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4.52  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  23 reviews
When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down. A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran's counselor, is caught up in the chase. Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beat ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 22nd 2019 by Roundfire Books
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Vishnu Chevli
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Added another genre to the bouquet..

Detailed review will follow shortly
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the title, one would guess that Justice Gone is a legal mystery, but it really is a lot more. From beginning to end, it evokes controversary and arguments that typically fill the comment sections of current news stories. Not surprisingly, the story pulled in my emotional side from the beginning, and it's pace never let up.

An event in a small town cascades into a drama that keeps unfolding and expanding before we finally arrive at the trial, where the author does a superb job of heightening
Stanley McShane
This book delivers a knowledgeable albeit prejudiced punch in a bow to the plight of our PTSD veterans, both with the lack of support for vets as well as the state of awareness of our law enforcement bodies. The protagonist is Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veterans counselor, who decries the loss of one of her own, beaten to death, as she champions the support of Donald Darfield, close buddy of the vet killed by law enforcement in a less than enlightened confrontation.

This is an excellently drawn scenario
Olga Miret
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing this book as a member of Rosie’s book review team and thank her, NetGalley, and Roundfire for providing me an ARC copy of this novel, ahead of its publication, that I freely chose to review.
This is not an easy book to categorise, and it could fit into a number of classifications, but it goes beyond the standard examples many of the readers of some of those genres are used to come across. When I heard about this book, my interest was piqued by several elements: the book features as
Greville Waterman
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow - what a great book!

I had very low expectations when I started this book by an author I had never come across before but it engaged me from the start and I found it original and moving.

The heroine is Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran's counsellor, who specialises in dealing with war veterans suffering with PTSD and how she copes with the situation when one of her clients is suspected of the revenge killing of three cops who beat another veteran to death.

The action is breathless but the characters
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

An emotionally and politically charged thriller like no other, author N. Lombardi Jr. is set to release one of the most relevant and headline grabbing novels of the year with his upcoming release, Justice Gone. Here is the synopsis.

The Synopsis

When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
The author N. Lombardi Jr weaves together this physiological and psychological thriller by taking readers on a journey to places you wish you did not have to go. Along the way, Lombardi highlights many aspects, among them, is how environmental and cultural influences impact psychological factors when it comes to discernment and reaction.

The story starts with cause and effect. A look out a window and a false statement lead police officers to the location where they beat a war veteran to death. Th
Erin Cataldi
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Fast paced and gripping, this legal thriller will grip readers from page one. When an east coast town experiences the brutal murder of an unarmed homeless man by six cops, people don't think it can get any worse. That is, until they find out that the homeless man was a war hero undergoing PTSD treatment at a nearby counseling center. Riots and protests break out nationwide. Tessa is one of the head honchos at the treatment facility and she was particularly close to Jay, the man beaten to death b ...more
Marie (UK)
I really enjoyed this. For the main part it was well written, concise with a pacy narrative. This is not true but it is more than a fiction. Lombardi has created the atmosphere engendered by one terrifying event so well. All the characters appeared scarred and I do wonder if the number of forces veterans as Main characters truly reflects the demographic. However despite this it is an enthralling read and I had the wrong person pinned all the way through.
Jonathan Finch
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Justice Done To “Justice Gone” / N. Lombardi Jr Tackles Dramatic, Real-Life Problems With Real Commitment
A very sad but entertaining novel about how hard it is to maintain fair play and get a judge and jury to decide right. Indeed, the book is a discourse about right and wrong from the beginning. It is also a book which depicts war as a brutal and ugly “pastime”, given America decides to fight its wars away from home. It presents an America full of danger – mental and physical. Its style is eloq
Frank Frisson
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Author of a powerful novel called The Plain of Jars, N Lombardi Jr starts his phenomenal thriller
Justice Gone off at four in the afternoon with a character named Joe Poppet, the owner of a bar in Bruntfield, a small town in New Jersey. The author maintains that people walk past shops and unbeknownst to them a change comes based on a hot summer day in 2006; rabid distractions that altered the state of the nation would be faced. It hadn’t rained in a super long time as a hundreds years long drough
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel surrounding a homeless vet's murder by the police when they believe he's being insubordinate. His previous therapist, Tessa gets involved as she realizes he was confused and suffers from PTSD. But when three policemen are gunned down by a sniper, his army buddy, Donald is implicated and flees, only later to be taken into custody. And so begins a very tense and realistic trial, the outcome of which no one expects. I look forward to more of this author, featuring Te ...more
Aleana Harris
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a engaging story. I like how it dives into PSTD and how much Veterans adure.

