Saturday, October 14, 2017

Warped Justice Review

Warped Justice
By: Kevin Schwartz

The law will protect you. Until it doesn't. 

When Peter Garrison's failed defense of a client leads to a retribution plot against him, he's forced to confront a nemesis intent on destroying him. Jason Felding seeks payback after his teenage brother winds up sodomized and mentally scarred during an unfair incarceration. He targets the restaurant owner who put his sibling behind bars and the lawyer who couldn't get a simple underage drinking case dropped. Obsessed with justice, Jason murders the snitch and, in an elaborate ruse, frames Peter as the killer. 

Peter finds himself the prime suspect in a murder that rocks the small town of Quincy, Vermont, a cruel irony since he left his firm frustrated that guilty clients sometimes escape punishment, while innocent ones are convicted. With the help of a crafty private investigator, Peter vows to solve the crime and save his reputation. But as Peter closes in on the truth, both he and his new girlfriend may be next on Jason’s hit list.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have recently been on the receiving end of a number of free books that I have promised to review. I don't select them to read in any specific order, I just choose based on most visually appealing covers. That's right; I judge how badly I want to read a book based on it's cover. That being said, I left this particular book for so long, because the cover is unappealing that by the time I picked it up to read it I had completely forgotten what it was all about. So turning to that first page was a bit of a mystery and I was somewhat pleasantly surprised. 

The book starts off strong, with one of the characters being in a mental institution after being sexually assaulted in jail. You really feel for the character's plight and start rooting for him. Then the focus shifts to his older brother, Jason, who's character is hard to determine at first, but very quickly, and seemingly out of the blue becomes a murderer, trying to avenge the injustice done to his brother. The character progression of these two in particular is erratic and unrealistic. Both brothers seem to, very early on in the book, loose their grip with reality and have no problem murdering and hurting innocent people that they deem as annoyances. There was no real build up to Jason or Matthew becoming killers (or attempted killer's in Matthew's case), all at once they just were. And neither of them seemed to experience any hardship over it either. In Jason's case he lost his girlfriend, left his family and conceded to living his life on the run as though it was all just expendable. 

Peter's character progression was a different story. It was almost inspirational to see him try to prove his innocence after becoming the fall-guy for the initial murder done by Jason. He became relatable as he struggled to accept the hand dealt to him and refused to accept that he would go down as a murderer when he was completely innocent. I had a hard time liking his character as I felt as though the author made him too egotistical, but really empathized with him as he worked with a team of people to try to prove his innocence, all while his personal life all but fell apart. I liked that his view of the justice system changed and he no longer wanted to be a lawyer instead pursuing a career as a P.I. all while investigating his own case. 

The plot was very well thought out by the author and there were secondary avenues of thought that the author explored that made the crime itself seem as though it could very well have happened. The writing was a little convoluted as I felt that sometimes the actions or trains of thought displayed by the characters were contradictory to their personalities. And again, drastic personality changes seemed to happen too suddenly. I did enjoy that the thought processes of the characters written by the author were all very thorough and detailed, it gave the writing some extra feeling. One thing I did feel was missing for this type of read was any trace of suspense. The author had the opportunity to add it in spades with this type of novel and with how well written the dramatic scenes were, it just never happened which made the dramatic scenes fall a little flat on the reader. 

In short, the story line was good, the characters were ok and the overall feel of the book left somethig to be desired. But I will definitely give this author another shot as I can always appreciate the extra 

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