The literary marketing firm, Little Bird Publicity, provided a free copy of An Equal Justice, by Chad Zunker, in exchange for an honest review. It’s a legal mystery/thriller that explores the plight of the homeless, as well as corruption in huge law firms. In this book I learned that, while some homelessness is due to mental illness and chronic disability, the single greatest cause of homelessness is due to the catastrophic loss of family.
Fresh out of law school, David Adams takes a position at the large and prestigious firm of Hunter & Kellerman in Austin, Texas. On day one, Nick, an associate tells him to get out while he can. The next day Nick is found dead.
Soon David finds himself entangled in a maze of power, greed, murder, and political ambition. Growing up poor, David, his sister, and their mother had a brief period of homelessness, and David vows never to be hungry again.
After Benny, a homeless man saves his life, David gives him clothes and food. They becomes friends and Benny, a former Naval intelligence officer, introduces David to his friends at The Camp, a tent enclave built by and for homeless men. It is the men’s faith that keeps them going, and it gradually becomes apparent that the men at The Camp may hold a key to solving the conspiracy that has led to several recent murders.
I thoroughly enjoyed this suspenseful tale. Mystery lovers everywhere will enjoy An Equal Justice, and will be happy to know Mr. Zunker is already at work on another David Adams book.
What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
- Incorrect word usage: “real” vs. “really”, “whom” vs. “who”;
- Foreign language words not italicized;
- A minor syntax problem;
- Beginning sentences with conjunctions;
- A large number of split infinitives.