Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Judgement by Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder is a widely read author in the thriller genre and "Judgement' does not disappoint.  I found this book compelling and I highly recommend it.

Juliana Brody is a judge in Boston and is sitting on a demanding case:  a uber-like startup, Breezi, is being sued for sexual harassment by a former female employee.  While at a law conference, Juliana makes a bad decision and sleeps with a man who unknown to her is working for Breezi.  Their rendezvous is videotaped and Breezi threaten to expose her if she does not rule favorably in the case.  The blackmail takes a new dimension when she discovers that the Russian mafia are the real owners of Breezi.  Does she compromise her principles and give in to the threats to her and her family, or does she resist?

Juliana is a complex character; a wife, mother, judge and plain determined woman.  She does not give in to some really scary people and tries to disentangle herself for the web of blackmail around her. A strong woman character, Juliana is really threatened; so much so that I winced at times at what a bad position she was in.  This book will grab you and not let go.  Highly recommended.  5/5 stars.

Publication date: January 29, 2019

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