But Supreme Justice is more than just a good concept. It’s a deftly constructed, fast-paced story by one of the most decorated and esteemed American mystery writers. Best known for Road to Perdition, Max Allan Collins is the author of more than 100(!) books and the winner of too many awards to list here.
One of the things I love about Supreme Justice is the pair of compelling sleuths working the case: Joseph Reeder is a former Secret Service officer and an expert in kinesics—the science of facial expressions and body language—which gives him a Sherlock Holmes–like ability to notice what other people don’t. A hero for taking a bullet for a president, he is also ostracized from the government after sharing his dislike for the very leader he saved.
Then there’s Patti Rogers, a driven FBI agent who gets paired with Reeder for the first time on this high-profile case. She faces the most interesting, challenging, and emotionally wracking decision in the book: should she put her job and her life on the line out of loyalty to a partner she’s known for only a matter of days?
As they wade into the case of the murdered justice, their journey is a breathtaking inside-the-Beltway page-turner from a master of mystery.
- Alan Turkus, Editor