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Judgment (The Jury Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lee Goldberg
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Book Description

JUDGMENT is the classic action/adventure novel that was a runaway paperback sensation in the mid-1980s...and that launched the publishing career of Lee Goldberg, New York Times best-selling author of THE WALK, the MONK novels, and the Fox & O'Hare series (THE HEIST, THE CHASE, etc) with Janet Evanovich. 

This is the ultimate it was originally meant to be.

Brett Macklin was a freewheeling son of sunny California, a collector of vintage cars and a connoisseur of beautiful women. But when his father is murdered by a street gang, Macklin becomes something else--a deadly weapon against crime, a relentless vigilante who won't stop until he's wiped out the killers who have turned Los Angeles into a war zone.

"As stunning as the report of a .357 Magnum, a dynamic premiere effort [...] The Best New Paperback Series of the year!" West Coast Review of Books

(Originally published as the first book in the ".357 Vigilante" series, under the pen name Ian Ludlow.)

Other books in the series:

Editorial Reviews


"This is straight-up men's adventure material {...] So look out, folks! Here comes justice with a big freaking gun!" Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm

"Judgment  has an amped-up, neon-bright,'burning rubber down the main drag doing sixty while blaring Motley Crue so loud you can't even think' sort of quality. And that's how I like it." --Post-Modern Pulps

"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, or the Die Hard movies, you'll have a very good time, --J.A Konrath, author of THE LIST and AFRAID

"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 is a really entertaining thrill ride of a story with plenty of sex, violence, humor, social commentary, and great action scenes. Highly recommended. --James Reasoner, bestselling author of "Dust Devils"

About the Author

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award nominee and screenwriter ("The Glades," "Diagnosis Murder," "Martial Law," etc) whose many books include "The Walk," "Watch Me Die," the "Monk" novels, and "The Dead Man" series of original ebook action/adventure tales.

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  • File Size: 448 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
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  • Language: English
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/4 Stars August 24, 2009
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Plot Storyline: 5 Stars

This novel accomplished what it set out to do, bring the reader an action novel. You won't find philisophical gems of wisdom in this book and, unless you are a bit twisted already, reading this book won't be a life changing experience for you.

The plot is the age-old 'revenge for the death of my daddy' story. However, Mr. Goldberg does bring a little extra to the table by the end. He even manages to set the reader up for the sequel in a very believable manner.

I loved the old guy who jumped out of the refrigerator covered in chocolate body spray to get his wife in the mood. There's not a lot of humor in this book, but what little there is will make you laugh.

Character Development: 4 Stars

Even though it was just an action novel, I still would have liked more insight into Brett's character. When he starting hearing a 'little voice' in his head urging him on, I was a bit turned off. I guess what I was looking for was a little glimpse into his younger days that might explain a capacity for the violence he later perpetrated.

Also, I would have liked more knowledge regarding how Brett knew how to fight so well. A woman even asked him how he kept in shape, and all he did was avoid the question with a joke.

The other characters seemed to have their fair share of explanation and motivation. The 'bad guys' were pretty well done, too.

<strong>Writing Style: 3.5</strong>

The writing was good through most of the novel. I did have a bit of an issue with the viewpoint changes. It's as though the author wanted to write in omniscient viewpoint, but only remembered that every now and then.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea but... June 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't normally like these kinds of vigilante books but I was charmed by the writing, dialogue and humor. It's clear early on in his career that he knew what he was doing, and how to create compelling, even funny characters. I'm loving the 80s pop culture references. (Sassoon jeans!) If it were another author, I probably would not continue reading the series, but I'm a determined Goldberg completist, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the series turns out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrill Ride of a Story May 18, 2011
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Back in the mid-Eighties, I was working in a used bookstore, and I used to see copies of a book called .357 VIGILANTE, by an author I'd never heard of named Ian Ludlow. I could tell it was a men's adventure novel, a genre that wasn't nearly as robust then as it had been ten years earlier. I read a lot of those books, but for some reason I don't think I ever even picked up a copy of .357 VIGILANTE and flipped through it, let alone read it.

This is a classic case of not knowing what I was missing.

