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A Jury of Her Peers Hardcover – April 9, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (April 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517700611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517700617
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This fast-moving legal thriller, an accomplished first novel, follows New York City Legal Aid lawyer Sybylla Muldoon as she prepares to defend a once-gentle homeless man named Trent who has been arrested for the brutal stabbing of an Upper East Side schoolgirl. Initially, Trent manifests classic signs of schizophrenia, but he soon becomes coherent and, while intimating a tale of abduction, refuses to speak more fully until his trial. As Koreliltz traces Sybylla's approach to this high-profile case, she reveals the day-to-day workings of modern justice as played out in New York City's crowded courtrooms at 100 Centre Street. Utterly commited to her clients, Sybylla, a postfeminist Nancy Drew, exhibits a thinking woman's appeal that is heightened by both her difficult relationship with her father, a noted right-leaning jurist who may soon become a Supreme Court nominee, and a developing romantic interest. Although the plot, featuring murder, conspiracy, politics and the perversion of justice, moves into Robin Cook territory for a time, Korelitz's convincing characterization, vigorous prose and rapid-fire pacing deliver thoughtful entertainment along with the promised thrills.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Resourceful public defender Sybylla Muldoon exposes an insidious plot involving kidnapping, radical drug experimentation, and jury tampering that extends from a grubby New York courtroom to the hallowed halls of the U.S. Supreme Court. In order to exonerate her client, a homeless man accused of an utterly heinous and seemingly random assault on a young child, Sybylla begins investigating his dubious claim that he was abducted and held against his will in a strange hospital. When she discovers that the baffling implant removed from his upper arm is actually a time-release device loaded with LSD, Sybylla prepares to use this explosive information in her defense argument. Before she is able to present this evidence in court, her client conveniently dies, and she realizes her own life is in grave jeopardy. Fleeing to Washington, D.C., Sybylla uncovers evidence linking her own father, a popular Supreme Court nominee, to the bizarre conspiracy. A suspenseful and tautly rendered legal drama. Margaret Flanagan

More About the Author

Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of the novels A JURY OF HER PEERS, THE SABBATHDAY RIVER, THE WHITE ROSE and ADMISSION, as well as INTERFERENCE POWDER, a novel for middle grade readers, and THE PROPERTIES OF BREATH, a collection of poetry. A new novel, YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN, will be published early in 2014. A film version of ADMISSION starring Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Lily Tomlin was released in March 2013.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"A Jury of Her Peers" is a mediocre legal thriller about a dedicated public defender named Sybylla Muldoon. Sybylla devotes her life to helping her indigent clients, even though she receives very little appreciation for her efforts. While defending a homeless client who has slashed and maimed a nine-year-old girl, Sybylla learns of a nefarious right-wing plot to undermine the jury system. While investigating this plot, Sybylla places her life in jeopardy and she uncovers some horrible secrets concerning her parents. Does this sound impossibly complicated and far-fetched? Well, it is. Although the author gets credit for creating Sybylla, who is an attractive and witty individual, the mystery gets more and more preposterous as the book wears on. Ultimately, the sometimes witty dialogue and the compelling courtroom scenes do not make up for the weak and implausible story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book wasn't a yawner, but it wasn't a page turner. Sorely unrealistic, this book was good for bed time reading as it woud not keep you awake. On the good side, there were no slopy ends that were just tied up to end the book. If you are looking for a nice book this will work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kassidy Brown on April 4, 2014
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I just discovered this author and have read most of her books now. This one isn't quite as good as "You Should Have Known," but it's still quite good, suspenseful and interesting. I highly recommend this book and also the other books by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Watson on March 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was excellent. It gives a new meaning to jury selection. It is a book that kept one surprised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 1997
Format: Hardcover
It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Highly original, it would make a smashing film. I look forward to Korelitz's next book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Jury of Her Peers kept me up all night. I just couldn't (or wouldn't) put it down
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lyncli@aol.com on November 5, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Jury of Her Peers is a compelling first novel from a first-rate mystery writer. The pages in this book practically turn themselves, and the story will keep you guessing until the very end. A young liberal attorney in New York City uncovers a diabololical scheme that goes way beyond the typical definition of jury-rigging. In defending a homeless man accused of stabbing a young girl, she tries to understand what led to his violent attack. What she discovers is nothing short of horrifying -- a tale of corruption and power that shakes the very foundations of the legal and political systems. As she struggles to reach the truth, she must use all of her wits to stay alive. Korelif writes with a flair for wit and cynicism, pacing her story with enough action and intellect to satisfy serious mystery fans. Like Scott Turow and John Grisham, she knows her way around the legal system, and she weaves in a tight plot that fits like clockwork. Quite an impressive debut.
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This story was just too far-fetched, almost like sci-fi. The book has elements of a thriller without actually being exciting. I liked the author's book You Should Have Known much more.
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