Some pages from the book ~ Copyright Material ~
Charleston, West Virginia
May 10, 1960
Senator John F. Kennedy stood ramrod straight, smiling like a schoolboy, waving at the enthusiastic crowd. It had been a grueling primary campaign through the poverty-stricken state. At first he had balked at the demand from his campaign manager and younger brother, Bobby, to get up at four-thirty in the morning to press the flesh of the West Virginia voters one last time.
But now he was pleased that he had fallen for Bobby’s subterfuge. On this day of the all-important primary vote, he had not been forced to stand in the predawn darkness to grab the calloused hands of the weary line of hardened men drudging by on the way into another coal mine. No, his brother had arranged a surprise: a final campaign rally of over five thousand ardent supporters, cheering and clapping. They energized him for the hours of waiting and anticipation to follow.
But as the presidential candidate from Massachusetts left the stage with a final salute to the frenzied crowd, suddenly he knew, instinctively, deep in his political gut, this primary had been won. He need not let the day ahead be consumed by election apprehension. Now he could plan with certainty the management of the momentum that would gain him the nomination of his party, and then hopefully carry him on to the White House.
And so he could afford to return to Washington in a few hours as his wife wanted. It would be good to respond to her request for an afternoon and evening away from the campaign.
Elated, Jack Kennedy headed back to the hotel that served as his West Virginia headquarters. He decided the morning would be perfect if he could grab an hour or two with an eager, vigorous young woman. As he passed his beaming brother on the stairs leading down from the platform, Jack leaned over and thanked Bobby for the unexpected pleasure of the exhilarating rally. But Bobby’s smile faded instantly when Jack added in a raspy whisper that he was going to take a couple of hours for some “r and r.”
“Jack,” Bobby pleaded. “Not now! Everybody will be watching, scrutinizing your schedule.”
Jack Kennedy smiled the smile that the whole nation would learn to adore and winked. “Tell them I’m resting for the rigors ahead, Bobby. See you when I’m feeling better.” With that, the next president of the United States carefully negotiated the last two stairs and eased himself into the back of the waiting limousine for the short ride to his campaign hotel...
“… a remarkably well-written novel. It’s tightly plotted, fast paced and keeps moving all the way through to the end. The author has obviously done his homework and is able to deliver an historically accurate novel and plausible speculation of what might be…James Miller has crafted a cast of very real characters…a terrific novel that keeps you going until the very end. Whether you are a conspiracy fan or not, you’ll get a kick out of this one. The only disappointment is that it’s over too soon.” —Inscriptions Magazine
“This novel hits the ground running…rushed action and steamy romance…fast-paced story…genuine suspense. Samantha Wright is a sassy and independent heroine.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“A sensitive and well-written novel. A gripping climax and twists and turns in the plot keep you glued to the story. A highly readable work.” —Sharpwriter
“FINAL JUSTICE is a remarkable act of story telling. The characters are vivid, recognizable, and absolutely logical. The plots pulls the reader along, irresistibly, unraveling a complicated storyline with simplicity and intensity… The details are engaging (and impressive), and the over-all concept is compelling. If you love a good storyline, you’ll love FINAL JUSTICE. If you love a mystery, you’ll love this book. Unforgettable.” —Darlene Bridge Lofgren
“A page turning, thought-provoking, action novel from a Washington D.C. insider who really knows his meat–political thrillers. The hidden premise springs from the military and political conspiracy surrounding the assassination of JFK who perpetrators are, it’s slowly revealed, still incestuously at work in the tribe of government agencies. The action begins in the present just as the new U.S. President is about to nominate a blustery anti-military senator for Secretary of Defense, a nomination that’s suddenly withdrawn in favor of the chilly chief of a multinational corporation deeply involved in the international arms business. Enter Samantha Wright, a marvelous character, a leading expert in the U.S. military budget, a senior assistant to the rough-riding senator who lost the toss, and her sidekick, Daniel Garcia, a passionate, tough reporter. Together they are propelled through the Washington power temples and the nefarious arms trade, grappling with an ever-deepening web of intrigue that reveals the assassins of JFK–conspirators in high places who will stop at nothing in their covert war for profit, prestige and power. A great read.”— Mollie Gregory, Author, EQUAL TO PRINCES, PRIVILEGED LIVES, TRIPLETS, and WOMEN WHO RUN THE SHOW—How a Brilliant and Creative Generation of Women Stormed Hollywood
“Among contemporary novelists, James Miller has the rare ability to take issues of broad social significance and weave them into compelling page-turners. In FINAL JUSTICE, we are treated to a plausible scenario in which richly drawn characters must overcome the Machiavellian conspirators behind JFK’s assassination. FINAL JUSTICE grips readers from page one and holds us in suspense as it masterfully unwinds to its thrilling conclusion.” —Ira Spector, Author, LAST CHANCE, A MONTH OF SUNDAYS, and Contributor to CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL
“Former Securities and Exchange lawyer, James Miller, has written a political-action thriller that examines the corrupting influence of big business, particularly the military-industrial complex, in shaping our national destiny. It reads as if it were ripped from today’s headlines.” —Loraine Despres, Author, THE SCANDALOUS SUMMER OF SISSY LEBLANC, THE BAD BEHAVIOR OF BELLE CANTRELL, and THE SOUTHERN BELLE’S HANDBOOK
Edge of your seat thriller! ~ MJH
Final Justice is the only book since The Davinci Code to keep me so involved and at the edge of my seat. This is not a slowly pass your time away at the beach book. This is what you read when you want your lazy boy to feel like the seat of a jet fighter. Looking forward to the movie!
