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Justice in June [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Levenson
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Miami in June: it's raining, it's pouring, but the life of criminal defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz is anything but boring-especially when she gets caught up in a whirlwind of three different cases.Judge Liz Maxwell's job, sanity, and reputation are at stake, and she needs Mary to ferret out wrongdoing in Miami's courts. Solving this case won't just mean going out on a limb; it will mean risking life and limb.Luis Corona, a family friend of Mary's boyfriend, Carlos, needs help with a legal matter that, to Mary's horror, turns out to be a terrorism charge. And this case will leave some catastrophic damage-and unwelcome notoriety-in its wake.Just when Mary thought things couldn't get worse, Carlos gets in his own nasty legal quandary-one that could cost him everything.Three cases. One Mary. One torrential downpour of turmoil.Can she weather the storm? Ride out the cold front that settles over her once-hot romance? Salvage what remains of her-and her clients'-reputations?For Mary Magruder Katz, this month's forecast calls for trouble.


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From Publishers Weekly

Protecting the rights of a suspected Argentine terrorist and those of a well-respected judge keeps Mary Magruder Katz hopping in Levenson's provocative, if at times clunky, second thriller to feature the Miami criminal defense attorney (after Fatal February). Through Mary's half-Cuban lover, Carlos Martin, who's pressuring her to marry him, Mary winds up representing Luis Corona, the frightened son of a friend of Carlos's uncle. Federal authorities arrested Luis after an incident on a flight from Buenos Aires, and he's in danger of being shipped to Guantánamo. Meanwhile, Mary is fighting for another client, Judge Elizabeth Maxwell, who's under investigation by the State Attorney's Office for allegedly fixing drug cases. The judge, who's involved in a secret relationship with a married lawyer, is understandably frantic, but Mary manages to keep her cool as she strives to untangle two complicated cases. (June)
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With two new clients, Miami defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz has a full plate. Criminal Court Judge Liz Maxwell is under investigation, reportedly for dismissing drug cases prematurely, and Luis Corona, a young “cousin” of Mary’s sexy boyfriend, real-estate developer Carlos Martin, is spirited away as a possible terrorist because of his behavior on the plane from his native Argentina. In an atmosphere in which informants in a drug-trafficking case are being murdered and even a hint of terrorism brings bad press, Mary is personally threatened and attacked. Then Carlos is sued by buyers of his condo under construction. And, as if that weren’t enough, a dinner is arranged with their parents, who have yet to meet. Nearly overwhelmed both professionally and personally, Mary works and schemes to land on her feet. In this sequel to her debut Fatal February (2009), Levenson, herself a judge, provides a nice sense of place, a feisty protagonist, and a satisfying conclusion. --Michele Leber

Product Details

  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933515716
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 2 edition (June 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YFJ69E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps I have the wrong copy? January 2, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I am an avid mystery reader and enjoyed Levenson's "Justice in June" except that she really, really needed a proof reader. I don't know if it was the publisher's fault or where to place the blame but the copy I received as a gift (my adult daughter purchased it at a book-signing event for the author) had HUGE errors. I would be reading along and then the next page would have absolutely nothing to do with the page I just read. This happened twice and was very disconcerting. I had to backtrack or go forward to find where I should be. One chapter was repeated twice.

The mystery itself was fun and an easy read. The book is fast-paced (once I got over the editing errors) and a definite page turner. There are several stories running concurrently so that adds to the interest. Many of the other reviewers have described the plot (which is not very helpful when describing a mystery - part of the enjoyment of the read is discovering the plot unfold yourself) so I will not.

I'm concerned about purchasing Levenson's first book for fear the same editing problems will get in the way. I noticed that I have a first edition - perhaps other editions will not have the same errors. Levenson is a talented writer and I hope she either gets another publisher or hires a final proof reader herself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced book but not stellar writing September 5, 2011
By Beth PH
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I downloaded the Kindle version of this book to pass the time and it did just that. The story was interesting and I enjoyed the courtroom scenes and legal issues. Some of the dialogue is stilted, though, with many passages being downright awkward. I don't know if it's the Kindle version or what, but wow, there were a lot of annoying punctuation errors! It wasn't a terribly exciting book, but I wanted to keep reading and I ordered the prequal - so that brought my review up to four stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Beach Read June 21, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Another hot summer crime thriller! Why is it that summer is the best time to indulge in this type of book? Lazing on the beach or by the pool, I almost feel criminal as I read another thriller steeped in murder and mystery. Perhaps it's because only a cliff-hanger can bring me up from my sun-induced coma.