Now, of course, we know that "Ian Ludlow" was actually a college student named Lee Goldberg, who went on to become a top-notch novelist, screenwriter, and producer. The .357 VIGILANTE series ran for three books, all published by Pinnacle (in its original incarnation, not the Pinnacle line that's now published by Kensington). There was a fourth book in the series that was never published at the time. However, Goldberg has brought back all four novels as e-books, which can be fought separately or all together under the title THE JURY SERIES. I just read the first one, now titled JUDGMENT, and it's a fine novel.

You know right away that this is a little different from the usual men's adventure novel because of the protagonist, Brett Macklin. Most of the men's adventure heroes had military or law enforcement backgrounds. Brett is an aeronautical engineer who has become a pilot and owns a flying service that does a lot of work with movie companies, providing helicopters for aerial filming. Brett's father is a beat cop in Los Angeles, though, and it's his brutal murder in an apparently senseless thrill killing that starts Brett on the road to becoming a vigilante.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judgment (The Jury Series) December 28, 2011
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Whoa, baby! The prologue alone makes this book worth buying! (I read the Kindle version)
I am a self-admitted sucker for vigilant justice, so meeting Brett Macklin makes my day. Big warning: MAJOR violence here, but an action read for those of us who enjoy rooting for the guy in the white hat...even if he has to break several hundred laws to get even. Jinx Schwartz
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When it comes to gratuitous food, you can't go wrong with the chili dog. Taking what is essentially the discarded remnants of other "edible meats", packing it with spices in a "casing", turning that into a "meat product", wrapping it it a bun that's mostly processed flour and sugar, and THEN covering that with a big pile of spiced ground beef sauce and beans? There really isn't a single thing involved in the construction of a chili dog that is actually good for you.

And yet...and yet...

Because of this, I think it is rather symbolic that chili dogs make an appearance early on in Lee Goldberg's vigilante thriller, Judgment. The first of a four-book series of men's adventure novels Goldberg wrote while still in college back in the mid-80's, Judgment is the story of Brett Macklin, a peaceful man who owns his own small aviation business with nary a care in the world until the murder of his father, JD Macklin.

JD was your classic "one good cop in a bad city", a simple foot patrolman trying to keep crime off the streets, walking the pavement of his beat so that he was at eye-level with the city and the citizens. When JD is killed by a gang of vicious thugs, Brett hopes that the capture and conviction of his father's killers will be swift, sure, and merciless.

Boy, was he wrong.

When the gang of killers goes free, Brett takes up his father's .357 Colt Python ("...the Cadillac of handguns...") and sets out to get himself a little vigilante justice. What he finds instead is a web of conspiracy and corruption that goes much further and much deeper into the fabric of the city than anything he could have possibly imagined.

Much badassery ensues.

I'm going to roll back to that chili dog metaphor for a moment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN
Not a book I would normally read, but I couldn't put it down. Finished it in record time. Full of suspence and an easy read.
Published 1 month ago by Gail Boyce
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing, childish plot
Poorly written book, about revenge. The writing is at a level that a pre-teen might enjoy it, but the sexual content isn't appropriate for that age. Read more
Published 1 month ago by hoppy
First in series. Mr. Jury takes to the streets bringing down each gang member who torched his law enforcement father to death on behest of a corrupt political official and demented... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mikala Rated
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale with lots of action.
This book was hard to put down. I loved the main character who was like Charles Bronson's vigilante character. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by your reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Judgement
This book was repulsive. I have read a couple Goldberg books from Kindle and they were adequate. I picked 3 Goldberg s including this trash which I read 1/3 and trashed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mrbill
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me interested
I enjoyed this was very detailed and actually made you feel like you were there with the characters. This is a good book for people who like vigilantes. Read more
Published on January 31, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Judgement
Just became a fan of Lee Goldberg books. Very good reading hard to put down. Have been reading the e-books more. This books does not slow down at all.
Published on December 25, 2012 by VIE
3.0 out of 5 stars Errors Galore
The number of print errors in this book is embarrassing.
Occasionally you just have to scratch your head.
Still it was readable and nostalgically enjoyable.
Published on July 20, 2010 by Travis Good
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Thriller Novel
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. Read more
Published on April 4, 2010 by J. A. KONRATH
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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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