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From Publishers Weekly

Bestsellers Patterson and Gross (Lifeguard) once again deliver what their fans expect in this slapdash revenge thriller. When mob godfather Dominic Cavello is finally brought to trial by FBI agent Nick Pellisante, his longtime nemesis, the accused is strangely unconcerned even as a parade of his former criminal associates finger him as having ordered a hit on a corrupt businessman. The gangster's plan to intimidate the decision-makers at his trial reaches its climax when he arranges for a bomb to blow up the bus transporting the jury. The sole survivor teams up with Pellisante to make Cavello pay. Numerous legal howlers that would be obvious even to those who only know about trials from watching Law and Order may annoy some readers.
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Judge and Jury gets off to a slightly slow start but delivers plenty of twists and turns. FBI agent Nick Pellisante has finally done the impossible: captured Mob boss Dominic Cavello. The jury is selected and Cavello's trial progresses smoothly--it seems the conviction Pellisante is hoping for is within his reach. Several formerly loyal henchmen now sitting in jail strike deals with the prosecution and testify about the savage murders Cavello ordered, and Pellisante takes the stand to detail how Cavello shot two of his colleagues while trying to elude capture. But Cavello has hired Richard Nordeshenko, a methodical and calculating killer, to make sure the trial never concludes. Nordeshenko carries out his plan with brutal efficiency, leaving a wake of devastation in his path. Pellisante is crushed by the abrupt end of the trial and determined to make sure that the retrial isn't similarly derailed, but Cavello and Nordeshenko have an even more diabolical plan in store this time around. A compelling hero and a truly evil villain distinguish this exciting read. Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Vision Books; Cover Worn edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446619000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446619004
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (375 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and, Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Neilisa on November 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
One of the things I love about James Patterson's books is his prose. It's a no-nonsense, no frills, "I am what I am" voice that doesn't try to entice you into the story with a lot of flowery language. In Judge & Jury, the story is written from a first-person perspective: that of FBI Senior Agent Nick Pellisante. For years, Nick has been on the trail of a powerful Mafia don, named Dominic Cavello, and his efforts are about to pay off. Nick trails Cavello to the wedding of his favorite niece and successfully captures him.

The story picks up the pace after Andie is introduced as one of the jurors selected for the court case against Cavello. Andie is a single mom and an out-of-work actress who is trying to make ends meet with low-paying acting jobs that her agent can get for her. The suspense heats up when Cavello's people hires a world-renown assassin to help him get out of jail. The assassin is successful and what follows is a devastating tragedy that forever changes the lives of those involved. Cavello's ruthlessness, however, puts him squarely in the path of an enraged mother who will stop at nothing to get her revenge.

Judge & Jury is an easy read but also very entertaining. You'll not be disappointed.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pat Woodside on May 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure what has happened to Mr. Patterson's writing skills, but it seems to me that a majority of his novels that he has co-wrote with someone have been real duds. I just finished reading his latest release, "The 6th Target and that was another real dud. All I can say to Mr. Patterson: "I have enjoyed many of your earlier novels, would you get serious and start creating well-written stories that you certainly have the talent to conceive."

There are numerous reviews that give a detailed account of the story, so I'll be brief. In the story "Judge and Jury", I almost got excited and began to read pages non-stop, but then the story started to fall apart again. At this point I was reading the scene where the mob leader is on trial for murder. Does he care? No. He just solves the problem by hiring an assassin to destroy the bus that the jury panel is riding on. Murder an entire jury? I just shook my head, wondering who was next: the judge, the DA?. I know this is fiction but the scenes should have some resemblance to the real world. Then we have Nick Pellisante, the FBI agent in hot pursuit of the mobster all over the world with a bank account that seems to have no bottom to it.

I was disappointed with the novel. It's not a terrible read, but I do feel that it is not a super mystery read. If you are a die hard fan of Mr. Patterson, you may find it an enjoyable read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wander VINE VOICE on August 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
James Patterson takes us on another exhilirating ride. Is it a fun ride? Why sure it is. Full of twists, turns and unexpected happenings. Yet, once again, as with a lot of recent books, Judge and Jury is the same as all his other books. Fans and readers of Patterson know exactly what to expect from this novel. Another fun ride, but again, Patterson doesn't go above and beyond to where he's capable of going. The pinnacle he reached with his earlier works is almost lost.

Dominic Cavello, known as "The Electrician" is a mob boss that FBI agent Nick Pellisante has been after for years. Nick Pellisante finally catches his man. The evidence against Dominic Cavello is more than enough to convict him. Ironclad. There's sure to be a conviction. When it's time for the Jury to come to a sentence, Cavello makes a move no one could predict. He hires a hitman who makes sure the jury is never able to come to a sentence. One of the jurors, Andie DeGrasse, wants to make sure that Dominic Cavello gets just what he deserves... and so she decides to help Nick Pellisante get to the bottom of what's going on, and make sure that justice is served. It's full of lots of plot twists and turns, and is an exhilirating ride, but once again, when you get down to the nitty gritty it's just another run of the mill thriller.

The book suffers from the usual Patterson folly: an implausible plot and unbelievable characters. In Judge and Jury it's much more noticeable than in his past books. Does it all come together in the end? Yes, but again, its a little on the unbelievable side. Even for James Patterson Judge and Jury borders on being a little too implausible at times.

The characters suffer more than the plot does itself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Crowe on May 17, 2007
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Yes it's easy and fast to read with large print and rarely more than three pages to a chapter. But the story borders on ridiculous, the characters are lame-brained and the writing hovers over the level of "Reader's Digest". I've read much, much better Patterson.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Dalgliesh on July 9, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I feel sorry for Mr. Patterson, but I've never seen such a poorly written book, full of clichee: the tough FBI agent, the attractive woman that falls in love with him, the evil mafioso.

Nothing new in this book. Nothing. So, why did Mr. Patterson write it? Please excuse me, but quantity never makes out for quality.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Bender on July 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was very disappointed with Judge & Jury. I like James Patterson books but his writing seems to be getting worse with each book. It mainly seems to be the books that have a "Co-Author" that I find are not written well. And I know that James Patterson can write so much better than this.

So I recently visited the website of Andrew Gross ([...] James Patterson's "Co-Author" on Judge & Jury to find out a little more about him. I found a couple interesting bits of information that I thought James Patterson fans might like to know before purchasing another one of his books that have been "Co-Authored". Upon meeting James Patterson, Andrew Gross said that James Patterson had several projects he wanted to write and NOT ENOUGH TIME TO DO THEM. And then Andrew Gross goes on to say that James Patterson comes up with the outline for the book and then passes it on to Andrew Gross. It sounds to me like the only part of James Patterson that is in Judge & Jury (as well as his other "Co-Authored" books, I assume) is that he came up with the story and the outline but the book was written entirely by the "Co-Author". This is definately going to make me think twice about buying another James Patterson book that has "Co-Authors" name on the cover with his. Mr. Patterson, this is a very sad way to let your fans down and lose some along the way. I hope that you go back to writing books on your own.
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