Judgment Calls (Samantha Kincaid Series #1)

Judgment Calls (Samantha Kincaid Series #1)

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by Alafair Burke, Betty Bobbitt
     
 

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Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid walks into her office in Portland's Drug and Vice Division one Monday morning to find the sergeant of the police bureau's vice unit waiting for her. A thirteen-year-old girl has been brutally attacked and left for dead on the city's outskirts. Given the lack of evidence, most lawyers would settle for an assault charge;…  See more details below

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Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid walks into her office in Portland's Drug and Vice Division one Monday morning to find the sergeant of the police bureau's vice unit waiting for her. A thirteen-year-old girl has been brutally attacked and left for dead on the city's outskirts. Given the lack of evidence, most lawyers would settle for an assault charge; Samantha, unnerved by the viciousness of the crime, decides to go for attempted murder. But as she prepares for the trial, she uncovers a dangerous trail leading to a high-profiles death penalty case, a prostitution ring of underage girls, and a possible serial killer. And she finds her judgment - not only in matters of the law but in her personal life - called into question.

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This powerful debut thriller by Alafair Burke (daughter of crime writer James Lee Burke), introduces readers to an intriguing new investigator who offers a gritty-yet-compassionate legal eagle's–eye view of how the system deals with sex crimes, drugs, and violence. Samantha Kincaid is a deputy district attorney in Portand, Oregon. Though she's usually assigned to the Drug and Vice Division, her passion for justice leads her to take on a brutal assault case where the victim is an underage prostitute who was attacked and left for dead. The case has been assigned to the Major Crime Team but is in danger of being sidelined because of problems with the investigation. Sam sets out to prove that this was more than simple assault: She thinks it was attempted murder. The danger grows, both in court and in the field, as Sam uncovers unexpected connections to even more serious crimes, including a deadly conspiracy, a prostitution ring, and more. Alafair Burke's personal experience as a former deputy D.A., combined with a flair for well-drawn characters and bold plotting, mark her as a writer to watch. Sue Stone

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781742854762
Publisher:
Bolinda Publishing Pty, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Samantha Kincaid Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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“I don’t mind taking the case, but here’s the problem: this case needs major help. The rape kit’s not back; the victim’s clothes are still at the lab. Derringer’s alibi needs work, and we don’t have the driver. If this case is filed as an Assault III, it’s outside MCT jurisdiction, and you know that precinct detectives aren’t going to do the follow up that’s needed.”

Garcia was a step ahead of me. “I’ll make another call to O’Donnell to explain that you’re willing to take the case but are worried about the follow-up issue.”

I hate this kind of crap. The four people in the room agree what needs to happen and are willing to put in the work, but have to plot how they can even start without bruising a fragile ego.

I was skeptical. Garcia was good, but I still thought O’Donnell might see right through it and blame me when he wound up looking like a jerk. It would have been so easy to bow out on the grounds that the die had been cast.

Apathy is grossly undervalued and never there for me when I need it. I was already sucked in. I’d broken up some escort services and prosecuted a few pimps, but I’d never had a chance to handle a case like this one. And to my mind, with scum like Derringer, it was better to issue the case and lose than to let him walk away up front.

“Alright, let’s give it a try,” I said.

Meet the Author

A former deputy district attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair Burke now teaches criminal law at Hofstra Law School and lives in New York City. She is the daughter of the acclaimed crime writer James Lee Burke. Her three novels in the Samantha Kincaid series, Judgment Calls, Missing Justice, and Close Case are available in paperback from St. Martin's Press. Dead Connection is her first stand-alone thriller.

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Judgment Calls (Samantha Kincaid Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was kind of hard to swallow such a liberal prosecutor and homicide detective. I suppose they are out there though. The book definitely kept my attention. Most of her attempts at humor fell flat, and the banter was kind of wooden, but not bad for a first novel.
sdrice More than 1 year ago
I really liked this author and read another book in this series before this one. I couldn't stomach the plot of this story and I disliked the victim and well as the bad guys. I have to admit I didn't finish it because the plot was so hard to deal with and I couldn't even have sympathy for a teenage girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Judgment Calls, the debut effort from Alafair Burke, is a book that is difficult to set down. Readers are introduced to Samantha Kincaid, a young prosecutor navigating through the judicial system in search of justice for the teenage victim in a brutal rape case. Ms. Burke, through colorful descriptions, interesting character development, and a tight, riveting plot, takes the reader on a memorable ride from the start to finish of a criminal case from the prosecutor's perspective, a perspective that has not been explored much by other crime/mystery writers. Ms. Burke appears to have a very bright future in this genre and this reviewer is definitely looking forward to future books featuring Samantha Kincaid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came across this writer after hearing her interviewed on NPR. I loved this book so much that I'm now reading her second novel, Missing Justice. Any true fan of mysteries would truly enjoy these novels. This writer and her main character, Samantha Kinkaid, are refreshing, interesting, and funny! A MUST READ FOR SURE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most boring books I have read. There was far too much personal data and legal procedure in the first nine-tenths of the book I was suspicious a test was going to given at the end. After that, a story emerged and came to its conclusion in the remaining tenth of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Judgment Calls, the debut effort from Alafair Burke, is a book that is > difficult to set down. Readers are introduced to Samantha Kincaid, a young > prosecutor navigating through the judicial system in search of justice for > the teenage victim in a brutal rape case. Ms. Burke, through colorful > descriptions, interesting character development, and a tight, riveting plot, > takes the reader on a memorable ride from the start to finish of a criminal > case from the prosecutor's perspective, a perspective that has not been > explored much by other crime/mystery writers. Ms. Burke appears to have a > very bright future in this genre and this reviewer is definitely looking > forward to future books featuring Samantha Kincaid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My one huge complaint about this book is that I COULD NOT put it down and ended up reading through the night. This book has an amazingly tight plot, a hip protagonist and offers an insider's view of a real courtroom. A definite page-turner that happens to be well written too....am looking forward to the next book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book only if you are interested in reading the gory details of sexual violence. I prefer authors that are more subltle.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirteen years old Kendra Martin turns tricks to fund her heroin habit. Two johns pull her into their car, beat her, sodomize and rape her. They leave her for dead in an isolated park. Two Samaritans find her and call 911. The emergency room doctors save her life. After she recovers she identifies one of the perpetrators as Frank Derringer, an ex-con out on parole who is supposed to stay away from underage girls as the condition for his continued freedom.

Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid goes against the advice of her immediate superior and decides to charge Derringer with numerous felonies that will put him away for a long time. At first her case looks solid but Frank¿s defense attorney makes such a compelling argument that a serial killer committed the crime that her boss and his superior force her to drop out of the prosecution. Samantha isn¿t willing to let the case slip away from her and see justice perverted so she starts her own independent investigation, an action that almost gets her killed.

Alafair Burke, the daughter of well renowned crime thriller writer James Lee Burke, has inherited her father¿s talent for writing a compelling and enthralling novel. This legal thriller has plenty of action scenes, surprises and courtroom scenes so readers will find themselves thoroughly enjoying JUDGMENT CALLS which is, as hard as it is to believe, the author¿s debut novel. The protagonist has a vulnerable side that will endear her to readers as well as a bulldog tenacity that allows her to do her job in spite of overwhelming odds. This reviewer can¿t wait for the second Samantha Kincaid legal thriller.

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