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  • Mass Market Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.; Reprint edition (2 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425201457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425201459
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shelly Trotter, the daughter of the state governor and a children's rights advocate, comes to the aid of a seventeen-year-old former client accused of killing a police officer, only to discover that the boy had become caught up in an undercover sting to trap corrupt cops. Reprint.


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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2004
Format: Hardcover
David Ellis has a well-deserved reputation for writing innovative legal thrillers with rich, inventive plots. In Jury of One he has created an exceptional story featuring the difficulties that defense attorneys face in representing their clients.
I recommend that you NOT read the jacket copy. It gives away a little too much of the plot. Also be careful of what reviews you read, some are bound to give spoilers that will reduce your pleasure in this marvelous story.
Shelly Trotter is a heroine who will attract you. She is an advocate for children who are about to be bounced from the public schools. She tries to get them another chance . . . a chance that will help keep them off the streets. One of her clients is arrested and charged with murdering a police officer. While attempting to defend him, she's drawn into trying to find an experienced defense attorney to handle this capital case. When no one will take on her client, she reluctantly does. In the case, she finds herself challenged to the limits of her strength and talents.
The book is organized around an opening episode that reveals part of the events that led up to the police officer's death. You are then placed in the role of trying to find out what really happened. At the same time, there are flashbacks into Ms. Trotter's life that give you more perspective on who she is and why she does what she does. Both narratives are full of fascinating twists and turns that are hard to totally anticipate. So the suspense is quite interesting.
The book's main weakness is that you will feel like it is very predictable in the first 200 pages. Then, the story takes off on you to places you hadn't expected. I graded the book down one star for that "ho-hum" beginning.
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Accomplished audio book reader Sandra Burr always suits her voice to the story, whether it be comedy, drama or romance. She can be old, young, happy, frightened, all with equal skill. Once more she vocally captures the essence of a protagonist in this courtroom thriller.
Shelley Trotter is a fine lawyer with a troubled past. She's a child's rights advocate/activist. When Alex, a former client of hers in the Children's Advocacy Project, is accused of murder she immediately stands to defend the 17-year-old. So great is her desire to prove the boy innocent that she overlooks asking some very important questions.
Her mind set is also affected by her past - as a young girl she was a rape victim, and became pregnant. In addition, her relationship with her father, the governor, is a bit tenuous.
Quite obviously Shelley's legal training and experience has not prepared her for the battle she faces in criminal court, especially when Alex is accused of killing a policeman.
Author Ellis weaves these threads together to form a complex and compelling thriller. No wonder he's an Edgar winner!
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2004
Format: Hardcover
David Ellis has a well-deserved reputation for writing innovative legal thrillers with rich, inventive plots. In Jury of One he has created an exceptional story featuring the difficulties that defense attorneys face in representing their clients.
I recommend that you NOT read the jacket copy. It gives away a little too much of the plot. Also be careful of what reviews you read, some are bound to give spoilers that will reduce your pleasure in this marvelous story.
Shelly Trotter is a heroine who will attract you. She is an advocate for children who are about to be bounced from the public schools. She tries to get them another chance . . . a chance that will help keep them off the streets. One of her clients is arrested and charged with murdering a police officer. While attempting to defend him, she's drawn into trying to find an experienced defense attorney to handle this capital case. When no one will take on her client, she reluctantly does. In the case, she finds herself challenged to the limits of her strength and talents.
The book is organized around an opening episode that reveals part of the events that led up to the police officer's death. You are then placed in the role of trying to find out what really happened. At the same time, there are flashbacks into Ms. Trotter's life that give you more perspective on who she is and why she does what she does. Both narratives are full of fascinating twists and turns that are hard to totally anticipate. So the suspense is quite interesting.
The book's main weakness is that you will feel like it is very predictable in the first 200 pages. Then, the story takes off on you to places you hadn't expected. I graded the book down one star for that "ho-hum" beginning.
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this is a really good read and paid only postage good service nocomplaints
