Reviewed By: Sandi - RAM
Amazon US PB Amazon Canada PB
Class/Genre: Mystery Legal Setting
September 2003; Koenisha Publications, 307 pp
Steve Asher is an Eighth Grade History teacher who gets an up close and personal view of the government in action as a member of the jury in a local murder trial.
Sexy and beautiful Elena Thompson is accused of killing Dr. Brandon Bausch, but is Steve listening to the evidence or thinking with his hormones when he is the lone juror who holds out for not guilty? Crucial Judgment is his quest, against all logical advice, to find out if he set a killer free.
He travels to the small town where the doctor was practically sainted and the accused is branded as insane as well as a brutal murderer. As the locals threaten him, law enforcement impedes him and Elena completely baffles him with her volatility, Steve must rely on his wits and own skills to solve the crime as more murders begin and his own life is in jeopardy.
Al Blanchardís Crucial Judgment is an easy, fun read. You can sit down in an afternoon and enjoy it. The main character is likeable with an interesting story. I liked it.
Sandi - RAM
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