Reviewer: Michael Smith
Title: Supreme Justice
Author: Phillip Margolin
Release Date: January 2011
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Phillip's Website: www.phillipmargolin.com
The story begins with a multiple murder site, involving a freighter captained by John Finley which is hauling a drug load. Finley departs the scene but the mystery deepens when Homeland Security takes possession of the ship. Who is behind the operation? What is its purpose? Where did the people involved disappear to?
Early on, we are introduced to Brad Miller, a Supreme Court law clerk. His finance, Ginny Striker, is a lawyer at a prestigious Washington DC firm. The head of the firm is an insider to the inner workings of the government. The Supreme Court is reviewing cases to determine which are to be accepted for review by the court. One case involves a police officer, Sarah Woodruff, who is on death row, after being tried twice for the murder of John Finley; and the plot thickens.
The Court is thrown into an uproar when an assassination attempt on a Court Justice is made. Fortunately, Brad breaks up the attempt. The lingering questions are: Who is behind the attempt? What is so important that someone would kill a Justice? How is the Woodruff case involved?
Supreme Justice leads you on a twisting tale investigating John Finley’s past and how it relates to Sarah Woodruff. There seems to be more questions than answers and the characters seem to be followed by seedy underlings doing the bidding of powerful insiders. I feared for the safety of the amateur investigators. At one point, it seemed that there were multiple investigations running concurrently. They all came together involving a surprise discovery.
Overall, I burned through the pages, though my speed increased in the last hundred pages; I could hardly put the book down. I wanted to see who would survive and if Sarah Woodruff was guilty or innocent. There is a surprise ending that I was not expecting in the Woodruff case. I would recommend Supreme Justice, it provided a detailed look at the operations of the third branch of the government coupled with a modern day mystery.
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