We the Jury by Robert Rotstein
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Kindle Edition: 304 Pages
kindle Price: $7.19 USD
Paperback Edition: 288 Pages
Paperback Edition Price: $15.99 USD
Hardback Edition: 304 Pages
Hardback Edition Price: $16.99 USD
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thillers
About the Book
Told from the perspective of over a dozen participants in a murder trial, We, the Jury examines how public perception can mask the ghastliest nightmares. On the day before his twenty-first wedding anniversary, David Sullinger buried an ax in his wife’s skull. Now, eight jurors must retire to the deliberation room and decide whether David committed premeditated murder–or whether he was a battered spouse who killed his wife in self-defense.
The path to justice is fraught with surprising pitfalls and confusing turns. An experienced, fair-minded judge mistakenly tells the jury that David is guilty and fears she’s losing her mind. The bailiff, once a decorated street cop but now a pariah in the sheriff’s department, must fend off the sexual advances of an amoral juror. An unscrupulous tabloid reporter tries to tamper with the justice system.
Once inside the deliberation room, the jurors elect as foreperson an insecure, addled file clerk, who gets the job because no one else wants it. Despite — or perhaps because of — her delusions of grandeur, she loses control of the deliberations, allowing a juror known as the Housewife to monopolize the discussion. A buttoned-up jury consultant uses her professional experience to challenge her colleagues’ preconceived notions about the evidence. An apparently sweet grandmother turns out to be anything but. A Methodist minister sits silently, concealing a shocking secret that could change everything.
As the jurors stagger toward a verdict, they must sift through contradictory testimony from the Sullinger’s children, who disagree on which parent was Satan; sort out conflicting allegations of severe physical abuse, adultery, and incest; and overcome personal animosities that threaten a fair and just verdict. Ultimately, the central figures in We, the Jury must navigate the blurred boundaries between bias and objectivity, fiction and truth.
About the Author
Robert Rotstein is an entertainment attorney with over thirty years experience in the industry. He’s represented all of the major motion picture studios and many well-known writers, producers, directors, and musicians. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California, where he is at work on the next Parker Stern novel.
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This was one long Book, but it does not take away from the excitement of this case. This case follows Judge Natalie Gilbert following the death of her husband. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn’t figure out if David Sullinger actually killed his wife in cold-blood or if it was self-defense.
I definitely would like to read more books from this author, especially the one he co wrote with James Patterson.