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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.

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"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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GKZUCA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Justice April 10, 2012
By en
Format:Hardcover
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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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Welcome to Washington." April 22, 2012
Format:Hardcover
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
Format:Hardcover
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 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 24 + The Supreme Court = An Amazing Legal Thriller!!! February 29, 2012
By Kat
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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 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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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 Lost sleep!! May 18, 2012
By Jen
Format:Hardcover
What a great read. I just could not stop reading it! I wanted to find out how it ended so I stayed up all night and the ending was not let down! I will be looking forward to reading more from this author. Recommended it to my book club group and we acutally read the book for once!!
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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
Format:Hardcover
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It kept your interest until the very end
Published 20 days ago by charlotte goldflam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Keeps you interest until the last page!
Published 20 days ago by BONNY NEWMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been reading a lot of memoirs ...
Thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been reading a lot of memoirs and forgot how fun it is to read a mystery.
Published 28 days ago by Jean E. Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!!!
For fans of legal thrillers, this worth waiting for. I waited a couple of months for this book from my local library, but to no avail. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Seun
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the court?
The story keeps you guessing until the end. The author also adds in history of the Supreme Court into the storyline.
Published 2 months ago by CHANDRA M. BECK
5.0 out of 5 stars excellant
Very good chronological accounting of the court system and how corrupt the politics could possibly be in Washington DC and the court system.
Published 3 months ago by phil
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced read
Keeps you wanting more as you turn the pages. Love the short chapter format that allows you to put the book down... when you have to.
Published 3 months ago by GaryR
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I really liked this book. It kept my interest throughout the entire story.
The reason for the four stars was because there were some typos and grammatical errors. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Price was right
never made the New York Times best seller list but all in all, a fair read. Perfect for that lazy afternoon when you want a lite read to relax.
Published 6 months ago by Ricky Jack
3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, well researched
This was a good legal thriller with believable characters. It was well paced with interesting plot twists. I am disappointed with the ending, however. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth A. Jara
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More About the Author

Anthony J. Franze is a lawyer in the Appellate and Supreme Court practice at a major Washington, D.C. law firm and author of the debut legal thriller, THE LAST JUSTICE. In addition to his writing and law practice, he is an adjunct professor of law and has been a commentator for Bloomberg, the National Law Journal, and other news outlets. He also writes a monthly series for Suspense Magazine and is a features editor for The Big Thrill magazine. Anthony lives in the D.C. area with his wife and three children.

Learn more at www.anthonyfranzebooks.com


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