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Author: John Morgan Wilson
ISBN: 0553578618
Language: English
Category: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Crimeline (May 1, 2001)
Rating: 4.2
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John Morgan Wilson is the author of several novels in the Benjamin Justice series as well as two co-written books with band leader Peter Duchin. The Limits of Justice (Benjamin Justice Mysteries).

John Morgan Wilson is the author of several novels in the Benjamin Justice series as well as two co-written books with band leader Peter Duchin. He's the winner of the Edgar Award and three-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for the Benjamin Justice novels.

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The Limits of Justice: A Benjamin Justice Mystery (Benjamin Justice Mysteries). Spider Season: A Benjamin Justice Novel (Benjamin Justice Novels). Author John Morgan Wilson has focused his novels on hard-luck and battered ex-journalist, Benjamin Justice, and his difficult crawl toward some kind of personal and professional redemption. By the time of the events in Simple Justice, Benjamin Justice, at age thirty-eight, has already known incredible highs and lows in his life, both professionally and personally. A man haunted by his past, Justice also knows the pangs of loss- his lover of ten years having died of AIDS.

The Limits of Justice (Benjamin Justice Mystery, John Morgan Wilson is the author of several novels in the Benjamin Justice series as well as two co-written books with band leader Peter Duchin.

The Limits of Justice (Benjamin Justice Mystery, ISBN. 0553578618 (ISBN13: 9780553578614). John Morgan Wilson is the author of several novels in the Benjamin Justice series as well as two co-written books with band leader Peter Duchin. He lives in West Hollywood, CA. Other books in the series. Benjamin Justice (8 books). Books by John Morgan Wilson

Ben Justice is back, investigating another Hollywood mystery. A beautifully flawed character, he continues to struggle with alcoholism and guilt, while trying to figure out who killed a young script.

Benjamin Justice is a disgraced journalist living in Los Angeles. Shelve The Limits of Justice.

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Benjamin Justice, a disgraced journalist in his mid-forties, is slowly putting his life back together. John Morgan Wilson is the author of four previous novels featuring Benjamin Justice and is the co-author of Blue Moon with Peter Duchin. Under contract to write his tumultuous life story, Justice is trying to put all the elements of his life into perspective for the first time. When trying to locate his childhood priest, however, he runs into a bureaucratic stone wall. He won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel for Simple Justice and the Lambda Literary Award for Justice at Risk and The Limits of Justice. He lives in West Hollywood, California.

From the Edgar Award-Winning author of Justice at RiskFor ex-reporter Benjamin Justice life has hit rock bottom — HIV positive, no job, no hope, no future. Then a young woman comes to his door with a handsome job offer — to ghostwrite a payback book.Someone has written a bio attacking her father, the late Rod Preston, a onetime Hollywood hunk. Rod was not all he seemed on the big screen — or so says the sleazy bio. The actor is linked to a shadowy world of powerful men, sinister perversion, and blood-chilling crimes so shocking, they give Justice a reason to fight the good fight once again.But no sooner has Justice cashed his advance check than Rod's loyal daughter unexpectedly turns up dead in her bedroom, a needle in her arm. The authorities rule her death a suicide, but Justice knows there's more to the story.Armed only with rumor and circumstantial evidence, Justice goes looking for the truth and discovers that the secrets he seeks lie hidden behind a web of deadly games and unspeakable depravity. To uncover them Justice may have to risk not just his life but his soul....
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In "The Limits of Justice," John Morgan Wilson takes his tragic protagonist, Benjamin Justice, through another murder investigation that parallels the former journalist's ongoing struggles with a failed career, lost love and a newly diagnosed HIV infection. Author Wilson is a wonderful story teller and gifted plot spinner, but the living hell that he creates for his principal character and the substance of the crimes at the core of this novel, were heavier than in the other "Justice" books that I've tried--and may be beyond the pale for many readers. At the same time, redemption or the promise of redemption does figure in this story and ultimately rescues it from its otherwise unrelenting brutality and hopelessness.

