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Supreme Justice [Kindle Edition]

Max Allan Collins
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From the Editor

Could an individual or group be trying to tip the balance of the Supreme Court by killing justices? As soon as I heard the setup of Supreme Justice, I knew I wanted to publish it. Inspired by the same modern-day polarized political environment that makes House of Cards so captivating, it’s the kind of scary, thought-provoking concept from which great thrillers are made.

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

Book Description

After taking a bullet for his commander-in-chief, Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder is a hero. But his outspoken criticism of the president he saved—who had stacked the Supreme Court with hard-right justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, amp up the Patriot Act, and shred the First Amendment—put Reeder at odds with the Service’s apolitical nature, making him an outcast.

FBI agent Patti Rogers finds herself paired with the unpopular former agent on a task force investigating the killing of Supreme Court Justice Henry Venter. Reeder—nicknamed “Peep” for his unparalleled skills at reading body language—makes a startling discovery while reviewing a security tape: the shooting was premeditated, not a botched robbery. Even more chilling, the controversial Venter may not be the only justice targeted for death...

Is a mastermind mounting an unprecedented judicial coup aimed at replacing ultra-conservative justices with a new liberal majority? To crack the conspiracy and save the lives of not just the justices but also Reeder’s own family, rising star Rogers and legendary investigator Reeder must push their skills—and themselves—to the limit.

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In the near future, the Supreme Court has reversed Roe v. Wade, strengthened the Patriot Act, and dismissed the Fourth Amendment. Devlin Harrison, the second African American president, is a liberal, but the court’s conservatives plan to outlast him. Then conservative justice Henry Venter is shot and killed in a D.C. restaurant. Enter former Secret Service Agent Joe Reeder, who took a bullet while guarding a president. Hailed as a hero, he made the mistake of expressing his opposition to that president’s neocon politics and quickly became a pariah. His only remaining federal-cop friend is FBI Agent Gabe Sloan, and Sloan, valuing Reeder’s insight, adds Reeder as a consultant to the multiagency task force investigating Venter’s murder. Soon a second conservative justice is killed, and the mastermind behind the crimes may be just getting started. Collins (Ask Not, 2013), perhaps best known for his Nathan Heller novels, has crafted a spiky thriller with a fine inside-the-Beltway sensibility. His politics are transparent enough to cost him conservative readers, but the sense is that Collins is probably OK with that. —Thomas Gaughan


“Settle back in your airplane seat, fasten your seatbelt, and get ready for a great ride in Supreme Justice, Max Allan Collins’s latest novel...Written in a smooth style, the suspense builds relentlessly throughout the story.” —Suspense Magazine

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  • File Size: 4032 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GM54GGQ
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163 of 180 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Reading Political Thriller; Enjoy June 1, 2014
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Supreme Justice is nearly 300 pages, but it is such an easy book to read that it doesn't feel like such a long book. Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down. It is a political thriller and is unlike the hardboiled type of detective book that Collins is best known for. This is not Nathan Heller. It is not Quarry or Nolan.

It is a story about ex-Secret Service agent Reeder who is paired with an FBI Agent Rogers and tasked with solving the most shocking series of murders ever to hit our nation's capital. Someone is killing off Supreme Court Justices and, in particular, conservative Supreme Court justices.

There are nine justices on the Supreme Court. Each is appointed by the current President with the advice and consent of the Senate when a vacancy develops through death or retirement. Article III judges such as Supreme Court Justices serve for a term of life. This means that they often outlast the presidents who appoint them and, if they are young enough when appointed, can serve for twenty or thirty years. Supreme Court justices can leave a lasting impact on the law and on society by virtue of how long they serve and the momentous issues they deal with. Presidents often try to anticipate how their Supreme Court nominees will vote, but that isn't always easy to predict as Eisenhower found with Justice Warren.

The book opens with a Supreme Court clerk being invited out for a drink by the Associate Justice he works for. Supreme Court clerkships are highly prized year-long positions offered to only the best and the brightest from the top law schools. Often, they are the first steps to future office holders and even eventually to seats on the High Court. Nicholas Blount, the clerk invited for a drink, is from a top Republican political family.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read Any Of His Earlier Books Instead June 5, 2014
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I have 52 of his books on my Kindle, and several more in other editions. Most are excellent. This is a noteworthy exception.

These characters are one dimensional, boring, ignorant, and dim. Supposed experienced law enforcement types, they're politically correct, sanitized, goofy, cardboard cutouts. M.A.C. generally does his homework, but not this time. He thinks a Glock has a safety. He thinks cops shoot to wound. Such errors might be forgivable were the story interesting and well told. This time he explains what the story is about rather than telling the story. The politics are annoying, and repetitive; somehow they manage to be both predictable and nonsensical.

A bad book, this one goes from barely mediocre to truly terrible. Did Max Allan Collins actually write this? I hope not; he usually spins a good yarn.

Aside from that, it's dreadful!
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124 of 166 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book June 1, 2014
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I liked the idea of the book and for the most part the story was good. I did not like the references that clearly pointed to a fictional version of Clarence Thomas. I didn't like the right vs left political points that were negative towards conservative values, but with just enough "bad" on the liberal side that if you aren't paying attention, you could probably pretend the book is neutral. It's not. I did like the characters, I liked that the story moved quickly, it held my attention and I wanted to keep reading and get to the end. The story was good and could have been great without the political propaganda.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Skippable June 17, 2014
By Joe K
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An interesting idea with room for a great story drowned under the weight of stock characters, story developments so predictable that I became frustrated with those stock characters being so completely unable to see them coming, plot holes big enough to drive a truck through, writing that never felt a need to show where a tell would do, uninspired dialogue, and a universe that felt simultaneously not taken sufficient advantage of AND poorly designed at the same time. Worth every penny of the zero dollars I spent on it.

If the premise fascinates you, I recommend skipping this book and picking up The Pelican Brief, John Grisham's far better executed take on the same idea.
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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stereotypes and Pious Drivel June 3, 2014
By kc
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If your world is colored black and white (or Liberal and Conservative), and you identify with shallow ideological stereotypes, you might like this book. If you are looking for thinly disguised characters that are caricatures of former or current political figures, you might like this book. if you like well written fiction and page turning mysteries, don't bother.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So liberal January 12, 2015
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The author spends too much time building "liberal" values. So much so that it ruined what may have been a great book. I'll quit now rather than waste any more time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars CRAP August 9, 2014
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I couldn't make it through the third chapter. The undertone animosity of conservatives is too much for me. If you're a liberal you'll love it.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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The book flowed well and was a quick read... characters were sympathetic if a bit thinly described. The high point was the political assessment, what would happen if certain justices were removed from the supreme court and how who is president would change the landscape for generations!! Some of the politics were a little heavy handed, but the overall experience was enjoyable.

I would call this a summer afternoon read.

Mr. Collins - one note: GLOCKS DO NOT HAVE SAFETIES!!! (sorry, second book I have read recently that made that mistake)

All the best,

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Max Allan Collins is a New York Times bestselling author of original mysteries, a Shamus award winner and an experienced author of movie adaptions and tie-in novels. His graphic novel ROAD TO PERDITION was made into a major motion picture by Tom Hanks's production company, Playtone.

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