LADY JUSTICE ON THE DARK SIDE by Robert Thornhill

lady-justiceA faux police procedural semi-thriller.  I say faux because our protagonist has just retired from the Kansas City police force at age 70, has nothing to do, and gets sucked into helping his half-brother in a stakeout to photo whoever is stealing furs out the back door of an expensive fur shop. (Turns out to be the owner’s relative, and said owner is  a tough guy type, and said relative was found swimming with the fishies a few days later.  Justice served.

This is the kabillionth volume in the apparently endless Lady Justice series,  and is an easy read, but nevertheless does address some of the more profound issues we face.  Let me give you a little background.

The series starts with Walt, 65, retired and bored.  He ends up somehow on the police force in the City Retiree Action Patrol, or C.R.A.P.  Unlikely as this may be,  a few more older guys are also recruited.  Walt is teamed up with Ox for his partner,  and they have many fine adventures through innumerable books, until this one, when Walt takes a bullet in his butt, and he and his wife say enough, and he retires. 

When Walt thinks about the result of his photographing the perp, his sense of morality kicks in, and although justice WAS served, was it served correctly? He thinks,

Maybe not the justice of the lady in the flowing white robe wearing a blindfold, but the justice of her sister, the one in the skin-tight skirt, fishnet stockings and high heels.

So as the story progresses, we are offered the opportunity to muse on that age-old conundrum:  do the ends justify the means, or are means simply means?

Walt has a collected of what are called ‘zany’ sidekicks, or ancillary characters, but I did not find them zany so much as endearing and likeable, and basically, that is what this whole series is:  likable.

Walt ends up opening up his own P.I. firm, and an older female doctor hires him because someone is stalking her. Turns out to be her half-nephews.  Is there such a thing?  The sons of her half brother.  She discovers through Walt’s investigation that her father was not her biological father, and all that leads to a convoluted side story, which ends up in another improbable twist,  which leaves us all shaking our heads, thinking WTF?

But really, it was still an enjoyable and easy read, a palate cleanser between Mike Lofgren’s The Deep State, (a depressing look at the realities of our government, which I am only a third through because it is so disheartening), and Craig A. Falconer’s Not Alone, (an extremely long sci fi book about alien artifacts found on the planet and the government’s response, also very disheartening), so you can see that having a little fun with Walt and his buddies was definitely needed.

What struck me the most was the fact that the author began writing at age 66, and in five years has written 19 books in this series, seven volumes in a series of chapter books for kids, a mini autobiography, and a cookbook.  A cookbook!  hahahahaha   So, yeah, this book has the feel of a guy going, ‘I can crunch this out in a week, and then we can go to the beach’, because although it touches all the bases – shootings, blood, dead people, murder, moral musings, colorful side characters and side story line, touch on is the operative phrase, nothing too heavy, and in spite of the dead people, we are not disheartened.

Geez.  I could be churning out books like this.  If I could write.  And had any story ideas.  And wasn’t so lazy.

Oh!  Guess what!  It is free on Amazon.   I do so love free.  https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Justice-Dark-Robert-Thornhill-ebook/dp/B00T224WT2

 

 

 

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