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Grand Jury Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 1996

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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
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 691 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books (December 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804112959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804112956
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,447,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alumah on January 22, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed every minute of this read! The book pulled me into another world, and coming "back," I have to say the journey was MARVELOUS - great plot, interesting characters (not the always-bright and boringly-beautiful types of other books I've read, but real people). The unexpected plus was that I learned a lot along the way - about grand juries, China and Hong Kong, etc. Now that I've read INADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE and REASONABLE DOUBT, though (Mr. Friedman's other books), I should know to expect such finesse from this author!
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I thought this book was very well written. I'll admit, I was attracted by the author, not the synopsis. Drug wars and international intrigue are not something I usually read about but this book kept me entertained and wanting to read more throughout.
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I've read all Friedman's books and I have spent much time in China and Hong Kong and I loved the book. One of those books which makes you mad at the author for keeping you up all night and glad for the author for taking you away. It worked for me!!!!!!!!! I wonder who the readers are who found fault?
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Format: Hardcover
Read intelligent authors, you can learn a lot (for the non-fiction snobs). I like a book that moves along and does not get bogged down in geographical descriptions. When he describes geography it is germain and concise. Characters are in depth but you learn more about them as it goes along, moves quickly, but keeps you guessing to the very last page. Interesting facts about grand juries, origins of ancient chinese customs. Interesting historical and current Hong Kong facts. I am currently reading "Inadmissible evidence" and finished "Reasonable Doubt", love these books and though they are not a series, they all tie in the main characters and new ones being added.
Highly recommend! (you will end up taking it everywhere with you <grin>
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I found the book to be difficult to put down. Having been to most of the places mentioned in the book (Hong Kong's Mandarin Hotel, the Star Ferry, Macau, Guangzhou, etc.) I think the author captured the feel better than most who write covering such a scene.
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Format: Hardcover
Friedman's long and complex "Grand Jury" is more a novel of intrigue than a legal thriller, although it builds to an explosive and violent ending involving all of the principals.
David Clark, embittered computer whiz, and Susan Linwood, owner of a public relations firm and Chinese wife of a famous and cold neurosurgeon, are both sitting on the grand jury which indicts an elderly Chinese couple for heroin trafficking.
Neither are satisfied with the verdict although it is Susan who becomes obsessed with helping the Engs - perhaps because they remind her of her parents who disappeared in China 20 years before.
David, disturbed by inconsistencies in the testimony and intrigued by Susan, drifts into her personal obsession. Their investigation leads them into the labyrinths of Chinatown's politics and culture, secret gangs and personal vendettas.
And finally, on a sympathy mission for the Engs combined with a chance to learn what really happened to Susan's parents, they travel to Hong Kong and beyond, to the mysteries - and deadly perils - of interior China. Meanwhile the new assistant D.A. is also having misgivings about the case and begins conducting an investigation of his own which seems to point to corruption in the ranks.
As the investigations converge, the switchbacks grow ever more dangerous for the two protagonists and Chinatown intrigue is a dizzying intricacy of menacing puzzles.
Friedman's attempt to explore characterization sometimes leads to bothersome inconsistencies or repetitions but his big story is throughly engrossing and his prose is crisp and to the point.
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Being on a grand jury is a unique experience especially if you have an inquisitive mind as the main characters, Susan and David did. Combine international intrigue, corrupt police and ADAs and Chinatown and you have an exciting adventure story of suspense and mystery.
Friedman throws a little romance into the stir without making it seemed contrived or sorted. His portrayal of the US criminal justice system illustrates his deep understanding of it and brings an authenticity to the story. A fast moving action filled read.
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