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If you could sum up A Farewell to Justice in three words, what would they be?
Extremely well researched
What did you like best about this story?
The massive amount of research into other aspects of the assassination other researchers either, hadn't the time or resources, monetary funds or the dedication Joan clearly possesses from which to fill this masterpiece.
What about Joyce Bean’s performance did you like?
Very easy on the ears.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me think.
Any additional comments?
Definitely up there with Gaeton Fonzi, Sylvia Meagher and Mark Lane insofar as an investigative masterpiece.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is a very long and meticulously researched book. It is in essence a longer and more comprehensive update of the Jim Garrison book "On the trail of the assassins" Anyone not familiar to the JFK New Orleans plot would probably benefit from reading the original book first as you will understand the complicated storyline much better. I believe this book was researched from the Jim Garrison files released by the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB). Jim Garrison was the District Attorney of Orleans Parish between 1961 and 1973 and this book is about his investigation of the JFK assassination and the prosecution of a prominent New Orleans businessman Mr Clay Shaw believed to have been involved in the conspiracy. As other reviewers have commented the narrative does jump around quite a bit and there are a very large number of names and places to remember. You really do have to concentrate to follow the storyline, the original Jim Garrison book is far more user friendly in that respect although much less detailed. In among this books very long narrative there are some truly stunning revelations which if true are really quite shocking.
I believe this book ultimately falls short of being a classic Joan Mellen appears to be far more of a researcher then writer but it is a worthwhile read if you have a hard core interest in JFK and the background to his tragic death.
It fills in the pieces the books by Jim and others as well as the movie leave out and it’s at times shocking but overall telling.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
It was ok. Monotone voice. Starts off ok but never seems like it has a point. If you are really into the jfk stuff then it’s ok. But if you are not familiar with the case you will get lost.