Judgment by Joseph Finder

Judgment

Joseph Finder

Juliana Brody is in consideration for the federal circuit, but finds that a man she met one night proves to have an integral role in a case she’s presiding over. Soon it becomes clear that her own life is in mortal jeopardy.

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New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder returns with an explosive new thriller about a female judge and the one personal misstep that could lead to her--and her family's--downfall.

It was nothing more than a one-night stand. Juliana Brody, a judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, is rumored to be in consideration for the federal circuit, maybe someday the highest court in the land. At a conference in a Chicago hotel, she meets a gentle, vulnerable man and has an unforgettable night with him—something she’d never done before. They part with an explicit understanding that this must never happen again.

But back home in Boston, Juliana realizes that this was no random encounter. The man from Chicago proves to have an integral role in a case she's presiding over--a sex-discrimination case that's received national attention. Juliana discovers that she's been entrapped, her night of infidelity captured on video. Strings are being pulled in high places, a terrifying unfolding conspiracy that will turn her life upside down.  But soon it becomes clear that personal humiliation, even the possible destruction of her career, are the least of her concerns, as her own life and the lives of her family are put in mortal jeopardy.

In the end, turning the tables on her adversaries will require her to be as ruthless as they are.


Advance Galley Reviews

This book starts wide open and stays that way. I personally did not like the main character, Juliana. This made it hard for me to keep reading. I am sure that i would have given this book a 5 if I had been wanting her to succeed.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to get to this book before the reading period expired.

I really enjoyed Judgment. It was full of tension almost from the very start - very hard to put the book down! Here's this judge, a woman who always follows the rules, who makes one mistake, and the 'bad guys' who set her up, are going to make her pay for it one way or another, possibly with her life or that of one of her family members. I couldn't wait to get to the end of the book to find out if Juliana caved or if she was able to do what she felt was right. I think that this book was the best Joseph Finder has written to date!

Joseph Finder seems to get people between a rock and a hard place often, and it’s all about the choices they make! Juliana is a judge and cheated on her husband and boy did she pick the wrong guy! Things escalate from bad to worse and you can’t see how she will ever save her career, her husband, her son, her life! Highly recommend this book and the author!

Stunning, riveting and emotional read!! A fresh, uniquely page turner with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The tension was very thick and well sustained throughout the story. The characters were well developed, very interesting and very realistic. A Highly Recommended Read! I volunteered to read Judgment. Thanks to Penguin’s First-to-Read Program for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.

Edge of your seat reading. Intriguing and entertaining characters and story. Enjoyed the thrilling ride from the first word. 5 stars!

I love Joseph Finder's novel, and I really enjoyed this thriller. It was a well-written page-turner with some well-developed characters. A by-the-book Superior Court judge on the fast-track to higher appointments indulges in a one-night stand and her one mistake leads to her being blackmailed by a high-profile defendant sitting in a case before her. The legal discussion was spot-on, and I really enjoyed the high stakes drama. Juliana was a believable character, and I loved how smart and strong she was. My only note was that occasionally she made some really dumb choices that I thought were beneath the character (and I don't mean the one-night stand). There were a couple of instances where I thought she showed a lack of basic common sense, ala a teenager in a horror film, and even though body counts are adding up (including someone helping her), she seems to think that she's in some sort of protective bubble. In particular, her late night foray into an empty garage alone while fleeing assassins seemed not to be the brightest move for a character that is otherwise highly intelligent. I just would've appreciated some awareness that she was in danger as she is walking alone in a deserted garage. Other than that, one minor issue, I would rate it five stars. It is definitely a great thriller, and I could not put the book down.

A high-performing, always-does-the right-thing judge somehow manages to have a one night stand while attending a law conference out of town. No surprise: she is set up. I was worried this would be a standard, disappointing tale of a judge caught in the trap set by a diabolical mastermind. I started wondering why an author never flipped the tale and gave us a smart judge capable of thinking outside the honey trap. Lucky for me, author Joseph Finder wrote just that book. I quickly became hooked and couldn’t put the book down. It’s fast, exciting and shares timely details with current news stories. This is my fourth book by this author and my favorite so far. I received ny copy through the Penguin First to Read Program and feel very lucky indeed.

