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Judgment Calls

Burke, Alafair

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ISBN 10: 0805073868 / ISBN 13: 9780805073867
Published by Henry Holt & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2003
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Title: Judgment Calls

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Inscribed By the Author

Edition: First Edition

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A seemingly simple assault case spirals into a complex web of violence and deception in this bold debut thriller

Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid walks into her office in Portland’s Drug and Vice Division one Monday morning to find three police officers waiting for her. A thirteen-year-old girl has been brutally attacked and left for dead on the city’s outskirts. Given the lack of evidence, most lawyers would settle for an assault charge; Samantha, unnerved by the viciousness of the crime, decides to go for attempted murder. But as she prepares for the trial, she uncovers a dangerous trail leading to a high-profile death penalty case, a prostitution ring of underage girls, and a possible serial killer. And she finds her judgment—not only in matters of the law but in her personal life—called into question.

In Samantha Kincaid, Alafair Burke has created a complex, appealing character—a woman consumed by a sense of justice, who is also tough enough to take on a man’s world. Seamlessly juxtaposing courtroom scenes with those of criminal investigation, Judgment Calls reveals not only an insider’s knowledge of the criminal justice system but a fresh new voice in the world of crime writing.

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"A bold, brash entry into the world of crime fiction. Judgment Calls is strong, smart, and shocking." - Linda Fairstein

A Judgment In Question
After three years on the job in Portland's Drug and Vice Division, Deputy DA Samantha Kincaid gets what she wants: her first case with the Major Crimes Team. Kendra Martin, a 13-year-old runaway, has been found drugged, viciously assaulted, and left for dead in the Columbia River Gorge. Despite pressures to kick the case to assault, Samantha goes for attempted murder. Unfortunately the girl's story isn't gelling. Then again, neither is the alibi of the suspect she ID'd, a low-life who insists he's innocent. One thing is certain. Kendra knows the streets better than Vice-and Samantha's following her down every last one of them to crack the case.

A Life On The Line
But the road to the truth is more dangerous than Samantha dreamed, leading to an earlier death-penalty conviction, a teenage prostitution ring, and threats to Samantha's own life. When the possibility of a serial killer enters the fray, it sends Samantha's trial into a tailspin, and tests her judgment-in both her professional and personal life-to the very death.

"This is smart, savvy, expert-and highly recommended."
- Lee Child

"First-rate, suspenseful entertainment...we'll be hearing more from tough, tart, sexy,
high-minded Samantha Kincaid."
-Washington Post

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