follow link The plot can be found elsewhere - murders leading to old hate-crime that was hushed up by now even more powerful people. Racism and homosexuality, as usual. Wilson revisits familiar characters and constellations, but this time the blond Peter whom J intercourses with simply doesn't feel wrong Teal's antagonism in book 2 had just felt illogical - maybe Wilson tries to write against some gay cliche, though I thought blond was less one than dark.
The supposedly real-love Oree didn't appeal to me at all, with his cool perfection and sophistication, and at one point in the book Justice admits he feels lonely with this perfect dream mate of his, so I hope it won't be THE ONE Finally, though obvious overall, these patterns are resolved in an unusual manner as well.
While the skipping of two important talks might have been a weakness, it might also have been on purpose; WHO actually ends it all saves-the-day just doesn't cut it is unusual, and I wonder if Wilson meant for the two guys in his last scene to be basically living dead. I feel the same way about this book as I do about the television series "Friends": I love the show but I detest the character Ross, and I love it when bad things happen to him. It's the same with the Justice series: I love the books, but I hate the character Benjamin Justice, and it doesn't bother me at all when bad things happen to him because he brings it on himself.
He rides roughshod over pretty much every single person he comes across, whether friend or foe. For some reason, John Morgan Wilson has written the Justice character so that everyone acquiesces to his demands, and if they don't comply immediately, Justice gets nasty with them.
He's not above threatening, and actually using, physical violence to get his way. So when bad things do happen to him, he deserves whatever he gets. I don't condone rape, but it happens to him and it's brutal. And I feel no pity for him because he brought it on himself, and also because he raped the Korean guy in the first book of the series. Justice may be the "good guy" of the series, but he's definitely not a good guy.
After a relatively mild start sexually this third title in the Benjamin Justice series turns to the much darker side of homosexual relationships and could serve as a warning for those curious about such affairs. The graphic and disturbing nature of the description adds to the tension of the mystery and accentuates the flaws of the protagonist who continues to emerge from his self-imposed exile.
I'll be seeking the next few titles in the series, 4 The Limits of Justice , 5 Blind Eye and 6 Moth After a relatively mild start sexually this third title in the Benjamin Justice series turns to the much darker side of homosexual relationships and could serve as a warning for those curious about such affairs.
I'll be seeking the next few titles in the series, 4 The Limits of Justice , 5 Blind Eye and 6 Moth and Flame on my next library visit. Aug 31, Robert rated it really liked it Shelves: One shouldn't read LA, especially LAPD, mystery novels if one has a low tolerance for violence, sex, and vicious characters.
That being said, the Benjamin Justice series continues to be a sharply drawn look at how power plays its games and how the pawns get sidelined routinely. The murder mystery isn't half of the whodunit aspects in this book and the motives are a very mixed bag that will disappoint those who like angels and demons rather than very failed, but trying humans. Justice is, in this One shouldn't read LA, especially LAPD, mystery novels if one has a low tolerance for violence, sex, and vicious characters. Justice is, in this third installment, now well established as the usual, though gay in this case, flawed investigator journalist, not PI and the world he moves around in is in the lower part of LA, with tentacles reaching up to the seen, but not heard higher ups.
The clues were rather obvious, but not their meaning which made the search for reasons and connections that much more interesting. Jun 03, Lori S. Sometimes I wonder if Benjamin Justice even knows how to quit, but that's neither here nor there, as his persistence not only answers questions which need to be asked, but also puts our, erm, intrepid hero in danger of the worst kind.
It's something he's going to have live with for the rest of his life and, yet, some how, he keeps surviving, keeps going in spite of himself. This is a good book and the series just seems to get better as we go. Next up and more than half-way read already The Limi Sometimes I wonder if Benjamin Justice even knows how to quit, but that's neither here nor there, as his persistence not only answers questions which need to be asked, but also puts our, erm, intrepid hero in danger of the worst kind. Next up and more than half-way read already The Limits of Justice Jul 04, Writerlibrarian rated it really liked it Shelves: Crisp, witty and quite dark.
This third novel in the Benjamin Justice series opens with Ben quietly celebrating his 40th birthday, getting a professional break witting for tv and being set up for a blind date. First person narrative that brings you along Ben's journey into trying to choose between what's bad for him and what's right. This book has more violence than the others and is more graphic in the description of this violence. Still it's a fast paced, tightly written mystery with a dark tw Crisp, witty and quite dark.
Still it's a fast paced, tightly written mystery with a dark twist. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I thought the story could have been wrapped up sooner and with less gratuitous violence. Benjamin Justice is such an in Excellent writing. Benjamin Justice is such an interesting character.
Jun 26, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: No doubt about it; I couldn't put it down. But an already gritty series takes a turn into very dark territory here, and I woke up the morning after I finished this with my stomach still turning.
