Author: Renee James Title: A Kind of Justice
October 22, 2016 Saturday 2 PM
About the Book:
Against all odds, Bobbi Logan, a statuesque transgender woman, has become one of Chicago’s most celebrated hair stylists and the owner of one of the city’s poshest salons. She is finally comfortable with who she is, widely admired in her community, about to enjoy the success she deserves.
Then her impossibly perfect life falls apart.
In the space of a few weeks, the Great Recession drags her business to the brink of failure, her beloved ex-wife needs help in facing a terrible tragedy, and a hateful police detective storms back into her life, determined to convict her of the five-year-old murder of John Strand—pillar of the community—and a sexual predator.
As the detective builds an ever more convincing case against her, both of them will be shaken by revelations—about themselves, about their own deeply held secrets, and about the bizarre ritual murder of John Strand.
About the Author:
Renee James is the pen name of a Chicago-area writer who lives in two genders. In her male identity, James has been a full time free-lance writer for several years, following a long career as a magazine editor and owner. In her male life, James has won dozens of awards for journalistic excellence and authored a biography. As Renee James, her first novel, Coming Out Can Be Murder, was the 2012 Chicago Writers Association Indie book of the year and a bronze medalist in ForeWord Reviews' LGBT book of the year competition.
You’ve most likely never met a narrator like Bobbi. Tough, tender, funny, full of heart—and a transgender woman—she is navigating not just a new life, but also an unsolved murder that a detective is trying to pin on her. Renee James takes the reader on a whirlwind of a ride, while subtly revealing the honest heartbreaks and successes of the trans community. A welcome, diverse addition to the writing world!
- Jodi Picoult, New York Times best-selling author of Leaving Time
The comprehensiveness with which Renee James draws you into the world of her characters would be enough reason to read this satisfying novel, but the straightforward elegance and grace of her writing is the real reward.
- S. J. Rozan, award-winning author (as Sam Cabot) of Skin of the Wolf
A Kind of Justice crackles with energy right from the beginning. Not only does Renee James eloquently impart empathy for what it’s like to be transgender in an uncaring and judgmental world, but she does so while telling an engaging and compelling story populated with richly nuanced characters. Yes, it’s a story about justice. But it’s deeper than that. It’s as deep and complex as family, friendship, love and – perhaps most importantly – change. - John DeDakis, Mystery-Suspense Author, Writing Coach, and Former Senior Copy Editor, CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer