I received Silenced Justice from the author and as a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team #RBRT in exchange for an honest review.
I gave Silenced Justice 3* out of 5*
Because without Truth, there is no Justice!
Silenced Justice. The compelling new novel of corruption, greed, and the search for the truth
When his former boss, retired Lieutenant Chris Hamlin, asks him to reopen an old case, Josh uncovers the shocking truth behind an innocent man’s death in prison. In 1972, Darnell Grey, accused of a series of rapes and a homicide, is beaten to death in the prison while awaiting trial.
As a black man accused of crimes against white women, a justice system intent on vengeance uses all its resources to secure his imprisonment. Evidence of his innocence is ignored, witnesses manipulated, and the truth locked away, putting him into a racially volatile prison system. With his death, his memory and the case against him fades into the past.
Determined to bring the matter to light, the deeper Josh looks into the case, the more dangerous it becomes for him and those he loves. Discovering a darker, more sinister conspiracy in play, Josh risks everything to uncover the truth.
A truth that unveils hollowness and corruption at the very core of government and our Justice System.A Must Read Police Thriller A black man, framed for crimes he didn’t commit, is brutally murdered in prison and those responsible let him die along with the truth. Silenced Justice takes you into the behind the scenes world of the Justice system and those that use it for their own purpose. If you care about the truth, if you care about Justice, you need to read this book.
I felt I needed to review Silenced Justice in a different way than I normally do for various reasons.
it’s a complicated novel of political corruption, Russian Mafia and money laundering but it’s a book that has been obviously researched in detail (whether from the author’s own experiences or from actual investigation.) Complicated but cleverly woven together
I actually struggled to follow a lot of the story at the beginning because I spent too much time going back and forth trying to find who the many characters were and how they fitted in. I soon realised that it would have been better if I had read the first of Joe Broadmeadow’s Lieutenant Josh Williams novels before tackling this one.
As it is there is a lot of the back story condensed into blocks of the narrator ‘telling’ the reader what has happened in the past, or how the system works within certain departments. And, often, I skimmed over those sections.
The opening narration of one incident in the story is interesting and full of tension. I believed the central plot would be the solving of an historical racist arrest of a black man, charged illegally with rape and murder, deliberately put into the general population of a prison and beaten to death before given the chance of a fair trial. But this proved to be a subplot, the means to an end in that it led into the main story; a plot with many twists and turns. Nevertheless the story flows quickly, though mainly through dialogue.
And the main drawback for me was the dialogue. In the flashbacks (and occasionally in the present day sections of the book) the author gives the characters the traits and attitudes of certain government official and police departments in the nineteen seventies. That works to a certain degree and isn’t the problem. What was my difficulty was that most of the time, I didn’t think the dialogue differentiated the characters. The theme that runs through all the dialogue is sarcasm, cynical jeering and one expletive that is part of all the characters’ conversations, discussions and negotiations. I really don’t care if there is swearing in a book if it fits the character but they all used the same one and it became boring. I realise that the author intended to portray badinage and wit between colleagues. It just didn’t work for me in that they all sounded the same.
And I would have liked a little more description to give a sense of place.
When I finished my review and needed to add the blurb I did read some of the reviews for Silenced Justice. It’s had some extremely good reviews and has obviously been enjoyed by many readers.