As other reviewers have mentioned, "The Limits..." is about the exploitation of children, and specifically poor immigrant children, by men with money and power. The perpetrators are portrayed in the darkest and most extreme terms which gives real power and credibility to Benjamin Justice's outrage and motivation to foil them.

Author Wilson is at his best when he writes about his protagonist's inner demons and his ambivalence about the future. A reminder that a past can be so horrific that hope for the future has little chance to grow. Wilson's descriptions of Los Angeles, Southern California and Tijuana are knowing and highly credible, and frame the story well. The supporting cast of characters in the "Justice" series is also well rendered and also gives heart and balance to the otherwise bleak episodes that Benjamin Justice endures.

"The Limits of Justice" is well-written, but first time readers of the series might enjoy other titles better.
I actually put off reading this latest visit to the "dark and depraved" world of Benjamin Justice for six months because, frankly, he's a very depressing drunk. So far, I have faithfully followed him through SIMPLE JUSTICE and REVISION OF JUSTICE waiting for an end to his ten-year self-imposed banishment from life to mourn the AIDS death of lover Jacques while attempting to atone for the mistake he made that ruined his career. Finally, I figured things were looking up for Ben in JUSTICE AT RISK. But fate and author John Morgan Wilson had more dastardly things in store for him by the end of that adventure...a forced HIV infection and the paralyzing stoke that put his mentor Harry Brofsky into a nursing home. That brings us to THE LIMITS OF JUSTICE, which I finally picked up and couldn't put down!
The book opens with the death of Harry Brofsky, the end of Justice's six-month affair with Cuervo Gold, his continued physical deterioration from HIV and a knock on his door. The person doing the knocking is Charlotte Preston, daughter of the late Hollywood action hunk Rod Preston. Someone has written a sleazy exposé biography of her father, and she wants retaliate by hiring Justice to ghostwrite a smear of the biographer. Justice banks his advance on the project, but before he can begin work on it he discovers Preston's dead body. The coroner says suicide, but Justice knows it was murder! Naturally, his journalistic tendencies force him to continue his investigation...an investigation that will take him from the homes of the Hollywood rich and famous to the squalor of hustler bars in Tijuana.
Disproving my initial reservations, the book was actually a very interesting read. However, I must be becoming jaded and depraved in my old age, I surmised all the shocking surprises and "the twisted perversions and crimes almost too horrible to believe" long before author Wilson even got around to describing them. (Okay, so I thought the dismemberment murder was part of the cover-up.) Anyway, things are looking up for Justice again, and I can't wait for fate to step back in and slap him around for the next installment. I enjoyed the book and you should, too!
In "The Limits of Justice" John Morgan Wilson returns with Benjamin Justice, a tough, sexy, mid 40's, gay man who was once a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. When the piece he had written was said to be fabricated he was stripped of the honor, and much of his pride and dignity. Now after a six month drinking binge, and a recent diagnosis of HIV, he finds himself in the potentially lucrative position of working for a woman named Charlotte Preston. Her father Rod was a handsome matinee idol back in the forties, and now a scathing posthumous tell all has just been released claiming there were plenty of skeletons in his closet. Charlotte wants Benjamin to investigate the writer. To concoct a counter tell all book about this man she feels has slandered her father's name. No sooner has she signed a check to Justice for commencement of services, he finds her dead. Suddenly his investigation into the death of Charlotte and the life of her father begin to reveal a trail of carefully guarded secrets that are only too horrible to imagine. John Morgan Wilson manages to really hit his stride with this novel. The previous three were almost relentlessly dark in their portrayal of the seedier underbelly of Los Angeles. Here, although Justice is faced with some heavy odds in his own life, he attempts to face the demons both internal and external with renewed vigor and strength.It's also been interesting to watch how the characters adapt and change in their relationships with one another, specifically between Justice and his reporter friend Alexandra Templeton On a side note, one of the really nice things about reading the four Justice books is I've learned more about Southern California's topography and the region's history by his in depth and enlightening descriptions of the surrounding areas.