Judge & Jury

Judge & Jury

by James Patterson, Andrew Gross
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Judge & Jury by James Patterson, Andrew Gross

From #1 bestselling author James Patterson comes the ultimate legal thriller where the judge and jury are terrified. The verdict: run for your life. Failing to escape jury duty, aspiring actress Andie DeGrasse ends up as Juror #11 in a landmark case. In this new Trial of the Century, a Mafia don known as the Electrician is linked to hundreds of gruesome crimes. Tracking this ruthless killer for years, senior FBI agent Nick Pellisante fears that the defendant's power reaches far beyond the courtroom, even if the FBI's evidence is ironclad. Just as the jury finishes deliberations, the Electrician makes a devastating move that shocks the entire nation - and shatters Andie's world. Now she and Pellisante must hunt for the Electrician before he executes his most horrifying endgame.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316013932
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/08/2009
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 459,822
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 375 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Judge & Jury

By James Patterson Andrew Gross


Copyright © 2006 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-01393-5

Chapter One

MY NAME IS NICK PELLISANTE, and this is where it started for me, one summer out on Long Island at "the wedding of weddings." I was watching the bride celebrating at the head of the dance line as it festively wound through the tables. A conga line. I groaned. I hated conga lines.

I should mention that I was watching the scene through high-powered binoculars. I followed as the bride slung her ample, lace-covered rear end in every direction, toppling a glass of red wine, trying to coax some bowling ball of a relative who was scarfing down a plate of stuffed clams up into the procession. Meanwhile, the grinning, affable groom did his Gowanus Expressway best just to hang on.

Lucky couple, I thought, wincing, thinking ten years down the line. Lucky me, to get to watch. All part of the job.

As special agent in charge of section C-10, the FBI's Organized Crime Unit in New York, I was heading up a stakeout of a wiseguy wedding at the posh South Fork Club in Montauk. Everybody who was anybody was here, assuming you were into wiseguys.

Everybody except for the one man I was really looking for.

The Boss. The Capo di tutti capi. Dominic Cavello. They called him the Electrician because he had started in that trade, pulling off construction scamsin New Jersey. The guy was bad, terror-level-red bad. And I had a slew of warrants on him, for murder, extortion, union tampering, and conspiracy to finance narcotics.

Some of my buddies at the Bureau said Cavello was already in Sicily, laughing at us. Another rumor had him in the Dominican Republic at a resort he owned. Others had him in Costa Rica, in the UAE, even in Moscow.

But I had a hunch that he was here, somewhere in this noisy crowd on the South Fork Club's beautiful back deck. His ego was too large. I'd been tracking him for three years, and I expect he knew it. But nothing, not even the federal government, was going to make Dominic Cavello miss his closest niece's wedding.

"Cannoli One, this is Cannoli Two," a voice deadpanned in my earpiece.

It was Special Agent Manny Oliva, whom I'd stationed down on the dunes with Ed Sinclair. Manny grew up in the projects of Newark, then got himself a law degree at Rutgers. He'd been assigned to my C-10 unit straight out of Quantico.

"Anything on the radar, Nick? Nothing but sand and seagulls here."

"Yeah," I said, dishing it back, "ziti mostly. A little lasagna with hot sausages, some stuffed shrimp and parmigiana."

"Stop! You're making me hungry down here, Nicky Smiles."

Nicky Smiles. That's what the guys I was close to in the unit called me. Maybe because I was blessed with a pretty nice grin. More likely it was because I'd grown up with a bunch of these wiseguys in Bay Ridge, and my name ended in a vowel. Plus, I knew more about La Cosa Nostra than just about anyone else in the Bureau, and I was offended by what this scum had done to the reputations of all Italian Americans: my own family, friends of mine who couldn't have been more law-abiding, and, of course, myself.

So where the hell are you, you sly sonovabitch? You're here, aren't you, Cavello? I swept the binoculars along the dance line.

The procession had snaked all the way around the deck by now, past all the juiced-up goombahs in tuxedos with purple shirts and their high-hairdo wives busting through their gowns. The bride sidled up to a table of old-timers, padrones in bolo ties sipping espresso, trading old tales. One or two of the faces looked familiar.

