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Justice Be Done

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About Justice Be Done

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Title: Justice Be Done

Author: Carla Damron

Release Date: October 28, 2023

Find it: Amazon

Social worker Caleb Knowles finds himself in the heart of a firestorm of racial tensions and violence in downtown Columbia, SC. When he interviews young Laquan Harwell, the truth behind Laquan’s crime becomes clear – it was born from years of racial mistreatment. However, Laquan’s assault on a white storekeeper lights the match that sets the town on fire: rhetoric gives birth to violence. Protests evolve into riots.

Downtown becomes a war zone.

The murder of a racist police officer further fuels the violence, and soon Caleb finds himself entangled in a desperate search for justice. As the riots escalate, Caleb’s brother Sam is injured, leading Caleb to take rash actions that put his career on the line.

When he uncovers the truth about the police officer’s death, Caleb’s efforts to save a client thrust him into the eye of the storm. Will justice prevail, or will the hate-spawned violence take more lives?

About The Author

Carla Damron is a social worker, advocate, and award-winning novelist. She holds an MSW and an MFA. Her careers of social worker and writer are intricately intertwined; all of her novels explore social issues like addiction, homelessness, mental illness, and human trafficking. In her spare time, Damron volunteers with the League of Women Voters, Mystery Writers of America, her church, and Mutual Aid Midlands. Find out more about her at

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Reviews for Justice Be Done

This unputdownable book is not just exciting suspense, but a commentary on the attitudes that divide people, no matter where they live. The author weaves compassion through the pages, to make the reader think hard about issues, without ever preaching or forgetting that readers like entertainment. -Gabi Coatsworth, author of A Beginner’s Guide to Starting Over (2023), and Love’s Journey Home (2022)

Carla Damron handles sensitive, timely topics with grace, empathy, and a keen understanding of human nature. -Sheila Athens, author of Neena Lee is Seeing Things (January, 2024).

Told through the lens of Caleb, a social worker, and a cast of related characters—a female cop with a racist partner, a gun manufacturer with an interest in buying political power, a group of artists trying to ease race relations—Damron masterfully weaves a story of good versus evil, hard-working people dedicated to human dignity, and the importance of standing up for what’s right. -Beth Uznis Johnson, author of Coming Clean (2023)

A combination of strong characters, volatile politics, and fine storytelling creates a contemporary suspense that grabs your heart. Set in Columbia, SC, Damron shines the light of understanding into the darkness of fear, mistrust, and injustice. -James M. Jackson, author of the Seamus McCree thriller series

My Thoughts

A closer look of the inner workings of timely headlines. The division of people continues, gun rights, political power, and suspense drives this fictional story of present day issues. The author has created relatable characters, some to love, some to not. With sensitivity to a tough topic, she was able to create a spellbinding story filled with compassion while driving home the point of doing the right thing. It’s quite a story and one I won’t soon forget. – Kim Wilch, author and reviewer

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