From Library Journal
Completing the trilogy begun with the well-received Reasonable Doubt (Donald I. Fine, 1990) and Inadmissible Evidence (Donald I. Fine, 1992), Grand Jury explores the secret workings of New York City's pretrial testing ground. An elderly Chinese couple is arrested for narcotics trafficking. One grand juror, herself part Chinese and oddly sympathetic to the pair, smells a rat. She inveigles another juror, a computer jock captivated by her beauty, into traveling with her to Asia, where love blooms. Back home, though, the local corruption squad has smelled the same rat, and the chase is on. And on and on. Having done prodigious research on these topics, Friedman lays them out in all their complexity, which makes it difficult for him to sustain the expected pace of an action thriller. But he is a strong, declarative writer, offering quick-fire dialog and appealing characters. His settings are gritty and realistic, though the sex and violence are muted by a considerate pen. Any library with a Friedman following will want to complete the set, and every collection stocking up for vacation reading should consider.?Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
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The author of the best-sellers Inadmissible Evidence
(1992) and Reasonable Doubt
(1990) has written another legal thriller, this time going beyond the facade of the courtroom and exploring the more clandestine world of the grand jury. The action focuses on Susan Linwood, a fortysomething public relations executive of Chinese descent, and David Clark, an unemployed computer hack. The two grand jurors find themselves increasingly involved in a drug-conspiracy case against two elderly Chinatown residents. Suspicious of the flimsy case presented by the prosecuting attorneys, Linwood and Clark begin investigating on their own. The action and suspense build as their quest for information about the case ultimately takes them to Hong Kong and China, where they face danger and intrigue. This lengthy novel with its twisting, turning, intricate plot and variety of exotic locales will be popular with fans of the genre. Kathleen Hughes