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Author: John Morgan Wilson
ISBN: 1602820570
Language: English
Pages: 247 pages
Category: Social Sciences
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 22, 2008)
Rating: 4.2
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Sub: Politics

John Morgan Wilson accomplishes this in his first, Edgar winning novel, Simple Justice (1996).

John Morgan Wilson accomplishes this in his first, Edgar winning novel, Simple Justice (1996). 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.

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John Morgan Wilson is the author of four previous novels featuring Benjamin Justice and is the co-author of "Blue Moon" with Peter Duchin

John Morgan Wilson is the author of four previous novels featuring Benjamin Justice and is the co-author of "Blue Moon" with Peter Duchin. 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.

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When a pretty-boy cokehead is murdered outside a gay bar in a working class district of Los Angeles, and a young Latino quickly confesses to the crime, it appears the case is closed

When a pretty-boy cokehead is murdered outside a gay bar in a working class district of Los Angeles, and a young Latino quickly confesses to the crime, it appears the case is closed. Benjamin Justice, a disgraced former reporter with the Los Angeles Times, is lured out of his alcoholic seclusion to look more deeply into the murder. But why would a teenager confess to a brutal gang initiation killing he didn't commit? Only Benjamin Justice understands, but with his credibility shattered, no one's listening.

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Wilson telegraphs each punch like a man who just can't keep a secret to himself. But sensitive Justice, once he's come to terms with his demons, should be well worth an encore. Questions? Call us! 88. 85.

1997 - John Morgan Wilson, Simple Justice. 1998 - Joseph Kanon, Los Alamos. 1999 - Steve Hamilton, A Cold Day in Paradise. Lists of writers by award. Mystery and detective fiction awards. 2000 - Eliot Pattison, The Skull Mantra. 2001 - David Liss, A Conspiracy of Paper. 2002 - David Ellis, Line of Vision.

Following the death of his lover and a scandal involving his Pulitzer Prize-winning article, crime reporter Benjamin Justice has fallen into a hazy, alcoholic reclusiveness, hiding out in the West Hollywood neighborhood known as the Norma Triangle. He is called back to the world of the living by an unexpected, and unwelcome, visit from Harry Brofsky, his former boss. Brofsky wants Ben to do some background work (strictly off the record) with another reporter on the investigation of a seemingly motiveless killing outside a local gay bar.

Sucked in for reasons even he doesn't quite understand, Justice finds himself back in the life of gay bars, spurned lovers, dysfunctional families, and tawdry secrets--all the things he had been trying to escape. While fending off passes from his sexy, young female partner, he finds himself falling hopelessly in love with the man he must ultimately nail for murder--a killing that turns out to have far more personal and political implications than a simple bias crime.

"Simple Justice" is a subtly plotted mystery that takes a piercing look at not only violent crime but violations of the heart and soul in the sometimes glamorous, more often dark and dangerous gay life of West Hollywood.

