It is sometimes nice to pick up a good thriller and just lose oneself for a couple hours in its pages and James Patterson is a master at crafting an entertaining thriller. It could be argued that there is little literary merit in these books but there is something to be said for an exciting and entertaining story. Looking for some excitement, I picked up “Judge & Jury” by James Patterson and Andrew Gross.
Dominic Cavello is one of the most notorious and ruthless Mafia dons in America. Nick Pellisante is the senior FBI agent who has made it his mission to stop Cavello, also known as the Electrician. When Nick finally puts Cavello behind bars and brings him to trial, Andie DeGrasse is one of the prospective jurors who can only think of getting off of that jury. She fails in this attempt, however, and finds herself stuck on the jury of one of the highest profile mob trials in U.S. history. One might think that Cavello might be crushed under the weight of the evidence against him but he comes into the trial looking fresh and almost triumphant.
Cavello can be so calm because he has a deadly card up his sleeve to play. Just when the world thinks that it is safe from the man who is responsible for hundreds of murders, he strikes at the jury in a way that will change Andie’s life forever. When Cavello escaped from the law and goes on the run, Andie and Nick must join forces to make sure that he is brought to justice by any means necessary. Andie may have only been one of 12 jurors before but now she and Nick must become both the judge and jury to ensure that justice is served.
“Judge & Jury” is a fast paced thriller that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. There are not very many surprises in the novel but it is an entertaining read. Patterson and Gross came up with an intriguing story that had a little bit of everything from the Mafia to international intrigue and then wound it all together in a novel that was not always believable even within the story’s boundaries but which was always entertaining.
Patterson has made a career of crafting thrillers and is one of the best known authors in the world for his ability to craft easy to read but interesting stories. Reading a Patterson novel is much like watching TV in that it provides an interesting diversion with little need to think. It is easy to read one of his novels and escape from the real world within the pages. In “Judge & Jury,” Patterson and Gross set out to write this type of story and succeed. This is one of the better Patterson novels that I have read and is sure to thrill his fans and fans of the genre.