The innocent man wrongly accused: it's a story idea strong enough that Alfred Hitchcock made many of his movies based on it. In John Lescroart's "A Certain Justice", we get a different take on this theme; although this is well-traveled ground, Lescroart is creative enough to add a couple new things and make an entertaining page-turner.
Lescroart is one of my favorite authors and I don't know how I missed this one! A great story about bigotry causing San Francisco to have riots and fires and looting. The center of the story is Abe Glitsky (San Francisco police lieutenant) who just doesn't believe that the photo in the papers proves a man's guilt. Because he insists on investigating "by the book", he makes waves that reach Washington, D.C. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and about halfway through it, I couldn't stop until I was done. :)
Bruce - reviewed A Certain Justice (Dismas Hardy, Bk 5) on
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This is not Lescroat's first novel but his first novel centering on police inspector Abe Glitsky. The book is a little stilted, the author spends too much time away from the main plot. After reading the book, the actual plot takes up only a fraction of a 400+ page novel. It was also missing the witticism of his other works, at least until Dismas Hardy shows up late in the novel. If you are a Lescroat fan, you will still enjoy reading "A Certain Justice". If you are new to the author, start with a different one.
When an angry white mob poured out of the bar on San Francisoc's Geary Street and surrounded an innocent black man, Kevin Shea was the only one who tried to fight through the crowd and stop the violence. His heroic attempt failed, leaving him bruised and battered. And now, thanks to a deceptive news photo taken during the melee, he is wanted for the murder himself--and the real culprits have threatened his life if he says a word.
I'm not much for mysteries & thrillers. Handed to me by a friend who knew I grew up in The City, he wanted to know if the places mentioned in the book were fact or fiction. I started skimming thru the book only to find myself reading it. The names of the streets & districts are real. As I read I found myself walking on the streets & through the neighborhoods, remembering how things were. It's been a while. Hard for me to visualize the things that happened in the book happening int The City by the Bay, but it makes for a good read. I've recommended it to all my friends & relatives who still live in The City & in the Bay Area.
A volatile situation in San Francisco between black and white citizens seems to be the result of one man's actions. Homicide detective Abe Glitsky must find his way through the maze of personalities and agendas to find the truth.
When the angry white mob poured out of the bar on San Francisco's Geary Street and surrounded an innocent black man, Kevin Shea was the only one who tried to stop them. He failed, and now, thanks to a deceptive news photo taken during the melee, he is wanted for the murder himself-and the real culprits have threatened his life if he says a word.
As riots rage and politicians posture, Lieutenant Abe Glitsky finds himself under pressure to bring Shea in at all costs. And as respect for the law crumbles-even among those sworn to uphold it-true justice is the only thing that can prevent the death of another innocent man.
Wasn't up to par with the other John Lescroart books I've read. The 'side stories' were too tangled and hard to care about, so I ended up flipping the pages to the main part of the story that I found interesting. Almost put the book down, but I wanted to know what ultimately happened to Shea, the character in the 'main' part of the story.