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Adjourned (The Jury Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Lee Goldberg
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Book Description

This is an ALL-NEW edition, completely revised and reformatted for 2011...

From LEE GOLDBERG, bestselling author of THE WALK and the MONK mysteries, comes the second, action-packed book in the JURY SERIES saga.

After a family tragedy, Brett Macklin has sworn to take the law into his own hands and make the guilty pay. This time, Macklin's target is Wesley Saputo, porn kingpin and murderer, who has slipped through the courts time after time, only to kidnap, rape and kill again...and again. Macklin's mission: locate and destroy Saputo before he finds another innocent life to destroy.

(Originally published as "Make Them Pay," the second book in the ".357 Vigilante" series, under the pen name Ian Ludlow.)

Other books in the series:

About the author:
Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award nominee. His TV writing and/or producing credits include "Hunter," "SeaQuest," "Spenser For Hire," "Diagnosis Murder," "Martial Law" and "Monk." His books include "Beyond the Beyond," "The Walk," "Man with the Iron-On Badge," "Successful Television Writing," and the "Diagnosis Murder" and "Monk" series of original mystery novels.

Editorial Reviews


"Goldberg never gets too graphic in this novel, but the violence never lets up and will delight readers of this genre," Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm

"Generous helpings of sex and violent action [...] if you're a fan of Robert B. Parker, Dirty Harry, early Lawrence Block, or the Die Hard movies, you'll have a very good time," 
--J.A. Konrath, bestselling author of THE LIST and ORIGIN

"Lee Goldberg's The Jury Series serves vengeance hot with loads of action and plenty of suspense to keep you turning the e-pages. Vigilante justice was never so much fun,"  --Joel Goldman, bestselling author of "Motion to Kill"

"This gritty, action-packed escapist yarn explodes straight out of the freewheeling 1980' writing, wicked wit, wall-to-wall action, and over-the-top sex."  --Paul Levine, bestselling author of "Soloman & Lord"

"Fast-moving, filled with sex, violence, and snappy patter, these are just the thing for people who like expert storytelling and action-packed escapist novels. Check 'em out," --Bill Crider, author of "Outrage at Blanco"

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  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars December 1, 2009
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Plot/Storyline: 4 Stars

The two books I have read in this series remind me strongly of the Deathwish movies with Charles Bronson. Brett Macklin is the Charles Bronson-like vigilante who seems to survive even the most punishing scenes.

Taken with that in mind, this book is pure action. It's not literary, nor is it written to send a message or provoke any deep thought. It's just there for pure entertainment.

Mr. Goldberg handled the scenes involving references to child rape and pornography with the utmost respect and circumspect descriptions. I was very happy that he skipped graphic details and used intimation and innuendo instead.

The storyline flowed fast and furious. There wasn't a lot of thought put out regarding vigilantism and whether it is good or bad. There was no preaching or lectures, either. This was just a fast-moving, roller coaster ride of a story.

There is one thing that I abhor in any novel or movie: When a character you thought was dead turns out to be fine. This is especially bad when it is made obvious they are dead, as happened in this novel. I won't go further to avoid spoilers, but I had to mention it as it is the reason for the four stars instead of five for this section.

Character Development: 5 Stars

I debated on what to do with this section, even to the point of considering leaving it out, as this novel is not character-driven at all. However, I realized that Macklin, though just your basic action hero, is still a fairly well-developed character through his actions and some of his thoughts. The paths he chooses and decisions he makes are logical and fit well with his personality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Pinnacle, the paperback publisher who delivered the pulpy adventures of the Executioner, the Penetrator and many other gritty action heroes to drugstores all over the nation, also gave us the .357 Vigilante series in the mid-1980s. Reportedly intended as a parody of the typical Pinnacle hero, Ian Ludlow's first book reads more like a slicker prime-time-television Penetrator instead. "Ludlow"--in actuality, television writer/producer Lee Goldberg--was a student at UCLA when he got the gig writing these books, so he can be forgiven for whatever shortcomings they have. According to Goldberg's UCLA professor (and co-writer?), Lewis Perdue, who turned down Pinnacle's offer to write the series and offered it to his student instead, the novels were intended to be "over-the-top bad." I have a hard time believing anybody would intentionally write a bad novel, especially an aspiring twenty-year-old who's been given a huge break penning novels for a major publisher. I wonder if that's really a later-in-life excuse for subpar writing that embarrasses the successful writers today.

