Supreme Justice: A Novel of Suspense

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A black Supreme Court justice. An assassin's bullet. A young U.S. attorney puts it on the line for the truth.

When conservative Supreme Court justice Farrell Douglas is gunned down, it falls to young black U.S. attorney Marshall Jackson to investigate America's most important, and inflammatory, case. Together with his childhood friend, tough Irish cop Danny Cavanaugh, Marshall discovers that the conspiracy behind the assassination runs deeper than he ever imagined. Marshall's troubles really begin when he realizes that his fraternal twin, Moses, a gangster on the streets of Detroit, is the one man who can name the killer.

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Gary Hardwick is the author of the novels Cold Medina, Double Dead, Supreme Justice, and Color of Justice. A former attorney, he is also the screenwriter and director of the hit films The Brothers and Deliver Us from Eva, as well as a television executive producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Hardwick now lives in California and is currently working on his next motion picture and novel.

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Beatings, knifings, and shootings as a Supreme Court Justice gets murdered and nuance takes a holiday. On a mean street in Detroit, a pair of black youngsters whale away at each other as is their wont. Moses and Marshall Jackson are fraternal twins but as different as Cain and Abelor as good and evil, which seems their authors intent. Moses has stolen Marshall's bike and sold it in a transgression representative of his unbrotherly behavior. In the fullness of time, he grows into a career thief and cold-blooded killer, while Marshall treads the straight and narrow, escapes the ghetto, goes to law school, andbeing ambitious, industrious, bright, brave, and an all-around good sortis soon positioned close to the top of his profession. When Associate Justice Farrel Douglas (the sole African-American on the Supreme Court) is assassinated, Assistant US Attorney Jackson gets the caseeven before there's a suspect. Is race a key factor here? Perish the politically incorrect thought, fulminates his boss; it's simply that Marshall is the best qualified person for the job. Soon enough, in any case, a suspect does materialize, and hes a live-wire. Daishaya Mbutu, unreconstructed black radical, spends every waking moment claiming responsibility for the killing. He wants the world to know that he ``took care of Douglas,'' since Douglas was that despicable thing, a black conservative. So Marshall begins to prepare the case against Mbutu, but it seems too easy, a no-brainer. Could there be a conspiracy of some sort? The answer is yes, of course. And when all the dead bodies are sorted throughMarshall, an ex- Marine, snaps off more than a few shots along the wayit becomes clear that the conspirators are highly placed indeed. Not much to cheer about in this overwrought third effort. Hardwick (Double Dead, 1997; Cold Medina, 1996) has done better. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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