Lady Justice on the Dark Side

Fiction - Mystery - General
227 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2015
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Author Biography

Award-winning author, Robert Thornhill, began writing at the age of sixty-six and in five short years has penned nineteen novels in the Lady Justice mystery/comedy series, the seven volume Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children, a cookbook and a mini-autobiography.
Lady Justice and the Sting, Lady Justice and Dr. Death, Lady Justice and the Vigilante, Lady Justice and the Candidate, Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders, Lady Justice and the Cruise Ship Murders, Lady Justice and the Vet and Lady Justice and the Pharaoh’s Curse won the Pinnacle Award for the best new mystery novels of Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring of 2013, Summer of 2013, Spring of 2014 and Fall of 2014 from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.
Many of Walt’s adventures in the Lady Justice series are anecdotal and based on Robert’s real life.
Although Robert holds a master’s in psychology, he has never taken a course in writing and has never learned to type. All 30 of his published books were typed with one finger and a thumb!
His wit and insight come from his varied occupations, including thirty-three years as a real estate broker. He lives with his wife, Peg, in Independence, Missouri.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

Lady Justice on the Dark Side by Robert Thornhill is a somewhat bittersweet chapter in the life of Walt Williams, Thornhill’s senior citizen founder of the City Retiree Action Patrol, or C.R.A.P. After five action-filled years as a Kansas City police officer, Walt decides it’s time to hang up his badge, while lying in a hospital bed with a bullet hole in his nether regions. That’s the ‘bitter’. But after a few days of sheer boredom, Walt decides – with more than a little urging from his brother-in-law, Kevin – to become a licensed Private Investigator and open a new business. That’s the ‘sweet’. So Walt may be done entertaining us with his police exploits, but I don’t think we’ve heard the last of him. As for this book, it is excellent. I even jumped up and fist-bumped the air a couple times, to the accompaniment of a resounding, ‘YES!” Walt has reached a point where he is no longer certain about the line between right and wrong or, put another way, between good justice and bad justice. Personally, I think he ultimately arrived at the correct conclusion.

Lady Justice on the Dark Side delves into a very real and very incendiary current event, pitting a small segment of society against the police who risk life and limb to keep us safe. Thornhill does an admirable job presenting all sides of the issue. He does not champion a cause based on socio-economic realities, but airs dirty laundry from all factions. Walt and his band of companions are the ideal vehicles by which to expound ‘the rest of the story’ to readers. Very well-written, as are all his books, Lady Justice on the Dark Side is a must-read if ever I saw one. But to truly get the full impact of the value of Walt’s role in all this, one really should start reading this series from the beginning. It is not necessary to read every single book, although that would be best. Readers can start with Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P, then pick and choose whichever tales sound most intriguing, before ending with Lady Justice on the Dark Side. Be sure to read Lady Justice in the Eye of the Storm along the way; it helps set up this one.