Finder's books, like those of Simon Lelic, are always easy to read and engaging but difficult for me to review afterwards, because when I stop to think about the plot I realize how many times I had to suspend disbelief just to keep reading. This leads me to the concomitant realization that, while they are engaging and generally quick reads, they have a lot more holes in the final analysis than one notices whilst in the midst of the reading... That isn't to say the read itself isn't an enjoyable one. They usually are, and this one was no exception. But there are so many times that these characters pull off amazing feats that would be utterly beyond believability if someone were to try to explain them outside of the pages of the story, that they become more difficult to defend once one tries to explain them to others... Judge Juliana makes one epic mistake. The rest of the book is about the aftermath, which of course is much more convoluted than it first seemed. I can accept that, we all make mistakes all the time and life has a habit of throwing curveballs. What I can't quite wrap my mind around is the way she ultimately extricates herself so seamlessly with very few lasting consequences, after pulling off Herculean Feats and mind-bending acts of deception that it seems like the people she was up against would have seen through every step of the way. I rolled my eyes quite a bit, even while continuing to turn pages to see what magic rabbit she'd pull out of her hat next. Ultimately, I suppose it boils down to the fact that I did continue to turn the pages and I did want to see what would happen next. I would not consider this one of my favorites by Finder though. It felt a little more forced and formulaic then, for example, The Switch, which I more thoroughly enjoyed even though it too had some eye rolling moments. Still, I suppose the "average Joe wins the day" trope is a trope for a reason - there is an undeniable bit of glee to be found when a regular person defeats The Machine in whatever form it appears, and that's likely what keeps readers coming back for more - even if that more is starting to lose some of its shine for me...

As a fan of a Joseph Finder’s other novels, I was excited tha5 I got a chance to read this new one. I think this is oneof his best books yet. I loved the main character Judge Brody - a very complex character. The mystery around Wheelz was compelling and drew me in, holding my interest as the story took a few unexpected turns. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves th3 genre.

When Judge Juliana Brody makes an out of character decision one night, she soon finds herself sucked into a drama that could destroy her career as well as as her family. Suddenly, she is fighting for her life and justice. All she needs to do is rule in a certain way in a sexual harassment case and everything will go —at least that is what the blackmailers tell her. The Judge confides in an old friend and a private investigator. Together, they try to determine who is blackmailing Judge Brody, and why. This story contains a well-developed plot, with interesting, likeable characters. There is legal drama, personal and famiy relationship conflict and murder in this book. And it all comes together for one explosive tale that will keep the readers on the edge of their seats.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This was an interesting book that I didn’t see coming. In this book, Judge Juliana Brody has an one night stand while away at a legal conference. She is happily married, but says what the heck. Then she goes home and during the trial she is presiding over, the man steps back into her life. Blackmail is the least of her concerns when It turns out that he recorded their night together, and Russian money is involved and they want it hidden. This is a great book with twists and turns that you don’t see coming and it’s very hard to put down!

Great book. I have read several books by Joesph Finder and have enjoyed them all. I think this was the best so far. Didn’t want it to end. Great story with just the right amounts of wow. Would highly recommend it.

Another great book by Joseph Finder. Kept my interest throughout. All the way through, until the very end, I was not sure if she could outwit her adversaries. Of course she does, great ending.

This booked grabbed me from the beginning and my eyes kept tripping over each other, trying to find out what was going to happen next. It was a great idea for a story and I really like Judge Juliana. As the plot thickened, it changed for the worse, The way things happened and the way the book ended was totally unbelievable for me. I will still read Joseph's books because he is one of my favorite authors, but this book just didn't do it for me.

Once I have gotten into the story, It was very hard to put down. The whole book I was so interested in how this nightmare will be somehow resolved at the end. Just thinking about the position the judge and her family was in was truly like from a horrible nightmare. Yet the ending disappointed me. I was nearing the end of the book, just a few pages left. I was shocked that I have so few pages left yet I don't see a possible option of how this could "end well". So many possible ways/people turning down the possibility of interfering, yet... all of the sudden saviors come and within those few pages everything is neatly finished up and life goes on. I don't want to spoil the ending but especially help from a certain figure from Juliana's professional past who provided her with an opportunity of an "access" was for me a part that seemed completely unbelievable. No way, not in that set of circumstances and people involved in the plot. Overall though I liked Joseph's Finder style. I might try some of his previous books in the future. Thank you for "Early Access" to this book.

Judgment is Juliana Brody’s story. She is a judge in Boston, and while out of town at a legal conference, acts completely out of character and has a one night stand. Upon returning home to her life, job, and family, she is attempting to put this behind her when this same man enters her courtroom. The book was fairly fast paced but I had a little bit of trouble staying engaged with the story because, to me, Juliana seemed a little erratic and wasn’t all that likeable of a character. As a reader, we are told repeatedly what a “good girl” Juliana is and that the law is her life, nothing is more important to her than her family and the law, etc. Then basically all of her behavior is the opposite of this. I didn’t find the ending satisfying and didn’t think it was as strong as the beginning of the book.

Judge Juliana Brody is in Chicago to attend a law conference and make a presentation. At the bar, she meets an enchanting man who completely disarms her and she ends doing something she has never done before. Upon returning to Boston, her normal life and her regular case-load, she realizes the magnitude of her mistake when the man steps into her courtroom, potentially tearing everything apart that she has worked so hard for: her marriage, her family and position as a superior court judge. In many ways, this story is trademark Joseph Finder, with a person accidentally getting embroiled in something that is much bigger than themselves, yet our heroine Judge Brody got herself into her mess and then needs to find a way out, when no way out seems possible. I loved the intense, fast-moving story, but I wasn't in love with the ending, but I will leave that for other readers to judge.

