A Certain Justice - Abe Glitsky, Bk 1 Author:John Lescroart A brutal murder rocks a city. An innocent man stands accused. And justice is the next to die. — In a city of tolerance and hope, everything came apart.??One man died?at the hands of another. The next victim was killed by a mob. Now fires burn in the night, helicopters throb through the air, and politicians, lawyers and cops vie for the remnants o... more »f power.
Somewhere in the once-placid streets of San Francisco, a young man is on the run, charged by the media with a crime he didn't commit, hounded by demagogues, hunted by a desperate police department. One cop knows that Kevin Shea is innocent of a brutal racial murder. An ambitious politician will use Shea for her own ends. And a down-and-out lawyer is all that stands between Kevin Shea and an even more atrocious crime. For when there's no law left, justice is the only hope.« less
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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 (Abe Glitsky, Bk 1) 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.
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.