If you are a fan of Janet Evanovich and her fictional character, Stephanie Plum, then this is a book and series you will enjoy. Justice in June is the second installment of this series; the first was Fatal February. (Random thought: why did we skip so many months? Why not Marauding March, Anarchistic April, Maniacal May?)

Mary Katz Magruder is our lead `detective' and is a criminal defense lawyer practicing in Miami. In this book, Mary has been hired to defend the friend-of-friend-of-a-friend of her Cuban boyfriend, Carlos. While originally thinking the young man's arrest was perhaps a simple language or cultural misunderstanding, Mary is disturbed when it turns into an international incident with ties to Guantanamo Bay and dirty dealings in the local courthouse with a very powerful judge. At the same time, she is hired by another judge to defend her from the allegations of misuse of power.
With two new cases on such a large and complicated scale, Mary is frantic the entire book through, trying to unravel the two cases and then to discover their common threads.

I really enjoyed this new series. As I stated earlier, it reminds of me of Stephanie Plum, albeit without the boozing, cursing and philandering. I found Mary Katz Magruder to be a much more likable character than Plum. Her life is just complicated enough to enjoy from afar and just spicy enough to keep me turning the pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read December 10, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed this book. A good mystery without the gore. The realistic peek at the US justice system since 9/11 was thought provoking, if not frightening. I am looking forward to the next installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Review April 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a very easy read. It was quick paced and this will make me interested in reading more of the writer's work.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and fast-paced January 15, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I just picked up this book from the library - saw it on the shelves and took a chance. What a delightful surprise!
Justice in June is a fast-paced amateur sleuth detective story featuring a sharp female lawyer. The characters are fairly one-dimensiona; and it's not as edgy or fine-tuned as the Lisa Scottoline books. However, the portrayal of the legal system is excellent. The depiction of federal justice in action seems all too realistic. The writing is excellent and the book held my attention all the way through - a rare feat these days. The ends tie up a little too neatly and there's a lot of reliance on luck, such as drawing a good judge. But it's a great escape and definitely better than a lot of better-known authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this whodunit and found none of the formatting or punctuation problems others have complained about. Clearly, they have been corrected.I liked protagonist Mary Magruder Katz and all the people surrounding her who appeared just enough to be interesting, but not enough to detract from the main plot.
Mary is an attorney in Miami, FL where everyone has some minority blood in their veins. Mary has gotten involved with two major cases and one minor one, which carry the always interesting and often exciting plot through to the final page. One case involves a local judge who is suspected of leniency and possible collusion with drug offenders and whose career is on the line. The other, handed to her almost by accident, concerns a young man from Argentina rendered incommunicado by the Justice Department and Homeland Security on suspicion that he is a terrorist. The third comes when her boyfriend, a home developer, is sued because he is behind schedule in building some high-end condos. Mary has her work cut out for her and manages to deal with Miami weather, which in June means rain and more rain, as well as with threats against her life and limb.
This book was a fun read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Magruder Katz is Back!!
Justice In June is the second book in Barbara Levenson’s Mary Magruder Katz Mystery Series. The book opens with a dead informant and criminal defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz... Read more
Published 2 days ago by LH171
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice in June
Justice in June Barbara Levenson
This is the 2nd book in the Mary Magruder mystery series, We find Mary preparing to defend Judge Liz Maxwell, who is being investigated by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gram Tess
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Legal Suspense
Well constructed story. Fun and interesting to read. Involves criminal defense and Homeland Security. Very little violence or blood. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice In June
I enjoyed the interaction of the South Florida cultures and their interactions. A Really good mystery and the workings of our judicial system to give everyone the right to a fair... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tlv
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This was a fast read because it was so great. There was never a dull moment in this book. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this story and the characters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fast read
Light read with lots of humor. It was kinda hard to follow at first because so much was going on. It was nicely tied up at the end.
Published 11 months ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice In June
A very well written book which kept my attention all the way through. Mary was a very good attorney who gave her all for her clients. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pamela Graf
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant way to spend a day
This is the 2nd book that I've read by this author and will read everything with her name on it. It's been rainy in FL and these books have been at my side providing hours of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by CristCross
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Fast paced page turning action. Great fun to read and an enjoyable story line. A nice touch of humour as well.
Published 17 months ago by RMills
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT FREE LIKE LISTED
I hate it when it says it's FREE and when you go to get it the price sure ain't free....I know it says limited time but just got the email & it's already expired?? NOT IMPRESSED
Published 19 months ago by thetazlady12
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