Every Sunday I check the newspaper to see if one of my favorite authors has released a new book. When I saw that James Patterson had, I went straight to the computer to be put on the waiting list at the library. Well, Judge & Jury, written by Patterson and Andrew Gross was a terrible disappointment.
In order for a book to grasp my interest, the characters have to be sympathetic. The premise in this book had promise but it just never delivered. There was gratuitous violence and sex and I wanted to put it down a number of times. The only thing that kept me reading it was the hope that it would redeem itself. Except for one of several outcomes, it never did.
I believe that, sometimes, writers have to make a deadline and will write just about anything just to make it. In this case, James Patterson is so prolific in his writing that I think he just got greedy. Boo to him. Let’s have the real thing next time, Mr. Patterson.