New Fiction Book Explores the Retributive Theory of Justice

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Author Steve Thornton weaves a darkly riveting tale that blurs the line between right and wrong.

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“How far can you go to right a wrong and make sure that justice is done?” Author Steve Thornton poses this provocative question in Retribution (published by Trafford Publishing), a darkly intriguing novel that blurs the line between what is “morally acceptable” and when retributive justice has in itself become a crime.

The justice system is supposed to be there to protect everyone, but it too often fails. Frustrated with a continuous string of such failures, one man decides to take the law into his hands and deliver his own brand of dark justice to those who attempt to escape with their crimes. This self-appointed dispenser of justice emulates the very criminals he is after in his obsessive quest to “right the wrongs” they have committed.

Retribution describes in detail the heinous crimes committed by the criminals and then in turn the equally terrible “Retribution” delivered by the man. It chronicles the investigations into both the original crimes and then the “Dark Justice” bestowed upon the criminals. It provokes thought on whether these acts are indeed a “morally acceptable” return for the evil they have committed and a just retribution for the victims and their families.

Thornton’s skill in storytelling shines in this well-written work, taking readers through an intriguing storyline riddled with twists and turns that will keep them guessing until the very end. A gripping, fast-paced thriller, Retribution delves into the gritty underbelly of crime and exposes the powerful, sometimes obsessive drive to bring the guilty to justice.

Steve Thornton grew up in a small mining village in Northern England. After graduating, he joined the pharmaceutical industry and has worked and lived in several different countries. Thornton has six children and now lives in the United States, in Barrington, Illinois with his wife, Renate.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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