Friday, November 2, 2007

Judge and Jury - James Patterson & Andrew Gross

Rating: ˜
Pgs 448

Senior FBI agent Nick Pellisante is closing in on the notorious mob boss "The Electrician," when the scheduled sting goes spectacularly awry. Two FBI agents are dead, the boss is wounded, and Pellisante vows the Electrician's next move will be from a jail cell.
Andie Echeverra, a part-time actress and a single, full-time mom, is assigned her next role as Juror #11 in the landmark trial against Mafia Don Dominic Cavello. Everybody is on edge. No one has ever crossed the man whose orders have made entire families disappear.
Though Cavello's influence extends across blue uniforms and black robes, the case should be open-and-shut. But the legal system fails with devastating results, and Nick and Andie are the only ones left to seek justice. To stop the Electrician, they must take matters into their own hands. They are the judge and jury now. (From

What led you to pick up this book? I have read other James Patterson books
Summarize the plot, but don’t give away the ending! Nick and Andie go after a mob boss after an explosion that he is responsible for kills Andie’s son. In the process Nick and Andie fall in love.

What did you like most about the book? It was a quick read. I like that in James Patterson’s novels the chapters are short so you feel like you are getting a lot accomplished. Also he ends his chapters with a suspenseful part, so you don’t want to put the book down at the beginning of a chapter.

What did you like least? This was predicable. If you have read other Patterson novels this obviously has the same outline/format. Such as Beach Road and The Lifeguard.

Have you read any other books by this author? What did you think of those books? Yes, Beach House (ääää), The Lake House (ääää), Sams Letters to Jennifer (ääää), Honeymoon (ääää), Beach Road (···), The Lake House (ääää), The Lifeguard(···), Honeymoon, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas (¨¨¨¨¨)

What did you think of the main character? They were ok.

Share a favorite scene from the book. I thought the scene where Andie was being picked for the jury was humorous.

I didn’t really like this book very much. This book had many brutal scenes and was extremely predictable. Patterson needs to get a different format. And really – how much of these books with other people is he writing? He produces more than other authors which makes me believe that he writes the outline/format and another author really writes the book. So I guess this is really an Andrew Grossman book.

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