Pawns Of Justiceby Nicholas A. Clemente
Justice Ron Goodman is a trial judge at the center of a high-profile medical malpractice case, and the stakes are enormous. When one of the defendants, Dr. DiTucci, is killed and another has his car blown up, Detective Jack Zangara, a friend of Goodman's, realizes that there is a connection between the case and the murder. Thus begins a complex game of treachery,… See more details below
Justice Ron Goodman is a trial judge at the center of a high-profile medical malpractice case, and the stakes are enormous. When one of the defendants, Dr. DiTucci, is killed and another has his car blown up, Detective Jack Zangara, a friend of Goodman's, realizes that there is a connection between the case and the murder. Thus begins a complex game of treachery, deceit, and contract killings.
The malpractice case centers around a woman who is near death as a result of a botched operation at a prominent New York hospital with particularly deep pockets-a ripe target for seven-figure insurance claims. But Dr. DiTucci's suspicious death only raises more questions for all involved: who killed him-and who will be next? When Zangara alerts Goodman to the possible chicanery going on in his courtroom, the two men must determine if the woman is the victim of flagrant medical malpractice, or if mobsters are killing doctors merely to win a lawsuit.
Soon an ever-widening web of players emerges that includes organized crime heads, hit men, crooked cops, corrupt lawyers, philanderers, and gamblers. They battle each other in a seedy world that links the highest echelons of our judicial system with the lowest depths of criminal activity.
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¿PAWNS OF JUSTICE¿ By Honorable Nicholas A. Clemente The pivotal character in this terrific book is reminded by his Dutch uncle Justice Donovan: ¿I don¿t know whether it¿s better to have appointed or elected judges, but I do know that it¿s the ones who have come up through the ranks who have the most common sense¿. Elected judges possess, in large part, ¿the rough and tumble of the clubhouse politics¿ they have survived the struggle for power within legal community and, are fine curbstone psychologists. With apologies to the Fund for Modern Courts and Judge Gleason of the US District Court Donovan on elected as opposed to appointed is the best method for a Judiciary. That is why the New York Courts and Judges are the best in the world. Even though I was an elected judge, I missed my PhD in street smarts. Productive and workmanlike while on the Bench, I lacked the real appreciation of the human drama that was played out in the Courtroom and the abundance of situational dilemmas confronted. This book demonstrates that Justice Clemente did not miss much during his long and remarkable career. Mr. Justice Clemente has the soul of an artist the eye of a skeptic and a facility to make his characters real and believable. More than once while reading the book, I said, ¿I know that person or I recognize that guy¿. Likewise, his story about a conflicted and imperfect Judge trying a serious medical negligence case and the persons swirling around, in and out of the plot could only be told by someone whose courtroom experience and ¿street smarts¿ rings true. There are no larger than life people in this book, but there are credible mobsters, trial lawyers, cops, lovers, etal. This second book read as fast and interestingly as did ¿Broken Gavel¿ and I feel honored to be able to review this new offering as I was with first. The neat twist of superimposing the mob and its corrupting influence into the world of negligence litigation is not ¿pie in the sky¿ story telling. It exists it is lucrative and the relative ease with which it is foisted on the courts is a scandal. Maybe this book in telling a plausible scenario should be taken very seriously by everyone and not be judged solely as just a wonderful book to read commuting to and from work or at the beach. Make sure this book is on your reading list and Christmas gift list it will be on my gift list for sure.