Bad Guys, Real Bad Guys and the Bad Men Who Kill Them ~ Jack Shakely (California)
Like most conspiracy theory thrillers, and this one is a doozie, just when you think you figured out who the bad guy is, it turns out he's just a puppet. That's part of the fun of James Miller's extraordinarily fast-paced novel that looks at the JFK assassination through a very distant mirror. And fifty years later, the story still throbs with excitement. It's also a cautionary tale that reminds us that the horrors that could be committed in the name of national peace aren't necessarily relics of the past.
Samantha Wright is a bright, highly-placed assistant to one of the most powerful senators in the country, the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In her routine background checks of the Secretary of Defense-designate, one tiny thread unravels. A seemingly minor incident and a grainy photograph become the instruments of death to Samantha's contacts and friends. She and her boyfriend, Washington Post reporter Daniel Garcia, quickly find that every alley they explore is not only blind, it's got a stone killer waiting at the end.
As a former SEC attorney and Washington insider, author Miller's sense of place and protocol lend credibility to this fantastic story. Whether its Harvey's Restaurant, the E ring of the Pentagon, the Metro or the halls of the Russell Senate Office Building, Miller puts you there, and in harm's way.
A Page Turning Thriller— David A. Peters (California)
I started this very fast paced, intriguing, political thriller on Saturday Morning and finished it on Sunday Morning. Usually I am a slow reader, finding maybe an hour a day to read. But I could not put this book down. The story line is strong and the twists and turns throughout kept be turning page after page and wanting more. And even when I thought the story was over there was more. The crisp, very graphic descriptions created strong images without boring me with too much wordy "author trying to impress" detail. The female protagonist is believable, intelligent and attractive. The ending had me thinking where is the truth and where is the fiction? If you like mystery and politics READ IT - You will love it.
A really good read!— HFE (Washington, DC)
Final Justice started off with a most intriguing puzzle------and then provided quite an exciting ride. And as a native Washingtonian, it was most enjoyable to feel the essense of our federal city, the local neighborhoods and government branches come through vividly. At one point I thought the wide ride might be coming to a conclusion... and then it all just took off again! The ending leaves you wondering: can this all be true? This is really a good book.
A Great Feel for Dialogue —Gary L. Justice
"I thought this one was a real page turner. I found Mr. Miller's dialogue particularly realistic. I also found his development of the private moments of some of the historical characters particularly believable. I normally take months to read a book, and often have five or ten books going at a time. I could not put this book down, and got thorugh it in a couple of days. When I did finish it, I found that I was thirsting for the sequel! A complete thumbs up on this one."
Political Thriller —John MacEachern
“To political thriller lovers, you have just found the Mother Load! I just finished reading Final Justice. Some of my favorite authors are Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, Greg Isles, Linclon Child, Johathan Kellerman, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Richard North Patterson, John Sanford, and now Jim Miller. I really enjoyed the fast pace of the book, the character development, and the political setting and the story intrigue. This book is on target, and spectacularly so. It is compelling and I love all the twists and turns.”
I wish I had more than TWO thumps to put up —Hillery Meisels
“This book grabbed me with the first sentence and was responsible for some tired eyes. The heroine was intriguing and the story had just the right amount of detail, twists and narrative. I liken it to a balanced glass of wine. Enough of everything...but I still want more. I was so happy to find out that James has more in his body of work and hopefully MUCH MORE to come. I am a fan for life! GREAT READ at so many levels!”