Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Lifers Wear Orange is the second book in The Gael Saga, written by Thomas J. Black. When notorious Sapphire City gangster Dan Adelson puts a hit out on vigilante Roisin O'Malley, the Morrigan trio is called into action. As three of Dan’s toughest assassins, Rebecca McGuire, Amanda Miller and Barbara Mahoney falter during the hit, landing Barbara lifetime room and board inside Camelbrook Penitentiary. Roisin is shocked when she, too, is also arrested and sentenced to life behind bars, sharing a cell with none other than Barbara herself. But Barbara has something a little different on her mind than revenge. In the meantime, Dan is arrested and hires Rebecca as his attorney. A bloody crime wave suddenly grips Sapphire City, keeping police on the heels of Gael’s Army and the Blue Hood. But behind bars, the most important thing to remember is how to maintain your self-respect and dignity in a sea of Blue and Orange.
Hard-hitting, full of shock, surprises and suspense, Lifers Wear Orange vibrantly bursts out of the pages, leaving readers taking cover, while delighting in a sea of sex and debauchery. The interwoven lives of police and criminals are spectacularly presented by author Thomas J. Black, who has shown that not everything in life is what it seems to be. The humor within the Morrigan trio is well spun, but fast becomes blurred with the reality of harsh life behind bars. Some of the scenes in the book were quite shocking, having been written in such a descriptive manner, but every single page beautifully added to the overall story which allows the reader to see how terrifying life on the inside (and life on the streets) can truly be. The story itself is highly imaginative and brilliantly written. I was nothing short of impressed by the story line within Lifers Wear Orange, and now plan to seek out other books in the series. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to readers who love the suspense, thrill, action and the mystery of a crime-laden town, which will leave you begging for more.