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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Jaundiced Justice by Capt. Paul Barrett is a social commentary novel with brilliant aspects that still resonate today. Henry Hall grew up in a sheltered life on an Ohio farm inherited by his parents. He never attended public school, and his parents took turns in tutoring him, learning along with their son in the process. His seclusion insulated him from the demons of racial prejudice, but he does not stay young forever. Manhood and attaining a law degree have made him witness discrimination on the basis of one’s skin. His baptism of fire as a lawyer involves the unjust arrest of Clay Ellis, who was driving on his way to work at Ford’s assembly line. Filing a lawsuit against the Columbus Ohio Police Department, Henry will face threats and violence from those who do not want to see him win.
Jaundiced Justice is a tale that combines hard-hitting emotion with political and social commentary. As for characterization, Barrett provides enough background for Henry to become a three-dimensional character. He has humane concerns but has enough grit to fight back when his loved ones come under threat. Barrett has a straightforward narration and no flowery prose. This helps to establish a story with a theme that must be addressed. However, you might find that Henry’s rigging of dynamite around his property to get rid of enemies has a hard action feel to it that does not seem to go with the drama. On the other hand, you can welcome it as a unique spin that makes for a satisfying ending. Either way, the message that this novel brings will appeal to anyone who loves to read about humble men who triumph over great adversity.