What would you do if you had the chance to permanently get rid of the criminals committing violent crimes? Could you do it? This is the questions that Human Services therapist Ryan Martin is faced with. Martin knows better than most about the chances of a violent offender returning to his old ways. After years of reading about ex-cons being arrested again for the same crime that put them in prison to begin with, he can’t take it anymore. After reading his resignation letter, the judge with whom he works closely presents an opportunity to him: work for the Judge to eliminate violent repeat offenders who manage to beat the system due to one reason or another. In exchange Martin gets a generous “salary” from the judge and the financial backing to open a private practice with multiple locations as a cover story. Martin must try to come to grips with the morality, or lack thereof, of what he’s doing, while keeping it a secret from his family and friends. Can Martin reconcile what he’s doing with himself or will it cost him everything he holds dear?
Human Services: Elimination of Evil by John Rislove is a gripping novel about how society deals with crime and violence. I certainly have felt outrage over violent criminals and wished that I could do something. The author has created a character that we all should be able to identify with: a well-educated family man who feels helpless when he sees news of repeat violent offenders being let back out into society. I daresay that there are many Americans who might jump at the chance to eliminate the problem in the same manner as in this novel. Rislove does an excellent job of painting Martin as being torn between the morality of the judge’s proposal and the unquenchable desire to do what the justice system apparently can’t: remove violent offenders from society. I give this novel 5 of 5 stars.