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Judge & Jury by James Patterson - Book Review

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Judge & Jury by James Patterson and Andrew Gross

Judge & Jury - Courtesy Little, Brown

The Bottom Line

Judge & Jury by James Patterson and Andrew Gross is a thriller about a mafia boss on trial, the FBI agent who has tracked him for years, and a jury members who becomes more involved in the case than she would have preferred. Judge & Jury is packed with action (often very violent) and moves quickly. Patterson fans will find it an entertaining read, but not as good as some of his other books.
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  • Judge & Jury is a fast, easy read
  • James Patterson trademark style - short chapters, lots of viewpoints, action


  • Judge & Jury is more violent than some of Patterson's other books
  • The plot is less believable than even some of Patterson's other thrillers


  • Judge & Jury starts with the capture of a mafia boss and takes you through his trials
  • This mafia boss is not going down easily--his network does a lot to ensure he is not sent away
  • An FBI agent and juror team up to make sure the boss gets what he deserves

Guide Review - Judge & Jury by James Patterson - Book Review

James Patterson has a characteristic style -- short chapters, several voices, lots of action. It is easy to read 100 pages in a James Patterson thriller without realizing any time has passed. In these respects, Judge & Jury is no different than Patterson's other novels. It is a fast-paced, entertaining read.

Judge & Jury does not, however, live up to some of Patterson's other novels in terms of overall quality. The characters and premise were more unbelievable than usual and sometimes it felt as if violent conflicts between characters were substituted for real development.

The main characters in Judge & Jury are a mafia boss, a hired killer, a female juror and an FBI agent. The struggle is between the boss' desire to remain free and the agent's desire to see him punished. I don't want to give too much away, but I think it is sufficient to say that this struggle results in a lot of shooting and explosions. Of course, there are a few sex scenes interspersed to give the characters a break from the chase.

Judge & Jury provides adequate entertainment for a free afternoon; however, it is not deep, memorable or even Patterson's best work.

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