Dr. Tessa Thorphe is a veteran counselor. As she try to find out if her patient Donald is the one who killed three cops who had beaten a friend of his.

Tessa races against the clock to save him from a lethal injection and she get help from a blind lawyer named Nathaniel as they dig deeper they untangle a web of police brutality and the treatment of
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘Justice Gone’ narrates an incident where a homeless person was beaten to death by a few police officers and the consequences that ripple through time. It can be said that it was a shameful accident, at least that is what the authorities were trying to pull but that would be a lie. It was in fact a murder which was done by three policemen, who in place of protecting the citizens were in fact discriminating and bullying them.

The fact that it was a War veteran also brings out the sad condition of
Shruti Ramanujam
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

I love emotionally charged political thrillers, so when the author reached out to me, requesting a review, I almost immediately said yes. I went in with a lot of expectations, and for the most part, this book didn’t disappoint.

Justice Gone has 4 parts to it–the initial crime, the second crime in retribution to the first, a court trial, and the resolution. Jay Felso
Grace J Reviewerlady
I can hardly believe I've read this whole book - fast-paced with such a great story that I just seem to have raced through it in no time at all!

When a veteran on the streets of Bruntfield, New Jersey, is challenged by the police, despite trying to co-operate he ends up dead. Six police officers are caught on video and mass demonstrations follow. Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran counsellor who knew the deceased well, finds herself in the midst of events to come as the police target another veteran, on
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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*Disclaimer* I was financially compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the author and/or its affiliates in any way.

Justice Gone, a mystery and legal thriller, by N. Lombardi Jr touches upon many social issues. When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, soon after, three cops are shot dead. Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war veteran and a war-time buddy of the beaten vet was accused as the prime suspect to th
Nicholas Maffia
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"A good writer can make anything so interesting it just moves across the page, whether it's as mundane as a trip to visit grandma's or a parents-teachers meeting. And Lombardi is a good writer, and what he's writing about is not mundane, but could have been taken from today's headlines, and so naturally it zips along, just the way I like my fiction. The issues that envelope the story are matters we often forget exist, such as the homeless and the difficulties facing our returning vets, and kudos ...more
Gunjan Mittal
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story starts with a homeless man being challenged by the police. Even though he cooperated, he was brutally physically assaulted by six policemen. Later, it was found that he was a decorated veteran. The policemen were caught in action by the CCTV camera. This led to demonstrations and a lot of media attention. Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran counsellor found herself amidst all the action as she knew the deceased.

Read the complete review on my blog -
Carol Pennington
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a great book. I just truly couldn’t put it down. Serious subject with action, romance, suspense and humor. The only thing negative I have to say is that the language is very rough. Be warned there is also a fair amount of violence.
Tracy Terry
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow soon.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This new novel by N. Lombardi Jr. is based on actual events in 2011 when military veteran and diagnosed schizophrenic Kelly Thomas was brutally beaten to death on a city sidewalk by six members of the Fullerton California Police Department. The author takes some liberties to add more events and alter the outcome, but neither of the endings, real or imagined, have a happy ending. I also want to note that this isn’t a “down with cops” book. It expresses that some policemen are bad; the vast majori ...more
Glenn Stenquist
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very involved thriller. Having served in military in the Vietnam war era was very real social commentary as well. Think you will enjoy this.
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N. Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).

In 1997, while visiting Lao People's Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from left
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“He watched it on the TV. Everyone watches TV.”
Bodine directed his face to Ryan’s, knowing exactly where the witness box was, his black glasses reflecting the ceiling lights above. “I don’t,” he said with a deadpan face.
Nathaniel Bodine, blind lawyer”
“All of you combat vets have possessed courage on the battlefield. I don’t mean the heroic romantic version, just the plain vanilla courage of trying to stay alive. Don’t leave that courage behind because you’re going to need it to truly come back home.”
Tessa Thorpe, veterans counselor”
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