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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Strebor Books; First Edition edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593091729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593091729
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,522,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Mathis, a juvenile delinquent turned judge and courtroom reality show host in Detroit, Mich., delivers his unfortunate first novel, a trite thriller featuring a crusading Mathis as the protagonist. The action begins as Mathis uncovers corruption in the seductive form of ambitious assistant D.A. Carolyn Otto, who has begun an affair with Mathis's good friend, Gram Olson, in an attempt to swindle Gram's wife's money. Carolyn (whom Mathis refers to as "black widow" ad nauseam) reaches the apex of evil as she blackmails Olson and tries to bribe Mathis himself. Simultaneously, Mathis is searching for the killer of Sheila Morgan, a single mother who was decapitated. Unfortunately, the narrative is disjointed and comically hokey, and the prose is less than lackluster.
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About the Author

Judge Greg Mathis is a national television judge. His inspirational life story of a street youth who rose from jail to judge has provided hope, entertainment, and legal insight to millions who watch his award-winning television show each day. Judge Mathis began his career working in politics and social justice. Prior to his judgeship, he worked for Detroit's city council and its mayor. He is an advocate for equal justice and currently serves as an official with three civil rights organizations. The judge helps troubled youth in and out of the courtroom. He has assisted thousands of families and youth for decades through his nonprofit agency. During his travels where he lectures on equal justice, he has received hundreds of awards and has been honored by numerous governors, mayors, city councils, and state and federal legislatures.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla C. Johnson on September 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Amazon Rating: 3.5

After being sworn in as the youngest Judge on the bench in Detroit, Judge Greg Mathis, in Street Judge, sets out to make a change in the city where he grew up. Known as the Murder Capital, Detroit has become a violent place to live. On his first day on the bench, the police ask Judge Mathis to speak with high profile drug dealer, who also happens to be an acquaintance from his past. The information that he gives Judge Mathis could solve the murder of a young woman but there are complications and political cover-ups involved. Judge Mathis sets out in his own unique style to find the truth without jeopardizing his moral code to himself and the oath that he has taken.

Street Judge was a very interesting story to read. Written in first person, the reader gets the impression that he/she is actually having a conversation with Judge Mathis instead of reading a book. Since I was given a review copy of the book, I assumed that this was a book of fiction but it is not. Street Judge is indeed a true story of Judge Mathis' life and a story of murder, mystery and political crimes and cover-ups. He also introduces readers to his non-profit organization, Young Adults Asserting Themselves and Sheila's House, which help addicts that are seeking help. The ending of the memoir/autobiography was a bit rushed and put a damper on the conclusion for this reader. All in all, fans of Judge Mathis will like this story

Reviewed by: Priscilla C. Johnson
APOOO BookClub
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on April 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
STREET JUDGE is a fast-paced tale of suspense and savvy detective work by the one and only Judge Greg Mathis. One aspect of this story is unique, though, and that's the fact that it's fiction. Mathis is a newly appointed judge whose in-depth knowledge of the crime-riddled streets of Detroit serves him well and makes him a little bit of a target.

When police find the decapitated body of an African-American woman and the seemingly unrelated arrest of a drug dealer looks like it might unearth some much needed leads, Judge Mathis is put on the hot seat. The drug dealer will only share what he knows with Mathis, and only if Mathis agrees to his conditions. Unfortunately for him, Mathis won't compromise his strong code of ethics, no matter how pressed the police are for leads in the case. Instead, the judge takes to the streets of Detroit, the same streets where he grew up and learned the ropes. He uncovers the truth about the woman's death for himself. A twisted web of political corruption and unseemly behavior on the part of city officials unravels, slowly but surely, and Mathis won't stop until he knows who did what, when, where and why.

STREET JUDGE by Judge Greg Mathis is an engaging read, one that mystery/suspense fans will no doubt enjoy. The plot rolls along smoothly, right up until the last page, when you'll understand what being a street judge is really all about. I was left wondering if this was the beginning of a series, and hoping it might be.

Reviewed by T. Shelly B.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward D. Turner on April 2, 2012
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I think Judge Mathis is an awesome guy! I DVR his show every day, and when I saw that he had authored a book, I purchased a copy for my Kindle right away; however, I was very dissappointed. The book is all over the place. There is no flow: one minute he is talking about his first day at work; the next minute he is spending time with friends, then he is off driving somewhere. I like books that flow, that's all I'm saying. I still admire Judge Mathis and I always will, I will pass on his books, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sala on March 13, 2011
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STREET JUDGE was given as a gift to a young man in trouble. It was encouraging to note that he read it and found it helpful to him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bridgett C. Carter on March 13, 2010
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I don't read a lot of books but I'm a fan of Judge Mathis and this book appealed to me. I read this book in a just a couple of nights, I didn't want to put it down. It was so interesting because it was a true story and Judge Mathis was not trying to be someone else telling the story; he was real. I would definately recommend this book to anyone!
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