- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Signet Book; Reissue edition (Nov 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451204778
- ISBN-13: 978-0451204776
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,299,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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President Candler's wife Paula is a Federal Judge whose current case involves gangster Tony Remalli, bagged by the FBI in a sure shot win for the prosecution. Tony's defense team, led by attorney Don Russ and abetted by investigator Julia Menendez finds a skeleton in the judge's past that could easily topple the presidency. Paula was apparently once at fault in a vehicular homicide in which she allegedly left the scene of the crime. The president's chief of dirty tricks Del Owens covered up the incident. Unless Tony is acquitted, the Candlers will hang alongside the mobster.
IMPAIRED JUDGMENT is a fast-paced political thriller that at times seems more satirical than suspenseful due to the extreme behavior of the key charcaters. Jim is so politically naive one must wonder if he obtained the office through succession reaching a lower cabinet post. Del and Don are so sleazy that they turn into Claymation caricatures that leave the reader expecting their appearances on Deathmatch. Julia is so obsessed with finding dirt that readers will wonder if she was a gravedigger in a previous life. The First Lady is the most complete character due to her feistiness. However, her job leads to a constitutional question of whether her sitting on the bench violates the separation of powers. David Compton has written an exciting tale, but seems as if he could not decide between a thriller and a parody.
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