Fixed in Blood by TE Woods
A Netgalley Review
This is part of the Justice Series. The 4th book.
Justice is being dispensed by an assassin. In the manner of a vigilante. Unofficially she is a law enforcer that dispenses death for a perceived injustice that the ‘real’ legal system is unable to deal with. The sentence never changes. And to carry out these sentences she is skilled in disguise, deception and dealing out death in unusual manners – all without incriminating herself.
However, the assassin has a day job. She is also a Psychologist and as such she realises that perhaps her manner of behaviour is perhaps not quite what it should be. She is also trying to develop a long term relationship without her partner knowing about her little sideline.
A long-service policeman has discovered her secret but he has also helped her in her work or has asked for her help in his work and thus they are joined together. He cannot turn her in now as if he did, he would also lose his job. Yet his son doesn’t know his secret and writes about the assassin through the stories in the newspapers.
What you start to question is your own morality.
When is it Justice and when is it murder?
Are vigilantes above the law?
Is it right to be the accountant for a crime family even if you can’t get another job?
Should you keep secrets from your partner? Even if it could send you to prison to tell?
And if you are a lawman, should you overlook criminal acts committed by a person that sometimes helps you solve other crimes or manages to punish those you can’t?
An interesting article (set of photos) in the Washington Times details the top ten vigilantes in US history – some fictional: http://www.washingtontimes.com/multimedia/collection/top-10-vigilantes/
Listverse says: “in real life, the issue of vigilantism is a lot more complex. While some vigilantes are sympathetic figures, others go too far in their desire for revenge. In some cases, completely innocent people wind up losing their lives.” http://listverse.com/2014/01/30/10-controversial-cases-of-vigilantism/
For instance in a number of U.S. cities, individuals have created real-life superhero personas, donning masks and costumes to patrol their neighborhoods, sometimes maintaining an uneasy relationship with local police departments who believe what they are doing could be dangerous to the costumed crusaders themselves, or could devolve into vigilantism.
Look on the web and you will find many such stories as these. When, is ever, is it right to put yourself above the law is a decision we can only make for ourselves and perhaps also, it depends on the situation?