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The Last Justice by [Anthony J. Franze]
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"In the style of John Grisham . . . Anthony Franze's legal thriller brings you into Washington's innermost inner sanctums, at a breakneck pace, and with writing so good that you will feel the chill of the marble halls--and the bullets slicing the chilly air around you."
        --KEITH THOMSON, New York Times bestselling author

"[A]n absorbing debut novel full of galloping plot twists, with that special touch:  emotional truth."

--PERRI O'SHAUGHNESSY, New York Times bestselling author

"A stunning opening, an action-packed, intriguing middle, and a pulse-pounding ending. Who could ask for more from a thriller. Welcome Anthony Franze a great new voice has entered the genre."

- STEVE BERRY, New York Times bestselling author

"The Last Justice is a fast-moving thriller with a clever plot, plenty of red herrings and a surprise ending I did not see coming."

- PHILLIP MARGOLIN, New York Times bestselling author of Capitol Murder

"The Last Justice grabs you by the throat with a killer opening scene in the United States Supreme Court you won t forget and doesn't let you go until the startling finish. Anthony Franze has crafted an intelligent, high-octane thriller that will keep you up late and guessing until the very end. When I turned the final page I immediately wanted more." --ROBERT DUGONI, New York Times bestselling author of Murder One

"The Last Justice is a lightning-paced thriller about high powered lawyers and the courts in which they practice, a story of violence and horror that reveals the unfathomable venality that runs through Washington like a sewer. The glimpse Franze gives us behind the Supreme Court s doors is authoritative and fascinating. A terrific debut."

- WILLIAM LASHNER, New York Times bestselling author

"The speed is the read in adventure thrillers, and by that standard The Last Justice delivers at 2,700 feet per second, the speed of a bullet. But the real treat here is that first-time novelist Anthony J. Franze can also hit the bull's-eye so deftly and with such detail and authority. For starters, the decapitation of America's judicial system in a massacre of Supreme Court justices: that's page one. From there this 24 style tale launches into a mystery tangled in a geopolitical jungle ripped from tomorrow's headlines. Smart, and smartly written, The Last Justice declares the arrival of a major new talent." --JEFF LONG, New York Times bestselling author

"Bristling with fascinating insider details, The Last Justice by Anthony J. Franze is a rare legal thriller authentic, exciting, and beautifully written. From little-seen Supreme Court chambers to elite boardrooms and darkened bedrooms, you'll be swept along on a tidal wave of suspense. Watch out, John Grisham Franze has arrived, and he's damn good!" --GAYLE LYNDS, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

About the Author

Anthony Franze is a lawyer in the Appellate and Supreme Court practice of a major Washington, D.C. law firm and author of THE ADVOCATE'S DAUGHTER, coming March 22, 2016 from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur. 
Learn more at anthonyfranzebooks.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1599 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling & Ross Publishers; First edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 7, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GKZUCA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
A fast paced book that starts off at a sprint and never slows down. This book leads the reader through familiar landmarks in Washington D.C. and New York, and through the unfamiliar arcanum of the Supreme Court and the Solicitor General's office, while drawing the reader deeper and deeper into the intrigue of who was behind the murders of six Supreme Court Justices. Recommended reading for anyone who enjoys legal thrillers.
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Jefferson McKenna is the thirty-eight year old Solicitor General of the United States in Anthony Franze's thriller, "The Last Justice." In a shocking prologue, an unknown gunman opens fire in the Supreme Court Building and escapes; when the shooting stops, six justices are dead. This horrible day will be known as Black Wednesday.

The story picks up six months later when NYPD Detectives Chase Assad and Emma Milstein grill McKenna about the murder of his former clerk, Parker Sinclair, who was left lying on a Manhattan street with "the front of his white button-down shirt soaked in blood." The authorities wonder if there is a connection between this case and the aforementioned massacre in the nation's highest court. Meanwhile, the President of the United States has to replace the six dead justices, a potential political nightmare. As if this weren't enough of a mess, someone is attempting to frame McKenna, forcing him to go on the run with his colleague and close friend, Kate Porter. Before long, the FBI enters the mix, with Deputy Director Frank Pacini taking over the investigation, ably assisted by Detectives Assad and Milstein.

"The Last Justice" has a provocative premise and McKenna is an appealing protagonist who is astute, handsome, and has had his share of tragedy. However, the plot is too hectic, with complicated machinations pertaining to cases before the court, a stereotypical psychopathic sadist on the rampage, and McKenna constantly being bruised and battered as he fights for his life. The identity of the mastermind will be obvious to most readers in spite of the abundance of red herrings. There is little character development but plenty of action and a high body count.
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What an amazing book! I absolutely loved it and didn't want the story to end. It's fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I highly recommend The Last Justice!!
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Thriller writers must be given novelist's licence to tell a tale - but this one has gone so far that it is unbelievable. I always make a reality check before writing a review and this check failed in so many ways. A reality check is important, especially when a book is set around the operation of parts of the US political system that are so well known, even to someone like me who lives outside the US.

I read this Indie book because the plot sounded interesting and it was awash with 5 star ratings. I wonder now if I was reading the same book or if the majority of readers are happy to accept such unbelievable rubbish.

The book started dramatically with a gunman assassinating 5 Supreme Court Justices using a gun already taped under a seat in the courtroom. He missed the Chief Justice who shot back because he was packing a pistol (the ARA would have been very proud of him) but he was killed by security guards because they thought he was part of the attack. The killer got away in the crowd fleeing the gunfire. I should have started my reality check there and then but kept reading.

The story that followed included contract murder, blackmail, bribery, adultery, hidden cameras, hot iron branding and more against the setting of "the United States Supreme Court, the greatest court in the world, in the greatest country of the world" (a direct quote).

IMHO the only part of the book that met my reality check was that six months after the assassinations the US President and the US political system had not yet come to an agreement on the nomination of 6 judges to replace those who were killed.
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If you like John Grisham's THE FIRM, you will like this book. I don't think it 's quite as good, however it comes pretty darn close. One reviewer complained of lack of character development, I would rather a book in mystery /thriller genre have strong, plausible plotline and pacing(both of which this book has) than a book with great character development and plodding or weak /implausible story. Should this become a series, this author will be able to develop character as series continues.
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I'm not a fiction fan but I truly enjoyed Anthony Franze's The Last Justice. I read the book cover to cover in a matter of hours. Just like watching a season of 24, I literally could not put the book down. It's non-stop, action-packed, prose and story line keeps you guessing until the very end. The Last Justice is exciting, entertaining (I did laugh out loud), and dramatic (in the best way possible). The book is awesome, read it, and buy it for anyone that's interested in the Supreme Court. I look forward to reading many more legal thrillers by Anthony Franze in the future.
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I have always been a fan of law thrillers, and this book has become one of my favorites. It has the right mix of action, suspense, and drama to make it a real page turner. If you are a fan of thrillers I would highly recommend reading "The Last Justice". It gives the reader an inside look into the supreme court and is very historically accurate. It also makes you think, what if these events really did take place? How would our country handle it? What if everyone on the supremem court had the same thought process, in what direction would our country move?
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