BOOK REVIEW - 25 to Life by John Lansing
25 to Life
by John Lansing
August 21 - September 15, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
25 to Life is the fifth and latest installment in the Jack Bertolino series, written by John Lansing in the propulsive, cinematic, page-turning style he has become known for.
Gloria Millhouse, a beautiful African American law student, is working with the Project for the Innocent. She has done extensive research on inmate Carl Forbes, who she believes was wrongfully arrested, convicted and incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit, the sexual assault and brutal murder of a teenage girl in Los Angeles twenty-three years ago. Gloria dies in a car crash on Malibu Canyon Road after questioning powerful, politically-connected men who were witnesses at Carl's trial and knew the victim personally. Private investigator Jack Bertolino is brought on to discover the truth behind Gloria's death. Was her crash simply a random accident or a conspiracy to prevent the courts from reopening the case and granting Carl Forbes a new trial? Jack believes that Gloria was murdered, and as the body count rises, it becomes clear that if Jack can find Gloria's killer, he will also find the man responsible for the teenager's assault and murder. And Carl Forbes can walk out of prison a free man.
Praise for 25 to Life:
“Los Angeles–based private investigator delves into a murder with ties to a wrongfully convicted man in Lansing’s detective novel.”
“The author packs this latest installment in the Jack Bertolino series with new and returning characters. Gloria’s mysterious death is the catalyst, but it’s this vibrant cast that truly propels the tense narrative. The author’s incisive writing sets Jack on the investigation right away, and succinct chapters breeze by as he compiles a suspect list and looks into a host of crimes. Even as the culprits become more apparent, Jack must still prove they’re guilty. It all leads to a superb ending and the unmistakable sense that this series is nowhere close to slowing down.”
“Razor-sharp characters propel a taut, suspenseful thriller.”
~ Kirkus Reviews
25 to Life is the fifth book in the John Bertolini series. This is the first book I’ve read of this series, and it reads fine as a standalone. Though the writing is so good, I’ll be circling back to read the rest of the series.
Set in West Los Angeles, Gloria Millhouse, a beautiful African American law student is working on a Project for the Innocent. Having done extensive research on inmate Carl Forbes, she believes he’s been wrongfully convicted of a horrific crime he did not commit. 23 years ago, Carl was arrested, convicted, and incarcerated for the sexual assault and brutal murder of a teenage girl in Los Angeles.
After questioning powerful, politically connected men Gloria dies in a car crash on Malibu Canyon Road. These men were witnesses at Carl’s trial and knew the victim personally. PI Jack Bertolino is brought in to find the truth behind Gloria’s death. Was her accident random or a conspiracy to prevent the courts from reopening Carl’s case and giving him a new trial?
This book is well written with attention to detail for both the characters and the crime procedural aspects of the book. This crime thriller is fast-paced and will keep the reader engaged from start to finish. The writing style pulled me in and didn’t let go until I was done with the book. It’s so good I stayed up well into the night because I had to know the end. Filled with suspense and uncertainty, this book has it all – cover up, murder, power, political interpersonal relationships, and a wrongful conviction. The twist and turns kept me engaged and wanting more. I highly recommend this series and look forward to the next installment.
Published by: White Street Press
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Number of Pages: 276
ISBN: 979-8-9885 166-1-3
Series: The Jack Bertolino Series, 5
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John Lansing is the author of four thrillers featuring Jack Bertolino—The Devil’s Necktie, Blond Cargo, Dead Is Dead, and The Fourth Gunman—as well as the true-crime non-fiction book Good Cop Bad Money, written with former NYPD Inspector Glen Morisano. He has been a writer and supervising producer on Walker, Texas Ranger, the co-executive producer of the ABC series Scoundrels, and co-wrote two MOWs for CBS. The Devil’s Necktie is in development at Andria Litto’s Amuse Entertainment, with Barbara DeFina attached as a producer.
A native of Long Island, John now resides in Los Angeles.
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