In Danger of Judgment

Gang rivalries and drug wars are rife as the Chicago Police seek to crack down on crime in the area. After a series of suspicious murders occur, seasoned detective Bernie Bernardelli is paired with socially awkward yet highly intelligent accountant John Shepard to get the job done. Alongside the strong-minded Marcelle DeSantis and superior officer Commander Mike Kozinski, Bernie and John seek to unravel the truth behind these murders, which seem to be more than the result of common gang violence. Former military instructor Thornton lies at the heart of the case, as whispers of professional assassinations and past betrayal suggest these crimes run far deeper than the Chicago Police ever anticipated.

David Rabin’s In Danger of Judgment is a turbulent, exciting and, occasionally, violent thriller which delves into various flavors of society. Questions are raised surrounding the acceptability of murder in the military and civilian sphere, and whether one is morally permissible. The novel contains a host of dynamic characters with varying depth. I enjoyed following our main characters on this intriguing murder mystery, but other characters have interesting qualities as well. Marcelle is a female police officer with model-level attractiveness, who breezily combats sexism in the force by punching men in the face. Diagnosed with generalized anxiety, John Shepard displays constant tics and an aversion to eye contact which alludes to some type of disorder. John’s social cluelessness is sometimes played for comedic effect; while competent in action his personality is rigid as he takes a black-and-white approach to life.

Characters aside, this is a riveting police procedural. The author does a great job of showing the relationships and camaraderie between members of the force and I would have loved to have seen more of that throughout the story. The plot is gripping, with an intriguing mystery at its core, which makes this a novel that is perfect for fans of crime fiction.

In Danger of Judgment is an intelligent and edgy crime thriller. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a slow-burning mystery which builds to an action-filled final sequence.

Pages: 375 | ASIN: B09ZVPW2NN

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Posted on July 8, 2022, in Book Reviews, Four Stars and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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