Book Review: The Color of Justice

19 Feb

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:37


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.


ace-collins-199x300Bestselling author Ace Collins has written more than fifty books including novels Farraday Road, Swope’s Ridge and Words of the Father, as well as the nonfiction Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, grAttitudes, and Lassie: A Dog’s Life. His books have become movies and network television specials. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the NBC Nightly News and The Today Show and has been featured in the Distinguished Lecture Series at the National Archives in Washington D.C. Ace Collins has sold more than 1.5 million books during his career.


My Impressions:

The Color of Justice is By The Book’s February selection, and preliminary polls indicate this one will get two thumbs up! Ace Collins has long been a favorite of mine. He writes thought-provoking fiction that is no less entertaining. And his latest novel is my favorite by far. Have you read this book? We are meeting tomorrow to discuss it. We would love to have your thoughts.

Justice, Mississippi in 1964 is a segregated small town where blacks and whites know their place. When a horrible murder disturbs the peace, the ugliness that is exposed is not just the crime. A young black man is accused and the controlling white population is ready to try, convict and mete out justice even before a trial takes place. But Cooper “Coop” Lindsey confronts his own prejudices and the words of his minister father and takes on the highly controversial case. What results is a page-turning, legal suspense novel that explores more than the legal and cultural atmosphere of the South in the 60s. It causes the reader to examine what he truly believes and is willing to live out.

The Color of Justice is two stories in one. The majority of the action takes place during the summer of 1964. Collins has masterfully brought the life and times of that volatile period of the South into clear perspective. No punches are pulled in its description of the reality of life for both blacks and whites during that era. The fear of speaking out and standing for what is right is palatable as is the hate hidden from direct view, but real all the same. I came to love and care about the characters in this novel and literally gasped when that story concluded. Coop’s grandson returns to Justice in 2014 to get the answers he needs and ends up in the middle of a mystery and court case of his own. Long buried secrets are exposed and provide the characters and the reader the closure they need. A strong message of faith is threaded throughout the book, and I loved how Collins used Coop’s minister father’s message of the Good Samaritan to influence his son long after his death.

The Color of Justice is certainly going to be on my Best of The Best list this year. Great for book club discussions, I highly recommend it.

Highly Recommended.

Great for Book Clubs.

Audience: older teens to adults.

(I purchased this book for my Kindle. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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2 Responses to “Book Review: The Color of Justice”

  1. Carole February 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Wonderful review, Beckie! I’m going to read one of his books as soon as I can make time.

    • rbclibrary February 21, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

      Ace Collins is an excellent storyteller. I highly recommend the Yellow Packard too.

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