Judgement Calls

Judgement Calls

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An apparently simple assault case spirals into a complex web of violence and deception in this bold debut thriller. Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid walks into her office in Portland's Drug and Vice Division one Monday morning to find three police officers waiting for her. A thirteen-year-old girl has been brutally attacked and left for dead on the city's outskirts. Given the lack of evidence, most lawyers would settle for an assault charge; Samantha, unnerved by the viciousness of the crime, decides to go for attempted murder. But as she prepares for the trial, she uncovers a dangerous trail leading to an earlier high-profile death penalty case, a prostitution ring of underage girls, and a possible serial killer. And she finds her judgement - not only in matters of the law but in her personal life - called into question. In Samantha Kincaid, Alafair Burke has created a complex, appealing character - a woman consumed by a sense of justice, who is tough enough to take on a man's world.
Seamlessly moving between courtroom and criminal investigation, JUDGMENT CALLS reveals not only an insider's knowledge of the justice system but a fresh new voice in the world of crime writing, and the start of a great new series.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 589.67g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752857150
  • 9780752857152

About Alafair Burke

Alafair S. Burke is a former Assistant District Attorney in Portland, Oregon. JUDGMENT CALLS is her first novel. She is the daughter of acclaimed crime writer James Lee Burke.
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"A terrific debut; very different from her famous father's work, but the storytelling DNA is all there, for sure. This is smart, savvy, expert and highly recommended" Lee Child "Reading JUDGEMENT CALLS by Alafair Burke makes predicting the future easy. Burke comes out of the gate with a first novel that proves she's got what it takes and will be sticking around. This is the most telling of legal thrillers. It expertly shows that the most gripping drama is not found in the courtroom but in the places where choices get made in the shadows cast by politics and corruption and human desires" Michael Connelly "A bold, brash entry into the world of crime fiction, JUDGEMENT CALLS is strong, smart and shocking. Alafair Burke has been on the front lines in the courtroom and on the streets, and brings her workd alive in this exciting first novel. A powerful debut from a talented newcomer" Linda Fairstein "Alafair Burke is, without question, a new writer to watch. JUDGEMENT CALLS is a remarkable debut a skillfully told tale with memorable characters and plot twists that will keep readers involved from the first page to the satisfying end. Take this one home with you you'll enjoy it, and not many years from now, you'll be able to tell your friends that you knew she'd be a star when you read her first book" Jan Burke
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