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Passing Judgement: Short Stories about Serving Justice Paperback – March 19, 2013
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About the Author
As an anthropologist, Lesann Berry divides her time between academic interests and professional research, focused primarily on the American west. Inspired by the geologic features of empty landscapes, the ancient art and prehistory of those settings often feature in her work. She writes about messed-up people involved in sinister events and says her stories often feature paranormal or romantic elements because life is boring without spooky stuff and warm bodies. Crossing genre lines, she pens both contemporary and historical mysteries, romantic suspense, and even a little horror. Visit www.lesannberry.com for information about upcoming releases.
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If you enjoy crime fiction in short, lethal doses, don't pass up a juicy opportunity like this.
Passing Judgement is a collection of twelve short stories dealing with people bent on taking revenge or resolving personal vendatas when the legal system fails or your rules are different then the laws of the land. Each story describes the situation, takes a slight twist and brings you to a surprise ending. They take place at different times My favorite story is The Tsar's Granddaughter where Ivanka believes that today is her lucky day only to find out that she and her family might be in danger unless she follows her grandfather's demand that goes against her nature and will make her unhappy for the rest of her life.
The stories in Passing Judgement are set in various locations around the world and influencd by many cultures. It is obvious that a lot of time and research were done to give the stories authenticity. The language is descriptive and vivid such as the following passage:
"Fierce satisfaction licked through Cabrera. He hefted his burden atop a wheeled instrument cart. Stinson's eyes followed the movement, glittering in the glow of flickering lights. A rictus of pleased anticipation curled his lips. "Let me see." He said. The hoarse command carried an element of power and the voice, a lingering vestige of the charisma that had charmed countless victims. Tremulous fingers reached and failed, checked by the heavy nylon wrist band."
If you like quick, short stories that are satisfying, you will definitely enjoy Passing Judgement.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Some of the stories were interesting and enticing. Overall, I found the book to be a quick read but not a book that will stay with me for a long time. Maybe writers today are interested in writing quickly and getting their book out to the public. I read for pleasure and will take whatever length of time it takes to finish a book. I finished this book in less than an hour. This book simply did not have enough depth for my taste.
I hope this is the beginning of a long writing career for Berry. I know I want more and would stand in a long line to get anything else she writes.
Also, if the title was left at "Serving Justice" it would've fitted better I think.
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The stories were beautifully written.Read more