In Samantha Kincaid, Alafair Burke has created a complex, appealing character. Seamlessly moving between courtroom and criminal investigation, Judgment Calls reveals not only an insider's knowledge of the justice system but a fresh new voice in the world of crime writing.
"First-rate, suspenseful entertainment...we'll be hearing more from tough, tart, sexy, high-minded Samantha Kincaid." ( Washington Post)
"Burke blends courtroom drama and criminal investigation with surprising aplomb, and she uses her Northwest setting to good advantage." ( Booklist)
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By Stewart on 16-04-11
Don't compare Alifair with her father James Lee and you won't be disappointed. Let's be fair very few writers working today compare with James lee Burke so this isn't a criticism.
It's an assured thriller. Solid, believable, characters well developed and plot twists not telegraphed.
Maybe a little too solid and unexciting for the genre but I will certainly read more to see how she grows as a writer.
Only real criticism is the terrible narration. The woman has the most irritating voice and accent. No gravity, power or subtlety just a finger nails down the blackboard scratchy hesitant delivery.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Charmaine on 30-01-14
Please don't take my star rating as a guide as I'm only on Chapter 3 of the book so have, as yet, no idea whether it's a good story or not. However I am reviewing the book in advance solely because of the reader. Betty Bobbitt has the absolutely perfect voice to read text books. If I didn't know better I'd swear I was listening to a forensic psychology text book. Her voice is dry and monotone and plainly boring. Also, I'm fairly - but only fairly - tempted to pop into the library to see if Alafair Burke actually wrote the laughing into the story or whether this was added by Betty. Not that it matters, I will listen for a while longer but cannot imagine being able to listen to the end - I've dozed off twice already and have had to rewind
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By Rajesh on 24-06-05
Well read above average book
Well read! Betty Bobbitt has done an excellent job of reading an above average thriller. The protagonist is a lady DA who has problems that all authors seem to build around any character who is a lady DA, mainly complex relationship with a boyfriend and high principles in a notorious society. If anyone knows of a happily married DA please write a book on her, there seems to be a market for this starting with me.
The book is about a trial of a child rapist. But the child, a 13 year old, was soliciting sex and was high on drugs when raped. The defense lawyer is committed to giving a full fight and has a surprise plan to defend her client. While the character building is ordinary, the plot above average, the tension of a who did it good and the reading excellent, the entire package makes the book worth a book credit. Go ahead and download. No hidden disappointments in this one.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Elizabeth Domike on 25-10-12
Loved the Voices - Hated the Mispronunciations
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The mispronunciations of local place names were incredibly jarring. I live in Portland where the story takes place. Did no one from Oregon review the audio book?
What did you like best about this story?
Learned a lot about how the local courts actually work. Very much liked the caring focus on the victims and the female perspective.
What three words best describe Betty Bobbitt’s performance?
Pretty darn good.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful