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Milt Gross Book Review: "Divine Justice" by David Baldacci
By Milt Gross
Apr 19, 2015 - 6:26:01 PM

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At first I thought the title, Divine Justice, was referring to justice from God, but as I read I discovered it wasn't. Divine turned out to be a town in Virginia, a coal-mining town where all appeared quiet and rural.

But this town turned out to be anything but peaceful, as Oliver Stone aka John Carr found out as he sought a place to hide, fleeing the FBI, the CIA, and other organizations seeking him in relation to a couple of murders.

Stone, it turns out, is used to killing from his military service in Vietnam.

On a train on which he was fleeing those who were after him, he interrupted a beating, which action led him to the tiny town of Divine, where coal miners suspiciously left home far earlier in the morning than they needed to in order to report to work at their coal mine on time.

The plot thickens, of course, and it turns out that the warden of a nearby prison known as Dead Rock, because workers had been buried and killed in a mine that had occupied the space where the prison now stood, is a villain. The warden manages to capture Stone and a friend and hides them in the prison, where they will likely never be found -- at least not alive.

The plot is interesting but at the very end, in my opinion, sped to a conclusion a bit too fast and conveniently. Stone also fell in love with a woman and saved her life at the end of the grisly tale.

The author, David Baldacci, the author of 15 New York Times best sellers. His books have been published in over 40 languages and sold in over 80 countries, according to the book jacket. The book jacket relates that, with his wife, Baldacci began the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting literacy efforts throughout America. They reside in Virginia from where the foundation also attempts to spread books across the U.S. at

This book follows Stone Cold, also featuring the same people.

Grand Central Publishing, New York, published Divine Justice in 2008 at a price of $27.99 in the U.S. prices its paperback version at $7.62 and the Kindle Edition at $7.99.

If crime mysteries and adventure make reading more fun than watching TV, grab a copy of this one for yourself.

Why you like it will not be a mystery.

Milt Gross can be reached for corrections, harassment, or other purposes at

Milton M. Gross Copyright 2014

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