Title: Revision of Justice
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 0385482353 A Benjamin Justice Mystery. This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine gilt. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 002309
Synopsis: In Hollywood, many people would kill for a movie deal, and in Revision of Justice--the scathing follow-up to John Morgan Wilson's Edgar Award-winning first novel--somebody does.
There's a Hollywood one never gets to see on Oscar night, the Hollywood of wannabes, has-beens, and never-weres. It's this hidden Hollywood that Benjamin Justice finds when he accompanies Alexandra Templeton--the go-getting young journalist he met in Wilson's previous novel, Simple Justice--to an open house at the home of the well-known teacher of screenwriting Gordon Cantwell. Templeton is on assignment, but the body she finds in Cantwell's garden isn't part of her story, and Justice suspects that the death isn't natural, either.
The dead man is Raymond Farr, born Reza JaFari, and as it turns out, almost anyone at the party might have wanted him dead. The quintessential Hollywood deal maker, Farr's credentials were as phony as his name, and his scruples were as nonexistent as his credits. Justice--ever the investigative journalist, however reluctant--begins to nose around, and unearths a tangled web of relationships that lead him, finally, to the killer. Along the way he also reawakens a part of himself, the part he had kept buried, or preserved in alcohol, ever since the death of his lover from AIDS seven years before.
In Revision of Justice, John Morgan Wilson expands his world beyond the borders of West Hollywood to explore the tarnished detritus of Tinseltown, and his hero, Benjamin Justice, expands his world as well, as he begins to open up to the feelings he had been trying so hard to deny.
Review: John Morgan Wilson's Simple Justice won the coveted 1997 Edgar Award for best first novel by an American author. A brooding tale set in L.A.'s murky underside, Simple Justice featured Benjamin Justice, a gay reporter gone to drink and despair, who is forced into a sleuthing/reporting assignment, against his better judgement, by his ex-boss. Justice is back (and feeling somewhat better) in Revision of Justice, where he once again discovers that L.A.'s glittering high society is filled with gutter-level lowlifes ready to murder at a moment's notice. Wilson has an ear for crackling dialogue and an eye for the convincingly shabby detail (this is James M. Cain territory) but his real art lies in his ability to portray with integrity and intelligence the pain that all humans--journalists, victims, cops, murderers--experience as they live their lives.
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