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CHRISTY AWARD WINNING NOVEL THE COLOR OF JUSTICE by ACE COLLINS REVIEWED


The Color of Justice
By Ace Collins
Published by Abingdon
ISBN#978-1-4267-7003-6
351 Pages

Back Cover: 1964 - Justice, Mississippi, is a town divided. White and black. Rich and
poor. Rule makers and rule breakers. Right or wrong, everyone assumes
their place behind a fragile fa├žade that is about to crumble.  When
attorney Coop Lindsay agrees to defend a black man accused of murdering a
white teenager, the bribes and death threats don’t intimidate him. As
he prepares for the case of a lifetime, the young lawyer knows it’s the
verdict that poses the real threat—innocent or guilty, because of his
stand Coop is no longer welcome in Justice. As he follows his
conscience, he wonders just how far some people will go to make sure he
doesn’t finish his job?

2014 - To some, the result of the trial still feels like a fresh wound even
fifty years later, when Coop’s grandson arrives in Justice seeking
answers to the questions unresolved by the trial that changed his
family’s legacy. When a new case is presented, again pitting white
against black, this third generation Lindsay may have the opportunity he
needs to right the wrongs of the past.

REVIEW: It’s 1964; Cooper Lindsay’s has just moved his family back to Justice his hometown. –“…three months of living in the sleepy community where five generations of his family had called home had proven two things…. The first was something he liked: Justice was the same quaint town he remembered from his youth. The second was something he hated: Justice was still the same quaint town he remembered from his youth…“Yet, while on the surface things were seemingly wonderful, beneath the top layers of his new old life there was something troubling Coop more each day. He’d never noticed it growing up. It had never concerned him then. But now, the racial divisions so accepted in Justice ate at him like the cancer that had killed his mother. A generation after Jackie Robinson had integrated baseball, this town still functioned the same way it had for decades. Black and whites co – existed but didn’t mingle…there was an accepted double standard in Justice no one dared challenge. Though it was a part of everyone’s life, no one seemed to notice except him.”

This author does a brilliant job of turning back the clock to 1964; readers feel the racial tension and get a front row seat to the corrupt justice system plaguing this town that is filled with hate and stuck in time. Things boil over when a college aged black man named Calvin is accused of murdering Becky, a young high school girl. Calvin’s mother Hattie goes to Coop’s office begging him to take her son’s case. She knows in her heart of hearts her son didn’t kill Becky, a young white girl she helped raised. Hattie knew that hatred was strong, emotions raw and high, and times were turbulent. Cooper knew this too; “Hate destroys everything it touches, and the Lindsay family will not escape unscathed!” The stakes were high. Coop knew the whole town would turn on him in a heartbeat if and/or when he defended Calvin.


Coop talks it over with his wife and they decide to take this case no matter the cost.
He couldn’t help but remember his father preaching from Luke 10: 25-37about the Good Samaritan; it pulls at his heart strings. Coop asks God to give him and his family the courage and faith to do the right thing. He was blind when he last lived in Justice but now he sees! He can’t turn his back on this young man.

This is Ace Collin at his finest. I found that his characters and situation jumped off the pages and into my heart. This is an engrossing suspenseful story that is filled with mystery, drama and a few plot twists. It was also hard to read in parts because of the racial profiling, bigotry and injustice. This is a riveting, page-turner with a complex layered story set in a small southern town that holds tight to its secrets. This novel won a Christy Award June 2015. You’ll want to add this to your summer reading list! This is a great one for book clubs too!

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WANT to read MORE Historical fiction by Ace Collins Check out his PRESIDENT'S SERVICE series http://goo.gl/xfg2w1 CLICK on BOOK COVER  to see more!




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