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The Last Justice [Kindle Edition]

Anthony J. Franze
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Book Description

CHAOS ERUPTS at the U.S. Supreme Court when an assassin guns down six justices as they are hearing a case.

Solicitor General Jefferson McKenna, the government's top lawyer in the Supreme Court, is appointed to the multiagency commission investigating the murders. As Congress draws battle lines over who will replace the slain justices, the commission follows clue after clue, each one pointing to an unlikely suspect:  McKenna himself.

In a desperate bid to prove his innocence, McKenna, on the run with his deputy, Kate Porter, must track down a disgraced law clerk with ties to hidden Saudi assets. But their search leads to unexpected alliances, unearthing dark secrets and corruption at the highest levels -- and the people with clues to the riddle keep turning up dead.  From the marble halls of the high court to the inner corridors of the West Wing, from the D.C. housing projects to the desolate back roads of a New York Indian reservation, McKenna and Porter are on a collision course with a shadowy enemy who will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.

From its explosive first page to its haunting conclusion, THE LAST JUSTICE explores the politics of law, the bounds of friendship and love, and the frightening price of unbridled ambition.

Editorial Reviews


"In the style of John Grisham . . . Anthony Franze's legal thriller brings you into Washington's innermost inner sanctums, at a breakneck pace, and with writing so good that you will feel the chill of the marble halls--and the bullets slicing the chilly air around you."
        --KEITH THOMSON, New York Times bestselling author

"[A]n absorbing debut novel full of galloping plot twists, with that special touch:  emotional truth."

--PERRI O'SHAUGHNESSY, New York Times bestselling author

"A stunning opening, an action-packed, intriguing middle, and a pulse-pounding ending. Who could ask for more from a thriller. Welcome Anthony Franze a great new voice has entered the genre."

- STEVE BERRY, New York Times bestselling author

"The Last Justice is a fast-moving thriller with a clever plot, plenty of red herrings and a surprise ending I did not see coming."

- PHILLIP MARGOLIN, New York Times bestselling author of Capitol Murder

"The Last Justice grabs you by the throat with a killer opening scene in the United States Supreme Court you won t forget and doesn't let you go until the startling finish. Anthony Franze has crafted an intelligent, high-octane thriller that will keep you up late and guessing until the very end. When I turned the final page I immediately wanted more." --ROBERT DUGONI, New York Times bestselling author of Murder One

"The Last Justice is a lightning-paced thriller about high powered lawyers and the courts in which they practice, a story of violence and horror that reveals the unfathomable venality that runs through Washington like a sewer. The glimpse Franze gives us behind the Supreme Court s doors is authoritative and fascinating. A terrific debut."

- WILLIAM LASHNER, New York Times bestselling author

"The speed is the read in adventure thrillers, and by that standard The Last Justice delivers at 2,700 feet per second, the speed of a bullet. But the real treat here is that first-time novelist Anthony J. Franze can also hit the bull's-eye so deftly and with such detail and authority. For starters, the decapitation of America's judicial system in a massacre of Supreme Court justices: that's page one. From there this 24 style tale launches into a mystery tangled in a geopolitical jungle ripped from tomorrow's headlines. Smart, and smartly written, The Last Justice declares the arrival of a major new talent." --JEFF LONG, New York Times bestselling author

"Bristling with fascinating insider details, The Last Justice by Anthony J. Franze is a rare legal thriller authentic, exciting, and beautifully written. From little-seen Supreme Court chambers to elite boardrooms and darkened bedrooms, you'll be swept along on a tidal wave of suspense. Watch out, John Grisham Franze has arrived, and he's damn good!" --GAYLE LYNDS, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

About the Author

Anthony J. Franze is a lawyer in the Appellate and Supreme Court practice at a large Washington, D.C. law firm. In addition to his law practice, he is an adjunct professor of law, teaching courses in Federal Courts and Appellate Practice. Franze is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and the author of numerous scholarly works. He lives with his wife and three children in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The Last Justice is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1599 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling & Ross Publishers; First edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Justice April 10, 2012
By en
A fast paced book that starts off at a sprint and never slows down. This book leads the reader through familiar landmarks in Washington D.C. and New York, and through the unfamiliar arcanum of the Supreme Court and the Solicitor General's office, while drawing the reader deeper and deeper into the intrigue of who was behind the murders of six Supreme Court Justices. Recommended reading for anyone who enjoys legal thrillers.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Welcome to Washington." April 22, 2012
Jefferson McKenna is the thirty-eight year old Solicitor General of the United States in Anthony Franze's thriller, "The Last Justice." In a shocking prologue, an unknown gunman opens fire in the Supreme Court Building and escapes; when the shooting stops, six justices are dead. This horrible day will be known as Black Wednesday.

