The Color of Justice, by Ace Collins

book coverPublisher’s Summary:

Two racially charged cases. Two attorneys searching for the truth. But only one will stay alive long enough to find it. 


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 façade 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?


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. 

But hate destroys everything it touches, and the Lindsay family will not escape unscathed.

My Take:

Ace Collins returns with a taut thriller set during the turbulent times of the Civil Rights movement in the heart of Jim Crow country. Coop Lindsey’s family has lived in the ironically named town of Justice, Mississippi for over 100 years. His father was a much loved pastor, and Coop was equally as popular until he decided to defend young Calvin Ross. Ross is accused of murdering a teenage white girl, but it’s possible his only crime is being black. There isn’t much evidence to connect him to the murder, but the District Attorney insists the state has its man. This is the way things are in Justice, Coop is reminded. Why must he go changing them? Fifty years later, the repercussions of Coop’s decision are still being felt. His grandson is asked to defend a young man in a similar case, only now the colors are reversed. The defendant is white, the victim black. Can justice prevail in Justice?

It’s easy to get invested in Coop’s story and forget that his is just a part of the whole tale. This is just as well because two-thirds of the book is set in 1964, with only the final third being in 2014. It’s also my opinion that the 1964 section is stronger than its 2014 counterpart. The pivotal event of 2014 takes place in a courtroom, but is mostly exposition regarding both murders and a mystery concerning Coop and Calvin. There are a lot of tangled threads, but some of them get lost in the talking. It’s a shame, because there are some interesting revelations and there’s no statute of limitations on murder. Still, the 1964 storyline is definitely a worthwhile read which means you’ll want to read The Color of Justice to its end just to get to the truth of what actually happened during that time.

Thank you to Abingdon Press for my complimentary electronic copy of The Color of Justice, which I downloaded from NetGalley. No review was required.

Do you plan to read The Color of Justice? Let me know your thoughts.

Publisher: Abingdon Press

Publication Date: 07 October 2014

Page Count: 320

Read more on:   Abingdon Press’s Website   Ace Collins’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble

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