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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In Justice of Brenda The Wolverine by Alex Markman, when an affluent and successful man named Edward Green commits suicide in his apartment, there are no signs of a crime being committed. Although he had been brutally assaulted, the only clue is his final spoken word, Wolverine. Homicide Detective Melissa Bonar's investigations lead to her to Belinda Rorke in an unreputable trailer park where she lives with her biker gang member boyfriend, Max. Melissa discovers that Belinda's violent notoriety in prison awarded her the name Wolverine. As Melissa delves deeper into Belinda's painful past, she uncovers a disturbing link between Belinda and the deceased. Could Belinda be behind the murder and, if so, is she planning further acts of revenge? Melissa discovers an unjust legal system that judges people on their class and is determined to get justice for Belinda and stop her returning to prison and prevent a potential gang war breaking out.
Justice of Brenda The Wolverine by Alex Markman is an incredibly emotional read from the outset. The plot will take you through many twists and turns which are extremely tense and exciting. The characters have been developed with much consideration and the situations, such as suicide, rape, and bereavement, are handled with great sensitivity. I loved Belinda as a character. Although on the exterior, she was quite brash, we discover a loving and caring side to her personality. Melissa is equally likable and her no-nonsense, common sense attitude to policing was quite refreshing. My favorite character was Sury, a friend everyone deserves. The suspense is interspersed perfectly with heartbreaking scenes which were sometimes hard to read because of their realism. There are many strong sub-plots, such as the relationship between Brenda and Max, which are superbly executed. A highly enjoyable and memorable read with a climactic ending you will not see coming.