The story picks up six months later when NYPD Detectives Chase Assad and Emma Milstein grill McKenna about the murder of his former clerk, Parker Sinclair, who was left lying on a Manhattan street with "the front of his white button-down shirt soaked in blood." The authorities wonder if there is a connection between this case and the aforementioned massacre in the nation's highest court. Meanwhile, the President of the United States has to replace the six dead justices, a potential political nightmare. As if this weren't enough of a mess, someone is attempting to frame McKenna, forcing him to go on the run with his colleague and close friend, Kate Porter. Before long, the FBI enters the mix, with Deputy Director Frank Pacini taking over the investigation, ably assisted by Detectives Assad and Milstein.

"The Last Justice" has a provocative premise and McKenna is an appealing protagonist who is astute, handsome, and has had his share of tragedy. However, the plot is too hectic, with complicated machinations pertaining to cases before the court, a stereotypical psychopathic sadist on the rampage, and McKenna constantly being bruised and battered as he fights for his life. The identity of the mastermind will be obvious to most readers in spite of the abundance of red herrings. There is little character development but plenty of action and a high body count.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put the book down . . . February 7, 2012
By 211
What an amazing book! I absolutely loved it and didn't want the story to end. It's fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I highly recommend The Last Justice!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 + The Supreme Court = An Amazing Legal Thriller!!! February 29, 2012
By Kat
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I'm not a fiction fan but I truly enjoyed Anthony Franze's The Last Justice. I read the book cover to cover in a matter of hours. Just like watching a season of 24, I literally could not put the book down. It's non-stop, action-packed, prose and story line keeps you guessing until the very end. The Last Justice is exciting, entertaining (I did laugh out loud), and dramatic (in the best way possible). The book is awesome, read it, and buy it for anyone that's interested in the Supreme Court. I look forward to reading many more legal thrillers by Anthony Franze in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing May 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have always been a fan of law thrillers, and this book has become one of my favorites. It has the right mix of action, suspense, and drama to make it a real page turner. If you are a fan of thrillers I would highly recommend reading "The Last Justice". It gives the reader an inside look into the supreme court and is very historically accurate. It also makes you think, what if these events really did take place? How would our country handle it? What if everyone on the supremem court had the same thought process, in what direction would our country move?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down! February 24, 2012
By 545
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The Last Justice looks great on the outside and is even better on the inside. I tried to guess the ending but couldn't. This book is a great read and would make a great movie. This book was so good that I bought 10 copies for friends and family.

I'm looking forward to Franze's next thriller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book! April 10, 2012
By 7205
This is by far the best legal thriller that I have read. It kept my interest from start to finish, and the closer I got to the end, the harder time I had putting it down. The plot line is unique. The story is fast-paced. And the writing is well-crafted. Anthony Franze did a superb job creating an original and colorful cast of characters, and avoiding the cliches found in so many books of this genre. He is a gifted writer, and I look forward to his next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll read it in one sitting! April 9, 2012
By 978
Franze's The Last Justice was a fun ride! I could not put the book down and I read it in one weekend. The book is fast paced with compelling characters and a great story line. The author also took great accuracy in his details, which adds to the credibility of the story. It's a fun, entertaining read.
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A fast based easy reading book. Enjoyable, suspenseful. Would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick book on the beach or plane trip
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A very good book. A book that was hard to put down. I loved it. Can't wait to read another one from this author.
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It captures the reader, the only improvement would be some of the transition between switching characters. I would read a sequel if there was one.
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I enjoyed this book alot. It kept you very interested from the start to the end. Would be a great movie
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Thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been reading a lot of memoirs and forgot how fun it is to read a mystery.
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More About the Author

Anthony Franze is a lawyer in the Appellate and Supreme Court practice of a major Washington, D.C. law firm and a writer with novels forthcoming from St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books. The New York Times, Washington Post, and other prominent news outlets have quoted Anthony about his work in the Supreme Court, and his articles have been published by Bloomberg, The National Law Journal, and The New Republic. Anthony is an active member of the International Thriller Writers, and managing editor of ITW's The Big Thrill magazine. His next novel, THE ADVOCATE'S DAUGHTER will be released next year.
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