Today’s Team Review is from Cathy, she blogs at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.com
Cathy has been reading Silenced Justice by Joe Broadmeadow
I haven’t read the first in the series and there were one or two moments when I was left wondering about certain aspects of the back story. It didn’t really detract from my enjoyment of this book although it took a little while to get my head round all the characters. Once I was into the story, though, it held my attention completely as the pace accelerated and the drama and suspense built.
Josh Williams is a Lieutenant in the Special Investigations Unit of the Providence Police.The story, set in East Providence, Rhode Island, begins with an attempt on the life of Keira, Josh’s wife, while she’s driving his truck to work. As Josh begins an investigation into the two men responsible, his former boss, Chris Hamlin who now runs a private investigations company, asks him to look into an old case. The niece of one of the other two women who work with Chris, wants some information on her biological father. Darnell Grey was arrested in 1972 for rape and murder and was subsequently beaten to death in prison before he could stand trial. It’s a chilling scenario of racism at its worst, combined with a tense and explosive prison system.
The investigations intensify and the more Josh uncovers, the murkier and more dangerous it all gets. The Justice System failed, manipulating evidence and witnesses, and corruption is widespread. An unscrupulous and disturbing conspiracy is uncovered layer by layer, involving government, the police and organised crime lords. It’s a horrifying but convincing sequence of events.
I love the skilfully created, complex plot, with lots of strands all coming together in a great ending, leaving the way open for more. The characters are all well defined and likeable, or not as the case may be. The narrative and dialogue are believable (unfortunately so in the case of the 70s police and government officials) and realistic. I like Joe Broadmeadow’s writing style, how he shows the evident camaraderie between Josh and his colleagues with sarcastic and humorous interaction. It’s obvious the author knows his subject and setting which adds to the authenticity.