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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.