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97a57594) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
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HASH(0x97b6d8a0) out of 5 stars Outsanding-a work that can be read on many levels 30 Mar. 2004
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Format: Hardcover
In a Midwestern city, attorney Shelly Trotter works for the Child Advocacy Project by representing troubled students in court. Because she has never worked a capital case, Shelly asks Paul Riley to defend Alex Baniewicz, accused of killing police officer Raymond Miroballi. Paul prefers Shelly lead the defense, which she reluctantly agrees to do.
Already having doubts that she can provide an adequate defense, Shelly learns that Baniewicz may be the son she gave up for adoption following a rape. Made public that revelation could destroy her conservative father's reelection for state governor. The case turns even more complex when federal agents inform Shelly that Alex was working undercover for them trying to find evidence that martyred heroic cop Miroballi sold drugs. As she continues to develop the defense, Shelly investigates the link between her client and a vicious gang of reported drug dealers, the Cannibals. Her probe leads to Alex's friend Ronnie Masters, who not only may be a cop killer, but seems more likely the infant that she gave away.
The twists in this incredible superb legal thriller are amazing (there are plenty more to come than what was described above) yet each one feels right though the megatons are at hydrogen bomb level revelations. That along with a solid cast makes for a terrific terse tale that will make David Ellis a household name. Even the street punks come across as real making a JURY OF ONE the must sub-genre read of the year so far.
Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97054258) out of 5 stars Great Courtroom Drama 9 Aug. 2010
By J. B. Perkins - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've ever read David Ellis before you know he is an excellent writer. In Jury of One he tells a fantastic story about Shelly Trotter, a lawyer, who defends a young man, she knows from helping him out previously, from a murder charge. The story of this young man becomes increasingly more complicated and interesting as the plot builds. During the trial many new things are discovered. Although throughout the book I knew there was something significant going on, I really didn't guess what it was and was quite surprised when the last critical piece of information was revealed. It reads quickly and you will never lose your attention and interest from the beginning to end. I also loved that he brought in a couple of characters from past books. If you like legal thrillers, you'll love this!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9704c3cc) out of 5 stars interesting legal thriller 5 Oct. 2013
By Broker Bob - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of interesting plots that are finally tied up in the end. Well written from a female viewpoint but a male author! Big city cops and DAs rang true based on my personal experience! I liked the rapid pace of the story, the flashbacks were well integrated into the various plots.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9704c720) out of 5 stars loved this story 8 Sept. 2013
By usqt - Published on Amazon.com
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A great read. I usually see things coming but this story was full of unexpected twists and turns that we're entirely unpredictable. Very original and I can't wait to see the movie. The ending was fitting and timed just right. I will definitely be reading more from David Ellis.
HASH(0x972563a8) out of 5 stars Another winner by Ellis 30 Nov. 2009
By rry007 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Shelly Trotter, daughter of governor Lang Trotter, is a lawyer whose specialty is as a children's rights advocate. Her latest client, Alex Baniewicz, has been arrested for shooting and killing Ray Miroballi, a police officer. On first glance, it seems cut and dry; it was nighttime, the setting was a dark abandoned alley, and drugs were found. However, Trotter digs deeper, she discovers that Alex was an informant for the FBI, who were investigating dirty cops, and had Miroballi on their radar. She can't determine what Alex's role was; was he the target or the bait? Neither Alex nor his best friend, Ronnie Masters, are willing to open up to her about the events, and she must therefore piece everything together on her own.

One day while visiting Alex in jail, she finds out it is his birthday, and then comes to an even bigger realization; Alex is her son. Trotter was raped when she was 15, but was unfairly unconvinced to not press charges. Instead, she went to live with her grandmother, and when the child was born, gave it up for adoption. Not only does this complicate things for her, but also has her in an emotional bind.

The twists and turns that this novel takes on are suspenseful and intriguing. Ellis is a very talented writer, and can keep any reader guessing. The thing is-no matter what the reader usually guesses wrong. That is what is so great about Ellis; he can convincingly lead you down one path, and then in a heartbeat, everything changes, and the reader has to keep on reading to find out more. I couldn't put this book down, and am pretty sure whoever else reads it won't be able to either.
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