Comments (7)
Rleillin
It must be something about the California climate, but that state keeps producing one good mystery writer after another: Joseph Hansen, Walter Mosley, Michael Nava and now John Morgan Wilson. His first novel SIMPLE JUSTICE is told from the viewpoint of Benjamin Justice, a former journalist who had to give back a Pulitzer-- hey, this character is right up to date-- for writing about what appears to be two fictional characters, one of whom is dying of AIDS. He is coerced into coming out of his alcoholic retirement by his former boss Harry Brofsky to work on a story about a murder outside a gay bar in Los Angeles. Besides these two, Wilson creates other memorable characters. Justice's landlords, Maurice and Fred, could have become stereotypes, but they don't. Alex Templeton, a black heterosexual reporter, makes for an interesting character as does the closeted tennis chamption Samantha Eliason. Wonder whom she's based on.
Wilson avoids doing what many mystery writers do, i.e., he doesn't make the story a treatise on some profession-- journalism, college professors, police departments, for example. Also, the narrative is fast-paced and you do not see the scaffolding underpinning the story line. Most importantly, the characters, particularly Justice, are fully developed as people. Justice actually becomes more self-aware and actually grows as a character, something I don't expect from a mystery character. Finally, Wilson makes a political statement but does it with finesse and subtlety.
There are nice touches. Wilson pays tribute to Walter Mosley by having Samantha Eliason's beefy bodyguard reading Mosley's mystery BLACK BETTY, for instance.
The novel is ultimately quite moving as Wilson takes on difficulty subjects: relationships, homophobia, single gay parents, dysfunctional families, love, forgiveness. SIMPLE JUSTICE is simply a very good mystery.
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Given the plethora of mystery novels on the market today, if a writer is going to launch a series of mystery novels, especially using Los Angeles as the central locale, in order to achieve success, the writer is going to have to take extraordinary efforts to make their work unique. John Morgan Wilson accomplishes this in his first, Edgar winning novel, Simple Justice (1996). What distinguishes Simple Justice from the multitude of other mystery titles available is the complex, yet very real character of Wilson's protagonist, Benjamin Justice.
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. And there are deeper scars that weigh this man's soul-- scars reaching back to when he was a teen, living in a home with a physically abusive father and one terrible night in particular that would forever change the landscape of Justice's family and his life.
With the ironically named Benjamin Justice, Wilson has created a character that, because of his personal history, should know more about justice-- or the lack of it-- than most and a character that is motivated by the highest code of right and wrong. Therefore, when he is given a second chance by his former editor to work in journalism again, Justice is extremely reluctant to
open old wounds, but when he does, he does so with a keen sense that nothing is more critical than the truth and that he owes it to himself and those few who have stuck by him to always find that truth.
Narrated by Benjamin Justice, Simple Justice has elements of a modern noir detective novel to it with plenty of edge to the story without becoming a parody of classic hard-boiled detective fiction ala Chandler and Hammett. Justice finds himself dealing with a cast of unique characters,
all of whom have traits which cast suspicion upon them. Though the murder plot to be found in Simple Justice is well done, the turmoil in Benjamin Justice's own life is as real and captivating to the reader as who done it.
Although the way it is presented telegraphs the identity of the true murderer in advance, the final confrontation between Justice and Billy's killer is gripping and worthy of the best of Perry Mason. All in all, Simple Justice is an impressive, satisfying mystery with an exceptionally well-drawn and sympathetic protagonist, that belies the fact that it is a first novel.
Cordaron
I�m not comfortable posting raves. I�m always suspicious of the ones I read, since many of them sound like a publisher�s secretary paraphrasing their own ad copy. This is an exception.
Simple Justice deserved the awards and accolades it got. I am a mystery buff with a bad habit of sticking to �tried and true� writers. I went looking for fresh authors recently. Out of about twenty �new� talents, this is the one real gem I found.
Unlike the homophobe who posted in 1997, whether I personally like a character or his/her motivations is irrelevant to me. I want tight, convincing prose, an interesting mystery that doesn�t cheat, and a collection of unique characters that remain true to themselves and grow during the book. Wilson gave me all of that and more.
The writing is truly award-caliber. Each character is deliciously flawed and extremely well-realized. The mystery is a great first effort, and aside from the �Perry Mason� confession, I was intrigued throughout. Yes, any student of mysteries would pick the killer from the �line up� in the first half of the novel, but it�s still a good read. I recommend this book, with the single caveat that mystery novelists of the last ten years have become obsessed with the ... exploits of their characters, and Wilson is no exception. Since his characters are ..., expect ... (duh). Alternately, you can skip the ... scenes and jump straight (no pun intended) into a first-rate mystery novel.
Celace
I'm not sure how I'm only now discovering this series, but just … wow! Great writing, complex characters, dark mysteries. After reading the first one, I ordered all of them, even the ones that aren't yet available on Kindle.
Burilar
Benjamin is depressed after losing his partner to AIDS and his Pulitzer. His friend Harry comes to him after several years and asks for his help...the story flows through from there...you don't know who committed the murder until the last two chapters...AWESOME!!! When is the movie coming out?
Kanal
Of the two Justice books I've read, I enjoyed this the most. Read them out of order, but it created no issues. Will read more.