Book Review: Beyond Justice

27 Mar

-382180778Sam Hudson, a reputable San Diego attorney, learns this when the authorities wrongfully convict him of the brutal rape and murder of his wife and daughter, and sends him to death row. There he awaits execution by lethal injection. If he survives that long. In prison, Sam fights for his life while his attorney works frantically on his appeal. It is then that he embraces the faith of his departed wife and begins to manifest supernatural abilities. Abilities which help him save lives- his own, those of his unlikely allies-and uncover the true killer’s identity, unlocking the door to his exoneration. Now a free man, Sam’s newfound faith confronts him with the most insurmountable challenge yet. A challenge beyond vengeance, beyond rage, beyond anything Sam believes himself capable of: to forgive the very man who murdered his family, according to his faith. But this endeavor reveals darker secrets than either Sam or the killer could ever have imagined. Secrets that hurtle them into a fateful collision course.

 

Beyond-Justice-Joshua-Graham-AuthorWINNER OF the INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (Beyond Justice), #1 bestselling author Joshua Graham‘s award-winning novel DARKROOM hit 3 bestseller lists on Amazon the night of its release.

CBS NEWS described DARKROOM as a book with “action, political intrigue and well-rounded characters…a novel that thriller fans will devour.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY described BEYOND JUSTICE as: “A riveting legal thriller…breaking new ground with a vengeance…demonically entertaining and surprisingly inspiring.”

Suspense Magazine listed BEYOND JUSTICE in its BEST OF 2010, alongside titles by Scott Turrow, Ted Dekker, Steven James and Brad Thor.

His short story THE DOOR’S OPEN won the HarperCollins Authonomy Competition (Christmas 2010.)

Many of Graham’s readers blame him for sleepless nights, arriving to work late, neglected dishes and family members, and not allowing them to put the book down.

Josh grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD).

Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children on the West Coast. Several of Graham’s short fiction works have been published under various pen names by Pocket Books and Dawn Treader Press. Writing under the pen name Ian Alexander, Graham debuted with his first Epic Fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in multiple categories and Award-Winning Finalist in the SciFi/Fantasy category of The USA “Best Books 2011 Awards, as well as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category of The USA “Best Books 2011 Awards, and an Award Winner in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards in the Teen/Young Adult category. ONCE WE WERE KINGS is available in ebook and hardcover editions.

 

My Impressions:

Not your typical Christian book. That is how I would first describe Joshua Graham’s novel, Beyond Justice. While it does have may of the elements of recognizable Christian suspense — characters that struggle with God’s plans, good vs. evil working in the characters’ lives, and a few salvation scenes — it is its edginess, its dark violence, adult situations and use of profanity that might turn a Christian audience away. Yet it all seems to work within this author’s framework. If you are offended by an R rated book, then please don’t get this one. But if you want a gritty, realistic look at sin and redemption, you just might like Beyond Justice.

Sam Hudson steps into his home thinking a date night is on the agenda with his wife. but what he finds is the stuff of nightmares, not romantic dreams. His wife and daughter brutally murdered and his son bludgeoned into a coma, the nightmare deepens when Sam is arrested for the crimes. Rejected by co-workers and friends, vilified by the press, Sam finds unlikely support from his wife’s church. Although he has long dismissed God and His followers, when faced with a loss of everything, Sam finds comfort from those he just recently dismissed. But the story doesn’t end there. Sam faces deeper and deeper pits of agony and despair.

Beyond Justice is first a suspense-filled mystery. There is courtroom drama, a man falsely accused and convicted and the fight to find true justice. This could be a John Grisham novel. But Graham adds a spiritual dimension that will have you holding your breath and examining what you believe about the nature and power of God. As I said, it is not for the faint of heart. But amidst the darkness, a glimmer of hope continues to shine as God works things out in His way. The characters react realistically when forced to endure adversity and extend forgiveness. There are some really weird and believable spiritual elements. Beyond Justice is definitely real world.

I really enjoyed this book. As I said, there are a few things that might offend. But the novel is a realistic, not whitewashed,  depiction of life in this sad and fallen world.

Recommended, with an adults only advisory.

(Thanks to Partners in Crime and the author for my review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To purchase this book, click on the image below. The Kindle version is currently $3.99!

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One Response to “Book Review: Beyond Justice”

  1. Lance Wright March 27, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about this legal thriller with us.

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