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by Joseph Finder
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Dutton, 2019 (2019)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Joseph Finder's Judgment stars Judge Juliana Brody. Now working in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, she's expected to soon take higher office. Life and career seem well on track. She's happily married to Duncan, with two teenage children. Then all goes awry.

Away at a conference, she has a one night stand (with Matias from Buenos Aires), something she's never done before, and a rare error of judgment. It turns out to be an entrapment, to blackmail her into a particular ruling on a sex-discrimination case, Rachel Meyers v. Wheelz. After seeking help from a respected colleague, Juliana hires a fixer, Philip Hersh.

They learn that Matias was being blackmailed too. Juliana is threatened in her own office, as is her family. Matias is murdered and her life continues to unravel. She's questioned by the police. Desperate times call for desperate measures and she takes them with Hersh's help, crossing lines she's never crossed before. There are more deaths.

After uncovering a Russian connection, the Judge risks everything to end it, 'messing with some very dangerous people.' She refuses to be a victim. I found this intricate thriller compelling; don't miss it!

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