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Judgment (The Jury Series Book 1) by [Goldberg, Lee]
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"This is straight-up men's adventure material {...] So look out, folks! Here comes justice with a big freaking gun!" Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm

"Judgment  has an amped-up, neon-bright,'burning rubber down the main drag doing sixty while blaring Motley Crue so loud you can't even think' sort of quality. And that's how I like it." --Post-Modern Pulps

"Generous helpings of sex and violent action, along with some smart-aleck dialog. But if you're a fan of Robert B. Parker, Dirty Harry, or the Die Hard movies, you'll have a very good time, --J.A Konrath, author of THE LIST and AFRAID

"Lee Goldberg's The Jury Series serves vengeance hot with loads of action and plenty of suspense to keep you turning the e-pages. Vigilante justice was never so much fun, --Joel Goldman, Bestselling author of "Motion to Kill"

This is a really entertaining thrill ride of a story with plenty of sex, violence, humor, social commentary, and great action scenes. Highly recommended. --James Reasoner, bestselling author of "Dust Devils"

About the Author

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar & two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the fifteen Monk mysteries and the internationally bestselling Fox & O'Hare books (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, The Scam, The Pursuit) co-written with Janet Evanovich. He's also written and/or produced scores of TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, Monk, and The GladesAs an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing and production of episodic television series. He recently founded, with author Joel Goldman, the publishing company Brash Books.

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  • File Size: 448 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
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  • Publication Date: April 15, 2011
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  • Language: English
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Plot Storyline: 5 Stars

This novel accomplished what it set out to do, bring the reader an action novel. You won't find philisophical gems of wisdom in this book and, unless you are a bit twisted already, reading this book won't be a life changing experience for you.

The plot is the age-old 'revenge for the death of my daddy' story. However, Mr. Goldberg does bring a little extra to the table by the end. He even manages to set the reader up for the sequel in a very believable manner.

I loved the old guy who jumped out of the refrigerator covered in chocolate body spray to get his wife in the mood. There's not a lot of humor in this book, but what little there is will make you laugh.

Character Development: 4 Stars

Even though it was just an action novel, I still would have liked more insight into Brett's character. When he starting hearing a 'little voice' in his head urging him on, I was a bit turned off. I guess what I was looking for was a little glimpse into his younger days that might explain a capacity for the violence he later perpetrated.

Also, I would have liked more knowledge regarding how Brett knew how to fight so well. A woman even asked him how he kept in shape, and all he did was avoid the question with a joke.

The other characters seemed to have their fair share of explanation and motivation. The 'bad guys' were pretty well done, too.

<strong>Writing Style: 3.5</strong>

The writing was good through most of the novel. I did have a bit of an issue with the viewpoint changes. It's as though the author wanted to write in omniscient viewpoint, but only remembered that every now and then.
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When it comes to gratuitous food, you can't go wrong with the chili dog. Taking what is essentially the discarded remnants of other "edible meats", packing it with spices in a "casing", turning that into a "meat product", wrapping it it a bun that's mostly processed flour and sugar, and THEN covering that with a big pile of spiced ground beef sauce and beans? There really isn't a single thing involved in the construction of a chili dog that is actually good for you.

And yet...and yet...

Because of this, I think it is rather symbolic that chili dogs make an appearance early on in Lee Goldberg's vigilante thriller, Judgment. The first of a four-book series of men's adventure novels Goldberg wrote while still in college back in the mid-80's, Judgment is the story of Brett Macklin, a peaceful man who owns his own small aviation business with nary a care in the world until the murder of his father, JD Macklin.

JD was your classic "one good cop in a bad city", a simple foot patrolman trying to keep crime off the streets, walking the pavement of his beat so that he was at eye-level with the city and the citizens. When JD is killed by a gang of vicious thugs, Brett hopes that the capture and conviction of his father's killers will be swift, sure, and merciless.

Boy, was he wrong.

When the gang of killers goes free, Brett takes up his father's .357 Colt Python ("...the Cadillac of handguns...") and sets out to get himself a little vigilante justice. What he finds instead is a web of conspiracy and corruption that goes much further and much deeper into the fabric of the city than anything he could have possibly imagined.

Much badassery ensues.

I'm going to roll back to that chili dog metaphor for a moment.
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I don't normally like these kinds of vigilante books but I was charmed by the writing, dialogue and humor. It's clear early on in his career that he knew what he was doing, and how to create compelling, even funny characters. I'm loving the 80s pop culture references. (Sassoon jeans!) If it were another author, I probably would not continue reading the series, but I'm a determined Goldberg completist, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the series turns out.
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Back in the mid-Eighties, I was working in a used bookstore, and I used to see copies of a book called .357 VIGILANTE, by an author I'd never heard of named Ian Ludlow. I could tell it was a men's adventure novel, a genre that wasn't nearly as robust then as it had been ten years earlier. I read a lot of those books, but for some reason I don't think I ever even picked up a copy of .357 VIGILANTE and flipped through it, let alone read it.

This is a classic case of not knowing what I was missing.

Now, of course, we know that "Ian Ludlow" was actually a college student named Lee Goldberg, who went on to become a top-notch novelist, screenwriter, and producer. The .357 VIGILANTE series ran for three books, all published by Pinnacle (in its original incarnation, not the Pinnacle line that's now published by Kensington). There was a fourth book in the series that was never published at the time. However, Goldberg has brought back all four novels as e-books, which can be fought separately or all together under the title THE JURY SERIES. I just read the first one, now titled JUDGMENT, and it's a fine novel.

You know right away that this is a little different from the usual men's adventure novel because of the protagonist, Brett Macklin. Most of the men's adventure heroes had military or law enforcement backgrounds. Brett is an aeronautical engineer who has become a pilot and owns a flying service that does a lot of work with movie companies, providing helicopters for aerial filming. Brett's father is a beat cop in Los Angeles, though, and it's his brutal murder in an apparently senseless thrill killing that starts Brett on the road to becoming a vigilante.
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