Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Judge & Jury by James Patterson & Andrew Gross - Book Review

4/5 Stars

She glanced at Rosella, a little sympathetic now.

These people were in for one scary ride...


Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 341
Chapters: 127 (Plus a prologue with three parts.)
Publisher: Headline

Book Links: Goodreads
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James Patterson and Andrew Gross - plus all of Mr Patterson's other co-authors - are my go-to guys when I just want to read. And what I mean by that is I just want to sit and fly through a hooking book without too much mental exertion. Judge & Jury fulfills that of course, but compared to the authors' other stories, it's a little of a let down. Pushing past that though, and this entry into James Patterson's wealth of thrillers is still a darn good read. It's also not a part of a series, so you're in for one pulse-pounding ride, from start to finish, with every question having an answer. I do think that 'The Ultimate Legal Thriller' under the title might be pushing it a bit, but Judge & Jury mixes courtroom drama and thriller well.

Mafia Don Dominic Cavello is a tyrant. A soulless excuse of air.
And he's been caught.
Special Agent Nick Pellisante has put in as many hours as it took, and even though good men died, he caught the monster that plagued his life.
So then why, when the trial starts, and Andie DeGrasse sits on the jury, do both her and Nick have the strange feeling that Cavello is at perfect ease.
Why does the mafia boss seem so calm when he's facing life in a dark and isolated maximum prison?
As events no one seen coming - we seen coming obviously - occur, Andie and Nick are slammed together, two unlikely allies whose mission it becomes to stop Cavello once and for all.
Or else...

Judge & Jury's first half focuses on Cavello's trial and building its central characters, with the second half much more your traditional thriller. The best way I can describe it is as a sort of revenge story, and as far as that goes, it's pretty well done. The story's paced well, and as is Patterson's standard, a strong page-turner. I am a little disappointed with the lack of twists, but the book offers some sharp surprises that more than make up for it. It's also action-packed, so you won't be spending long as you zip through it.

The characters are alright. There are some truly heartwarming moments, some that wrench about your gut and others that have you smiling. They're pretty standard, and that fits the story well. Nick is our main, main character, with Andie coming in a close second. Nick is a good guy, and a pleasant window into the book's events; while Andie strikes me as a strong female entry, with less training than Nick, but just as much conviction. The big villain Cavello is cold and as black as you can get, which makes him an easy bad guy to hate.

I guess I don't have mounds to say, but if you're looking for a light read, or just novel to pass the time, you definitely can't go wrong here.

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