book so children can engage more.
The next book in this series entitled “A New Day” will be published later this year.
Excerpt from the book:
“George, his workmate, came running up and said, “Jack, you have a message from your Aunt Betty in Scotland. You must come and read it at once.”
Jack and George walked back across the yard as quickly as possible. As they reached the office, they went inside and into the warm. Waiting for them was Mr Stevenson, the boss and owner of the timber yard.
Mr Stevenson handed Jack a mug of tea and the telegram. They all sat down while Jack opened the message.
It read: ‘Hello Jack, I hope you’re well. I’m sorry to worry you, but I need help. The roof of my house has been badly damaged in a great storm. It has caused many problems here in Glenlockie. I know you are a very long way away but please help if you can. Love, Aunt Betty.”
“Lumberjack and Friends to the Rescue” is available to purchase in paperback (RRP £7.99) from Amazon UK at:
The current homeless crisis in the UK has become a major concern across a broad spectrum of society. In particular, homelessness is a tragedy for vulnerable young people, many of whom do not want a hand-out but rather an opportunity to lead a normal life. The issues raised in the book are supported by many real life experiences from young people in crisis.
The book: • examines the current, false perception of youth homelessness; • provides a better understanding of the required support needs; • identifies deficiencies in the current provisions of housing and support; • explores ways in which housing and support can be improved; • considers the roles of the state, charity sector, private sector and the public; • examines how to create a caring home to effect a transition to an independent life; • considers the funding and resourcing to significantly reduce youth homelessness; • considers what individuals can do to assist in the process.
The book examines initiatives that have proven to be successful in other countries and those that have succeeded in the UK. It moves past the current broad intentions of homeless reduction and considers the basis of a fully costed national plan that is monitored against performance, which if publicised should give rise to a greater trust in the process.
All royalties received from this book will be donated to youth homeless charities.
About the Author:
Barry Stillerman was born in London in 1953. Over the past decade, he has been working with charities in the UK and overseas to reduce youth homelessness. He sees the opportunity for more people to assist in taking action that can permanently reduce youth homelessness and has written “Young, Homeless and Forgotten” with this in mind. In the past, Barry has written financial self-help books including The Stoy Hayward Guide to Personal Financial Planning, Inheritance Tax – A Practical Guide and The Daily Telegraph Pensions Guide.
The inability for homeless young people to move forward due to the chaotic situation that they find themselves in is not well understood. Stories about how people lapse into homelessness (for example through drug and alcohol addiction) raise unproductive questions about whether this person (or any homeless person) is worthy of help from society. While substance abuse is not uncommon, the main reason among youth homelessness is relationship breakdown.
There are various support needs required by homeless young people covering issues such as mental health, substance abuse, poverty and criminality – in some cases a resort to petty crime has been a reflection of the need for food or a room at a hostel to get off the streets rather than a disrespect for property.”
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Travelling through the Welsh Marches of yesteryear and today
When Richard Dobson toured the border county of Herefordshire in 2005, following in the footsteps of Victorian artist Henry Thornhill Timmins, he recorded the experience in his subsequent book In My Own Time.
Join him in his latest tour as he describes, in their words, what earlier writers discovered as they travelled through the Welsh Marches, even before the word ‘tourism’ was first used.
About the Author:
Richard Dobson was born 1943 in West Didsbury, a district of Manchester, England. He spent his early years exploring the English countryside and never regretted missing out on University. Richard retired in November 2008 after running his own sales and marketing business for 30 years.
His first book ‘In My Own Time’ tells of a journey made on foot through the English midland county of Herefordshire and enjoyed every minute writing it. His second book ‘Border Crossings – Then and Now in the Welsh Marches’ was even more enjoyable and increased his knowledge and gained him many friends.
