The Judge

The Judge

by Farin Powell


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“Powell opens her novel with a bang, depicting the abduction almost as soon as the narrative begins. The story is impressive in the way it shifts readers’ sympathies … a gem of a legal thriller, full of plot twists and juicy secrets.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Powell’s third novel, a legal thriller, reveals the complexities and tragedies of our criminal justice system. It shows how a series of unexpected events can force a law abiding individual to choose a criminal path. The story in this fast-paced novel will stay with the reader forever.”

—Focus On Women Magazine

From the courtroom to the kidnappers’ lair, Powell keeps the excitement in tune with a pitch-perfect delivery of realistically motivated characters and a nonstop series of powerfully tense situations. There is no lag in the book, from the opening pages depicting the kidnapping to the thrilling conclusion.


—Clarion Reviews

As Judge Walter McNeil heads home from Washington, DC’s Superior Court, he is preoccupied with the triple-murder case assigned to him. But everything changes when a car pulls up next to him and a man asks for directions. Seconds later, McNeil is pushed into the backseat of the car, knocked unconscious, and whisked away into uncertainty.

McNeil’s kidnappers are three ex-convicts whose lives have been ruined by the judge’s harsh sentences. Out for revenge, they feed the judge drugs, repeatedly threaten his life, and then imply they have his teenage daughter, Daphne, who disappeared four years earlier. After they tell him at gunpoint that he must rule favorably on a defense attorney’s motions in the triplemurder case, McNeil has no idea his ordeal is just beginning. Before it is over, the judge’s life will be turned upside down. Now it is up to criminal defense attorney Amanda Perkins and detective Aristo Manfredi to partner together in a race against time to unravel the clues and hopefully save the judge from a fate he never could have imagined. In this legal thriller, a judge is kidnapped and thrust into the midst of a twisted web that intertwines him with the lives of three ex-convicts and the mystery surrounding his missing daughter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491796849
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/19/2016
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Farin Powell practices law in Washington, DC. In addition to many legal publications, she has published short stories and poems in various literary magazines and poetry anthologies. Farin is the author of A Piece of Heaven, a book of poetry, and two novels, Two Weddings and Roxana's Revolution.

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The Judge 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After only 10 pages this book had me hooked. Read in 2 days. Interesting charcters great story line. Highly recommend. While I'm far from being a prude it's refreshing to know a good story can be told without "f" bombs and wild sex!!! You can leave this laying around where kids are. Kudos to the author!!!!!!
Chervinski84 More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a crime thriller in awhile and found this one to be entertaining. There were times that I found myself a bit lost with the story line. The author did a great job at leaving little tidbits throughout the novel and fully bringing everything together. There is quite a bit of detail and the reader can definitely see not only how the judge has gotten to the point he has, but how things have escalated to his kidnapping. The touch of violence, romance and thrill of finding out what happens kept me wanting to read more. Of course with most books I've read the ending leaves you wanting more and hoping for a sequel. The book overall was well written, but I felt at times that there was so much packed into one novel that it could have been a little more spread out. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys something in the legal-thriller genre.