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The Jury Master Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2007
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446617075
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446617079
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 1.25 x 6.75 inches
- Publisher : Popular Library; Reissue edition (January 1, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your results may differ of course, but for me, I find these books to provide gripping plot lines, excellent writing, and a chance to emotionally connect with his characters, and even a few new perspectives that provide solace over some of the losses I've experienced over the decades. These are wise books, and they're fun as hell to read.
As of 2018, Robert Dugoni has published 18 books beginning in 2004. The Jury Master is the first entry of five novels to date in his David Sloane series. Sloane, the protagonist, is a trial attorney specializing in wrongful death defense in San Francisco as the novel opens. Dugoni himself practiced law in the courtrooms of the same city for 13 years. When The Jury Master concludes, Sloane has moved to Seattle, where Dugoni now makes his home.
The story in this novel involves several intertwining threads and a half-dozen principal characters. To say that it's complicated is an understatement. Dugoni does a fine job building suspense, and he manages to leave the resolution of the tale to the book's final chapters. In fact, the resolution is what some readers might call "shattering." I found it questionable. This is, indeed, a thriller that thrills only until the end.
If you read this book, be prepared to encounter an unnaturally gifted trial lawyer, a super-secret US military death squad, a right-wing Mexican revolutionary leader, and a White House Chief of Staff who is a heartless killer. In other words, I should have seen the ending coming.
What I didn't like was that the author would move back and forth between scenes too often and too abruptly. The reader would just be getting into one scene, and all of a sudden we would have to adjust our thinking. I think Dugoni did this to create a sense of ending each chapter with a cliffhanger, but he didn't pull it off. It was disruptive rather than effective. He would also start each new chapter out of nowhere, and so the reader would be lost as to time and place and who for about a paragraph. Not sure what Dugoni was trying to accomplish with this technique, but it was a fail.
Even so, I would probably try this author again if he wrote true courtroom dramas. THE JURY MASTER, despite its title, was not--and, therefore, was a disappointment to this reader. This book was an espionage thriller, with little to no time spent in the courtroom or dealing with legal matters. If you like that kind of book, you'll enjoy this, but anyone expecting to delve into a courtroom drama will feel as led astray as I was.
last 100 pages. If I would have been drinking a couple glasses of wine, I might have blamed the wine, but alas, there is no one to blame, but those last hundred pages. This is my third Dugoni book, and the first two Tracy Crosswhite novels were really good reads. So back to detective Tracy Crosswhite and hopefully a more sane (and believable) storyline.
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If you are planning on reading the other books in the Sloane series, which I understand do revolve around court cases, I recommend that you read this one first. It gives Sloane's background, which is really important in understanding his reasoning and abilities. I am currently reading the second novel in the Sloane series, Wrongful Death. Good so far, but I needed the insight that I got from this first book.
I recommend it.