I like the humanity of the main character enough that I will probably continue, but my stomach needs to settle first. Talk about a shitstorm of misery by the end and thankfully, followed by justice! The murder mystery is tautly told although the resolution is a bit of a cheat. However what I find most significant in this series is how Wilson seamlessly integrates the many issues encountered by the LGBTQ community into the narrative.
Mar 22, Kim rated it really liked it. There's a lot going on in this book, a little too much at times, but I found the story interesting. This is not a book for the faint of heart because some brutal stuff happens. I'm looking forward to the next Justice book. Jul 23, Jon added it Shelves: My favorite Benjamine Justice novel! This one will keep you guessing the entire time; mystery, murder, suspense, dark secrets, bdsm - and a thrill ride to keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page is turned!
Apr 02, Shanna rated it really liked it Shelves: Another great mystery, well plotted with great complex characters.
Poor Ben never gets a break does he? Joseph Alamo rated it really liked it Sep 14, Julie Austin Edwards rated it really liked it Nov 22, JSidelinger rated it really liked it Jan 22, Kevin rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Troy Daulton rated it it was amazing Jan 17, Anna rated it it was amazing Aug 24, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Limits of Justice Benjamin Justice, 4 4. Then the daughter of a onetime Hollywood hunk offers him a job to ghostwrite a payback book after a sleazy bio links the actor to a shadowy world of sinister perversion and blood-chilling crimes.
When she's found dead with a needle in her arm, Justice goes looking for the trut Ex-reporter Benjamin Justice is trying to come to terms with his HIV status, no job, and no hope.
When she's found dead with a needle in her arm, Justice goes looking for the truth. Paperback , pages. Published May 1st by Crimeline first published May 1st Lambda Literary Award for Gay Mystery To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Limits of Justice , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Limits of Justice. Lists with This Book.
One year on from the brutal attack that changed his life, Benjamin Justice struggles to stay alive. A year ago his life had started to come together but all of that changed leaving him with depression, suicidal thoughts and no hope. But life constantly moves and changes and things change once again when he is approached by a young woman Charlotte Preston to write a book about an author who had in turn written a book about her deceased father revealing him as a paedophile.
Benjamin decides to t One year on from the brutal attack that changed his life, Benjamin Justice struggles to stay alive. Benjamin decides to take up this golden opportunity but a few days after cashing his huge advanced cheque Charlotte calls him to cancel the work and a few days later Benjamin finds her dead in her home from a supposed suicide. But Benjamin knows there is more to this than meets the eye and decides to dig further with the help of his old 'friend' Alexandra Templeton who is now a journalist at the LA Times. And Benjamin does dig deeper uncovering a wide ring of evil and exploitation which eventually through many twists and turns leads him to the murderer.
Once again Benjamin drags himself to solve the crime despite his depression, his suicide ideation, his diagnoses, his loneliness and his refusal to accept help. The story reveals more than a crime and a murder, it reveals that the journalist within Benjamin is keeping him alive. As he works to solve the crime, confronting people, dicing with danger, rescuing dogs he slowly edges away from the cliff that he imagines jumping off, slowly, slowly finding his way back to life as well as finding the murderer.
This was a great book but also incredibly dark and troubling. Each book in this series gets better and better as we get to see Benjamin and the people around him changing and growing despite all that life throws at them. Benjamin is quite fearless in his attempts to find the truth but often this puts him in incredibly dangerous situations. Again and again he just manages to stay alive but we also get to see him gradually opening himself to the people who care for him and to the potential for love.
The story is gripping. The crimes, the misuse of power, the exploitation of the vulnerable, the blindness of the masses all feature here in one gritty and tension filled mystery. An excellent series and definitely one to follow through to the end! Jun 05, Lori S. Ben sure knows how to put himself in the middle of things. This is becoming a very bad habit. Benjamin begins to cope with his AIDS diagnosis. I'd give it 3. Coming up next, 5 Blind Eye. I liked the description of Benjamin's time in Tijuana and the border crossing experience rings true for the time period -- late s probably.
I don't actually have the hardcover version of the book; it's a soft cover "bound galley", not for sale. The more Justice books I read, the more disgusted I'm becoming.
Benjamin Justice is a despicable asshole because of the horrible way he treats people. He actually takes pride in it, at one point gloating in the fact that he was "ordering" someone to come out and talk to him. And what makes me even angrier is that everyone does it. They may put up a tiny protest, but then they immediately crump I don't actually have the hardcover version of the book; it's a soft cover "bound galley", not for sale.
They may put up a tiny protest, but then they immediately crumple. Wilson, but real people don't behave the way your characters do. They don't just unburden themselves to a total stranger who demands it of them. Limits' plot is centered around a ring of pedophiles who pick up young illegal immigrants boys and pass them around. Justice runs smack into their business when he's asked to write a tell all book by the daughter of a deceased movie star about the movie star's biographer.