Judge & Jury
James Patterson & Andrew Gross
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Judge & Jury
James Patterson & Andrew Gross
448 pages
March 2007
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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After years of intense pursuit, veteran FBI agent Nick Pellisante finally closes in on renowned mob boss Dominic Cavello. This time he is confident that the barbaric mobster will finally have to pay for his litany of crimes. Not only does Pellisante physically take Cavello into custody, but prosecutors finally have the evidence they need to serve up justice on a silver platter, since those previously loyal to Cavello begin to cooperate with the authorities and divulge the details of his past acts.

It comes as no surprise that the proceedings garner national attention, complete with media circus and unprecedented security. The pool of applicants for the jury include the usual characters, each with personal reasons for seeking to be selected or aiming to be hurriedly rejected and sent home. When single mother and aspiring actress Andie DeGrasse reluctantly reports to perform her civic duty, she has no idea just how much the mob boss’s criminal behavior will impact her own life.

The trial intended to mark the beginning of the end for the notorious mobster ends up putting a new wave of criminal activity in motion, with Cavello spearheading the charge. While Pellisante knew that the road to conviction would be a grueling and emotional one, he never fathomed just how far he would have to go—both personally and professionally—to ensure that justice is served. When Cavello’s ruthlessness bonds Pellisante and DeGrasse in a way neither had anticipated, they team up to risk everything to ensure that Cavello’s reign of terror is put to an absolute halt.

James Patterson has penned another book in the same genre as its predecessors with characters, story lines and details that remain fresh and entertaining. Judge and Jury will not disappoint his diehard fans, and its fast-paced drama is likely to attract new readers as well. The only real question: when can readers expect this thriller to be released on the big screen?

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Lori West, 2006

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