Justice by Another Name
By E.C. Hanes
THRILLING MURDER MYSTERY SET IN ONE OF THE SOUTH’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL INDUSTRIES
If Lana Reavis can’t get justice for her husband’s death, will she get vengeance?
In the second title by distinguished North Carolina author E.C. Hanes, Justice by Another Name [March 7, 2017, RaneCoat Press] readers are submerged in the profitable but much-maligned hog industry in North Carolina when Paul Reavis’ suspicious workplace death is followed up by the similarly questionable demise of his own son.
A thunderous, unforgettable opening sets the breakneck pace of Justice by Another Name, a page-turner that keeps readers guessing to the very last sentence. Hanes knows eastern North Carolina—its people, culture, and geography—and brings it to life with wonderful documentary precision that authenticates every word.
Lana Reavis, who believes her husband was murdered and her son the victim of deliberate negligence, enlists the aid of her long-ago boyfriend, Will Moser, who is currently chief deputy of Hogg County and the heir apparent to the local sheriff.
As Will’s investigation unfolds, suspicious activities and cover-ups begin to emerge. All evidence points to Oris Martin, the powerful owner of Martin Farms, a huge hog-production enterprise and Hogg County’s largest employer, as the mastermind. Despite political pressure and physical threats to look the other way, Will continues his search for what really happened. Meanwhile, Lana, convinced that Oris will be beyond the reach of justice, devises a plan to avenge her family and destroy everything precious to Oris Martin.
“Whether it has been greed, ego, or some psychosis, the human urge to accumulate power, which is at the center of my book, has been the main source of evil and primary fuel for mankind’s continual self destruction,” says Hanes.
E.C. “Redge” Hanes began his business career working for the famous apparel company started by his great grandfather after graduating from Duke University in 1967 and a tour in Viet Nam in 1969 and 1970 where he was awarded a bronze star. Hanes has served on the boards of several prestigious wildlife conservation, environmental, educational, and arts-related organizations in North Carolina. His debut novel, Billy Bowater, was based on the behind-the-scenes politics of North Carolina with particular focus on the period dominated by the late senator Jesse Helms. Hanes lives in Winston-Salem, NC.
My Review: This book is really slow to start. You get some action in the very beginning but then it kind of dies out for a bit. Overall, it was a good book and was very well written. I would have liked a little more insight into why everyone thought the Sheriff was so uppity and if he really was. This book will keep you guessing until the end.