What a terrific story. Judge Julianna Brody is entrapped and blackmailed to close a case she is presiding over. But she won't go down easy and starts investigating. What she finds out puts her and her family in danger. People around her are being threatened and are being killed. She is being threatened. What she goes thru and what she has to do to get out of her bad situation is an engrossing read.

I’ve read several Jospeh Finder novels, and was thrilled to receive an advanced copy for review. I must admit, the premise of the book pulled me in, but the execution was a bit disappointing. There were so many character traits that went against the grain of everything Juliana is as a woman, mother and wife. The further the story went on, the more she went off script and I wasn’t able to find any credibility in the process. Plus...no consequences at the end? Probably my least favorite of Finder’s novels.

Thank you First To Read for selecting me to read Judgement by Joseph Finder. This is another hit for Finder. The plot is very current and relevant - a story from the headlines so to speak. A judge who is on her way up the ladder - Julianna Brody is married, has a family, and a good reputation. She makes an error in judgement, which is out of character for her. She thinks this is a risk, but it is over and she is moving on. That's until this lapse of judgement leads to her being bribed and worse yet, having her face (and body) all over the internet. Julianna is not going to take this and she is willing to take on whoever is "gunning" for her. But she has no idea who or what that will be - she thinks she knows who is on her side, but does she really - and can she literally survive when so many are after her. Fast paced and well written. Recommend.

I have been a big Joseph Finder fan for quite a few years now and was very excited when I found out his new novel was being offered on First to Read. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Very fast-paced with all the twists and turns you would expect. If you haven't any of Joseph's work before, you are doing yourself a disservice.

It definitely kept me engaged and went in a few directions I didn't expect. I really enjoyed the protagonist Judge Brody, she was a complex character with virtues and faults that were at war with one another throughout the novel. I also appreciated her Duncan's relationship and seeing how they coped during her struggles. I would definitely read another Finder book if I were in the mood for a thriller.

What a great book - full of intrigue, mystery, fast paced couldn't put it down!! Definitely reminded me to put Joseph Finder back on my TBR pile. Thank you First to Read for the advanced copy.

A work of fiction that could have come straight from the headlines of #metoo, Harvey Weinstein, and shady Wall Street deals. A rising female judge is intimidated and blackmailed while adjudicating a sexual harassment lawsuit against a ridesharing startup & its CEO. She hires a PI to find out who is behind the threats. As they learn more, the judge will have to decide how far she is willing to go and do the ends justify the means? It's a real page turner with short chapters that I couldn't put down.

Juliana is a judge in Boston with a husband and two kids. Life is rolling along pretty great, after all she is rule follower, a “good” girl. She makes a mistake though while at a conference and she will pay for that mistake if she doesn’t sway a particular lawsuit a certain way. Another great thriller from Finder, who is one of my go-to authors. Thank you to First to Read for the advanced copy.

I honestly didn't think she'd live to the end! What a story! It pulls you in and keeps you turning the page. I would definitely recommend. And man, is this book believable in today's world. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy. Go Juliana! I look forward to other books from this author.

Thank you First to Read for allowing me access to an advance reading copy of Judgment. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I connected with the main character Judge Juliana Brody and her difficulty in extricating herself from a blackmail scheme but it became so much more... An international conspiracy was exposed but most of all she had to protect her family and her career. I have read and enjoyed many of Joseph Finder's novels. They all keep me reading compulsively late into the night this one was no exception! I loved it!

What a Nail Biter! Juliana Brody is a Superior Court judge, a fair judge seeking the just and lawful resolution to the cases assigned to her docket. Word is she is destined to go on to bigger and better things including the possibility of becoming a Supreme Court Justice. Although this is a book of fiction, what happens to Juliana could happen to any person in this position. This book will suck you in like a mobile home into a tornado. Juliana can't believe what is happening to her and you can't put the book down because you are shocked, too. She is not a person to roll over and play dead and she takes the bull by the horns with the help of her mentor and confidant, retired state Supreme Court judge Martha Connolly. It is amazing how pressure can change a person when they are caught in the cross hairs. When it seems that Juliana is cornered and about to lose everything, her job, her reputation, her marriage, she does the unexpected and fights fire with fire. I seems the fair minded judge who has always followed the letter of the law can cross the line and be as ruthless as her tormentors. There is not a dull moment in this novel - you won't want to put it down. And you won't figure the ending out in advance either. Joseph Finder is a very good story teller and this is one of his best stories to date. Don't miss it!

This book was absolutely amazing! I could not put it down. I read it in thirteen hours. A whole Saturday of reading. It had some expected turns but also a lot of asking yourself "what's going to happen next?!" Which is probably why I couldn't stop. There were some parts where things happen and you k is what's going to come get it that it's going to play part in the bigger scheme of things or turn into a problem but there were also a lot of unexpected twists and turns. Really great read for those who like mystery and thrillers. I liked the happy ending web though I did not see it coming. Great character development. I can't wait to read more by this author.

 


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