Excerpt from the Book:
The custom of touring in England and Wales began in the sixteenth century and gained momentum when turmoil in Europe during the 18th century interrupted the traditions of the Grand Tours. Gentlemen of leisure took to travelling the highways and byways for weeks or even months to discover hitherto undiscovered home territory. Professional travel guides were made available at Post-houses but travellers were often dependent on local men, who might have been expected to recognize any diversions or danger points en route. The terrible conditions of the roads up to the nineteenth century were a constant theme of the writings of Sir Richard Colt Hoare and his erstwhile travelling companion Archdeacon William Coxe. Another, Arthur Young, was so appalled at the state of the roads in Wales during his tour in 1768, he wrote accusingly about turnpikes being of little use.
‘What am I to say of the roads in this country! From Chepstow to the half-way house between Newport and Cardiff, they continue mere rocky lanes, full of hugeous stones as big as one’s horse, and abominable holes. The first six miles from Newport were so detestable, and without either direction posts or milestones so that I could not persuade myself I was on the turnpike.’
“Border Crossings: Then and Now in the Welsh Marches” is available in hardback from numerous retail sites including:
An excellent collection of 14 gripping short stories
A ‘Gambling Man’ tries to win the money but will he win the girl? What kind of man kidnaps a child and leaves him alone in a cold dark place? In a relationship, can ‘A Worm Really Turn’? In the future, men live alone in capsules depending on the mainframe computer to take care of everything. An R.A.F. officer seeks ‘Cold Revenge’ when he discovers the real truth behind his parents’ accident. How do you gain revenge on a wife who no longer has any interest in your marriage? A top radio disc jockey is supposed to entertain his public, not murder them!
See what you think after reading ‘Cold Revenge’.
About the Author:
Bip Wetherell is a retired musician and businessman still doing occasional Gigs with sixties pop group ‘The Tornados’. He also raises money for ‘ProsTaid’, a local Prostate Cancer Charity, putting on theatre shows and live music, concerts and festivals. Bip’s first novel was entitled “Chopped” and he is currently working on his second novel “The Reluctant Assassin”. He lives in Corby, England and is married to Elaine and has four children.
Excerpt from the Book:
“Alan was captivated by the carousel and stood watching it. Billy just sat down on the grass bored.
“I want an ice cream,” said Billy.
“Wait until Lynda has finished. I cannot get you an ice cream as she has the money.”
‘Do you want to go on the carousel, son?” A strange man with a squinty eye had bent down to talk to Alan.
“I can’t, I’ve got no money, and I have to watch my little brother.”
“No problem,” said Squinty. “The first ride is free and I’ll look after your little brother for you.”
‘Would you?” Alan’s reply excitedly.
“Of course I will, son.” Squinty lifted Alan onto the carousel, waited for it to start moving and, looking down at Billy said, “Do you want an ice cream, son?”
Young Billy enthusiastically nodded his head and held the man’s hand whilst they walked away to find the ice cream stall.
Lynda was on the waltzer, Alan was on the carousel.
Lynda, Alan, their mum and Dad never saw Billy again.”
“Cold Revenge” by Bip Wetherell is available in paperback from Amazon UK at:
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Press/Media Contact Details:
Darin Jewell (Bip Wetherell’s literary agent) Managing Director The Inspira Group Literary Agency email@example.com tel. UK +208 292 5163
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Bully Boy Blue is well written but what a horrible subject. Abuse is something that does happen, probably more than we know, and John Nicholl does a good job at making you feel the horror and desperation that Kathy feels. Now that she’s pregnant, she not only fears for her own life but for her baby.
You’ll probably figure out Kathy’s plan before she tries to implement it. But will it work?
Even though this is a novella, it is powerful. It contains physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. I definitely recommend it for adults but because of the subject, I wouldn’t recommend it for children.
About the Author
John Nicholl, an ex police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written three dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which are Amazon international bestsellers, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is always happy to hear from readers, bloggers or anyone interested in proposing a joint creative project. He can be contacted via his author website at:http://www.johnnicholl.com.
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