That's when the bride made her mistake.

She singled out one of the old men, leaned down, and kissed him on the cheek. The balding man was in a wheelchair, hands on his lap. He looked feeble and out of it, as if he were recovering from an illness, maybe a stroke. He had on thick black-rimmed glasses, no eyebrows, like Uncle Junior on The Sopranos.

I stood up and focused the lens on him. I watched her take him by the hands and try to get him up. The guy looked like he couldn't pee upright, and he could barely wrap his arms around her, never mind get up and dance.

Then my heart slammed to a stop.

You arrogant sonovabitch! You came!

"Tom, Robin, that old geezer with the black glasses. The bride just gave him a kiss."

"Yeah," Tom Roach came back. He was inside a van in the parking lot watching pictures sent from cameras planted in the club. "I got him. What's the problem?"

I took a step closer, zooming in with the lens.

"No problem. That's Dominic Cavello!"


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BBWlookingRIGHT More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding, could not put it down. The writing was magnificent that the words just seem to come to life. I would dream about what the story would look like just by the pages I had read. Anyone that loves thriller - this is the best book you could ever add to your library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Judge & Jury is a fast-pace thriller that had me wanting to read more. This book is filled with twists and turns and has a great plot. The author describes all the characters in great detail. I would strongly recommend this exciting novel by James Patterson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of James Patterson, and this is one of my favorites. You will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
action and adventure from start to finish...
JLC10 More than 1 year ago
Was pleasantly surprised where Patterson takes you in this book. I thought it was one of his better ones.
Grandpa More than 1 year ago
This one you will want to read from cover to cover the same day. Fast pace action, great characters, ciff hangers in every chapter,with a very satisfying ending. What can I say, few can match Patterson when it comes to challenging your mind to try to solve the case before he does, and there is always an unusual twist. Buy this, even if it's your first Patterson book (and I find that impossible to believe) you will not regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Typical Patterson (and others) greatness here with another thriller. I don't know, for me, this book was sooooo much better than some of his earlier ones. Really great beach read
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my second book that I read from James Patterson and I was instantly hook. The way the character try to get out of jury duty like everyone who have serve knows what type of excuses to give but it does not work. Once you start to read the first chapter you don't want to stop you want to find out how it will end. That's what make a good book it take you from the start until the very end making you begging for more. I recommend anyone to read this book but if you like the Godfather Movies this will be perfect for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is among the top of Patterson's best novels!! I just finished this book a couple of minutes ago, and the ending was the best way this book could have ended. I can't really see it happening, but hopefully Patterson does a sequal for this one!!
ClarkP More than 1 year ago
This book hooked me from the beginning and never let go. The plot was interesting and action packed. Patterson and Gross have great characters in this story. The book is very descriptive, making it easy to imagine the scenes in your head. Overall, this book deserves an 'A' from me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finished reading this book today. It was excellent. The story started out good & pretty funny. Later on it was a wild ride. All caused by this mob boss Dominic Cavello. Patterson always makes his villians so gruesome. Oh theres also romance in this one. In between all that choas & revenge Andie and Nick found love. James Patterson and Andrew Gross make a great writing team. I love their books. And Joe Mantegna delivered a wonderful narration of the story. I would recommend anyone to read Judge & Jury.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been hooked on James Patterson for years. Alex Cross and Lindsay Boxer for openers. This book exceeded my expectations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patterson and Gross is a perfect team. The way this book is composed, legendary page turner has come back. It's another epic of FBI against the Mob but the mystery of it is suspenseful with a lot of twist and turn. You will find it hard to put it down. I have been a little disappointed with all the recent Patterson's novels but I think Judge&Jury well deserves a come back for us Patterson's fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unexpected action kept me wanting more
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Action Packed
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Enjoyed every minute of it
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Allison9516 More than 1 year ago
One of the best books by Patterson. The story kept you on your toes. 
AR1 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the better James Patterson books that I've read in along time and I try to read them all. I couldn't put the book down and when I did, I couldn't wait to start reading it again. AR1
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Really enjoyed it, kept me quickly turning the pages, very interesting. I'm a big fan of James Patterson.