I don't think Goldberg/Ludlow has anything to be embarrassed about, and it's very possible he doesn't think so either. In fact, if you're familiar with Goldberg's TV work as a writer of middle-of-the-road crime dramas like SPENSER: FOR HIRE, HUNTER and DIAGNOSIS: MURDER, you may notice that the .357 Vigilante books are written in the same glossy, straight-ahead style, albeit with slightly ramped-up sex and violence that would probably not be too outrageous for today's prime-time audience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars errors,errors,errors! January 14, 2010
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I really enjoyed the story, but once again, a Vigilante story is marred by too many editing errors...I thought maybe it was only book #1, but this book and the following one contain numerous editing errors which cause you to stop and re-read a passage to try to understand it...Great story, just disappointing to have to stumble over these errors..
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book/grim subject January 20, 2012
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lee goldberg writes a good story.he always grabs my attention and keeps it until the last chapter.detective shaw is a decent and believable character.thanks for the kindle freebie,it is worth much more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Thriller Series April 5, 2010
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I read this series back when they were first published, without knowing they were written by Lee Goldberg (My Gun Has Bullets, Monk, Man With The Iron-On Badge, etc.)

These are smart, humorous, fast-paced novels, with a lot of action and snappy lines. I liked them when I was a teen, and they've aged well.

If you want to kill a few hours, these are quick, breezy, and you can't beat the price.

But timid readers beware. There are generous helpings of sex and violent action, along with some smart-aleck dialog. But if you're a fan of Robert B. Parker, Dirty Harry, early Lawrence Block, or the Die Hard movies, you'll have a very good time.
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More About the Author

Lee Goldberg is an ex-Navy SEAL, freelance Sexual Surrogate and a professional Pierce Brosnan impersonator.

Okay, that's not true. But he wants this biography to be really exciting, so pay attention. If things bog down, I've been instructed to add a car chase or some explicit sex.

Here's the real story. Lee Goldberg writes books and television shows.

His mother wanted him to be a doctor, and his grandfather wanted him to go into the family furniture business. Instead, he put himself through UCLA as a freelance journalist, writing for such publications as American Film, Starlog, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle (He also wrote erotic letters to the editor for Playgirl at $25-a-letter, but he doesn't tell people about that, he just likes to boast about those "tiffany" credits).

He published his first book ".357 Vigilante" (as "Ian Ludlow," so he'd be on the shelf next to Robert Ludlum) while he was still a UCLA student. The West Coast Review of Books called his debut "as stunning as the report of a .357 Magnum, a dynamic premiere effort," singling the book out as "The Best New Paperback Series" of the year. Naturally, the publisher promptly went bankrupt and he never saw a dime in royalties. (But the books are available on the Kindle as "The Jury Series")

Welcome to publishing, Lee.

His subsequent books include the non-fiction books "Successful Television Writing" and "Unsold Television Pilots" ("The Best Bathroom Reading Ever!" San Francisco Chronicle) as well as the novels "My Gun Has Bullets" ("It will make you cackle like a sitcom laugh track," Entertainment Weekly), "Dead Space" ("Outrageously entertaining," Kirkus Reviews), "Watch Me Die" ("as dark and twisted as anything Hammet or Chandler ever dreamed up," Kirkus Reviews).

"Take me now," she moaned, "you hot writer stud."

She tore off her clothes and tackled him onto the floor, unable to control her raging lust. Nothing excited her more than being around a writer with a big list of books.

Got your attention again? Good. I don't know about you, but I was starting to nod off. Where was I? Oh yes...

Goldberg broke into television with a freelance script sale to "Spenser: For Hire." Since then, his TV writing & producing credits have covered a wide variety of genres, including sci-fi (SeaQuest), cop shows (Hunter, The Glades), martial arts (Martial Law), whodunits (Diagnosis Murder, Nero Wolfe), the occult (She-Wolf of London), kid's shows (R.L. Stine's The Nightmare Room), T&A (Baywatch), comedy (Monk) and utter crap (The Highwayman). His TV work has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America.

His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he began writing the "Diagnosis Murder" series of original novels, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced, and later wrote the 15 bestselling novels based on "Monk," another show that he worked on. He's also the co-creator of Amazon's "The Dead Man" series of monthly horror novellas and the author of the crime thriller "King City." Most recently, he teamed up with Janet Evanovich to write the New York Times bestselling books "The Heist" and "Pros & Cons."

But perhaps he's best known for his pioneering work mapping the human genome and negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Goldberg lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his daughter and still sleeps in "Man From UNCLE" pajamas.

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