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Blind Eye (Benjamin Justice #5)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  113 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Benjamin Justice, a disgraced journalist in his mid-forties, is slowly putting his life back together. Under contract to write his tumultuous life story, Justice is trying to put all the elements of his life into perspective for the first time. When trying to locate his childhood priest, however, he runs into a bureaucratic stone wall. Then his best friend's fiance, a Lost ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 13th 2004 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2003)
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Ben Justice is back ... and this is the fifth book in the series. Fans of the series already know of his disgraced fall in his professional realm (journalism), his substance misuse and battles with depression, his lost love to AIDS, his own sero-conversion from a brutal and horrifying attack, his emotional wounds and psychological scars from a seriously dysfunctional family upbringing/background.

So what else is left for 'life' to throw into the ring for Ben to battle? A lot actually. And this in
RATING: 3.75

Benjamin Justice's life could be characterized as one bad situation after another, with a childhood history of abuse. When he was 17, he caught his father molesting his little sister and shot him dead. In particular, the past few years have been difficult. Some time ago, he wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning story that was based on false facts. Since that time, he has been unable to find a job in his chosen field of journalism. His long-time lover died from AIDS, and he has separated fro
This is my first read of the Benjamin Justice series, but the 5th installment. The main character, Benjamin Justice, is an interesting one, a former reporter prosecuted for fibbing parts of a Pulitzer Prize winning news story. He's also HIV positive and filled with demons from sexual abuse by his priest when he was young. Yes, in this book, just about all the priests are bad or repressed or both. And pretty much all the Catholics are blind followers of the faith and their authority figures. When ...more
Freyja Vanadis
Wilson adds a new twist to the Catholic priest pedophile scandal by having the priest in this story not only molest children, both boys and girls, but murders a few as well. And it just so happens that the priest, Father Stuart Blackley, used to have sex with Benjamin Justice when he was a young boy and, of course, Justice fell in love with him while it was happening. Fast forward 30 years, when Justice is doing research for the autobiography he's trying to write and has received a hefty advance ...more
I enjoy the voice of Benjamin Justice, mainly when he messes up (which happens frequently) and makes poor decisions. The mystery here was a little convoluted because there's so much going on. I wish Wilson had dialed it back a little because I found the story lines to be overwhelming: the mystery involving Soto, the abusive clergy, the Catholic Church cover-up, a Mexican cartel overlord. Oy!
I debated over this review. On the one hand, the book really grabbed me and held on, as I finished it in one weekend. On the other, I hate the violence the author perpetrates on poor Benjamin. God hasn't he had enough? Lost the love of his life to AIDS, professionally disgraced, raped and infected with HIV, struggling to maintain while on the HIV regime...

Poor Benjamin puts his life and health on the line to solve a case. There are plenty of twists and turns, although the premise, in the end,is
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John Morgan Wilson deals with controversial and sometimes uncomfortable subjects in the Benjamin Justice series – pedophilia in the previous book, The Limits of Justice, and the atrocities of priests and the Catholic Church in this one. In addition Ben is a gay disgraced journalist with a myriad of problems of his own. The graphic and often violent sex in the previous books is much toned down here, partially because of Ben's now being HIV positive.

I like Ben as a character and Wilson as a writer
Lori S.
One of the darkest books yet, with Benjamin Justice chasing down and confronting ghosts of his past when he begins research for his autobiography. Not only does he uncover memories from his own childhood, but discovers that he's not the only one to suffer at the hands of his priest and that the man committed even worse atrocities comes as a shock...

Still, I got sucked into the story fast and furious and the more I read these books, the more I like them. Well written, edgy, intelligent. Ben Justi
A gripping, somewhat darker installment in the Benjamin Justice - middle-aged, life-trodden, HIV-positive, disgraced journalist - series. Disturbing and somewhat more violent, this one takes on the Church's pedophilia scandal. Characters and story line remain generally terrific, even when deeply flawed and not terribly likeable on the one hand and not without a few weaker aspects on the other. In my opinion, one of the most interesting mystery/crime series out there, though not for everyone.
Blind eye just goes a little farther into the dark side and takes a look at the Catholic church covering up for its pedophile priests. Justice, writing his autobiography, opens up a Pandora box when he wants to find Father Blackey. Blackey, it turns out abused dozen of boys and girls until his death. In between the scandal, the construction of a new cathedral, the Cardinal possibly becoming the first American Pope you get a solid thriller with dark overtones.
Very good gay mystery in which Ben's been given an advance to write his autobiography and is trying to track down a priest who made a big impression on his preteen self... These mysteries are good, but Ben goes through so much... and so much of it he brings upon himself.
I have read all John M Wilson's novels of Benjamin Justice; love them all. If you like disgraced journalist, former aloholic who's been through hell and back - mixed in with a little murder, mayhem and suspense, this book is for you!
Love a good detective story. This was first and formost a good story line. The added feature of an openly gay protagonist is a plus.
A pretty good mystery, and fairly interesting & complex characters. Not my usual kind of read, but a good story.
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The Backlot Gay B...: Blind Eye (Benjamin Justice #5) - John Morgan Wilson 7 25 Aug 20, 2014 05:18PM  
John Morgan Wilson is the author of several novels in the Benjamin Justice series as well as two co-written books with band leader Peter Duchin. He's the winner of the Edgar Award and three-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for the Benjamin Justice novels. He lives in West Hollywood, CA.

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Other Books in the Series

Benjamin Justice (8 books)
  • Simple Justice (Benjamin Justice, #1)
  • Revision of Justice (Benjamin Justice, #2)
  • Justice at Risk (Benjamin Justice, #3)
  • The Limits of Justice (Benjamin Justice, #4)
  • Moth and Flame (Benjamin Justice, #6)
  • Rhapsody in Blood (Benjamin Justice, #7)
  • Spider Season (Benjamin Justice, #8)

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