Title: Judgment Calls
Author: Burke, Alafair
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, LLC, New York
Publication Date: 2003
Edition: SIGNED First Edition
Book Condition: NF
D-j Condition: NF
Comments: Minor smudge on bottom edge. Negligible shelf wear to d-j.
Synopsis: 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.
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.