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The Just and the Unjust 1st Edition
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Cozzens also shines in "Guard of Honor" and "By Love Posessed." I don't know why he has fallen out of favor. His style may be too dense for modern, short attention spans. Their loss.
age 78 and growing
Abner comes from a line of lawyers. His judge father, at home struggling to recover from a stroke, eagerly awaits Abner's lunchtime or suppertime reports from the historic old courthouse. Old Judge Coates also thinks Abner should get married, and fortunately, there's just the girl (and we go along on a couple of their dates), but Ab isn't sure he can afford to get hitched yet. He is wrestling with whether he should run for D. A. in the next election. Marty plans to move on to a more prestigious position, and he and the local party boss think Abner is their replacement. But young Coates has doubts. He worries the party boss will ask for political favors, and he also knows being the D.A. would place a lot more responsibility on him than he currently carries as A. D. A.
Other legal issues -- like a vehicular manslaughter case in which culpability is in doubt -- do take some of Abner's time. But mainly, he's in court trying to "burn" the two men who admit to participating in the kidnapping of another less-than-upstanding fellow, but claim they should not be held accountable for his murder because they personally were unarmed and thought they were taking him home when they all got in the car with the actual shooter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story will appeal to fans of the small town life and of legal dilemmas.
Written in 1942, I felt as if the novel was as if the author took the cast of the old Andy... Read more
Cozzens is TOO forgotten, the books, popular when they were published, are just as vibrant now as they were 60 years ago.Published 12 months ago by James A. Fox
I like Cozzens; he writes with wit, insight, and intelligence. Think Dreiser but not as long-winded. Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by Rick Alexander
A week after finishing The Just and the Unjust, I'm still going through withdrawal, my heart sinking when I remember I have no more of it to read and have gone on to a lesser... Read morePublished on April 21, 2007 by V. McCoy
James Gould Cozzens was a first class witer of American novels in the 1930s-50s and I think I read most of his books, including this one, as they were published (this one coming... Read morePublished on February 21, 2007 by James Barton Phelps
You have to remember that this is not exactly contemporary fiction. If you want to read a well-written story about a different time in America, you will enjoy this book immensely. Read morePublished on January 7, 2007 by Barbara Klein
Cozzens' novel has been praised as a realistic portrayal of a murder trial, and that it is. Three men are being tried for murder in a kidnap-ransom case that went wrong. Read morePublished on October 24, 2006 by J. Marren
This is a solid, intelligent novel centering around a murder trial. Abner Coates is an assistant DA, and this is his first murder case. Read morePublished on April 29, 2006 by Bomojaz