An original crime novel involving the juvenile justice delinquency system from a true insider's viewpoint. The honest private thoughts of an experienced juvenile court judge are revealed, the various participants are exposed, and you'll witness what occurs in actual juvenile court proceedings that are closed to public scrutiny. When the Head of a major Los Angeles County official dies from a methamphetamine overdose, the curiosity of the judge lures him deeper into the maze of intrigue only to discover an insidious North Korean drug cartel's plot to distribute drugs to the young troubled children confined in probation camps and juvenile halls. Along the way the judge and his deputy district attorney, with the help of a tech savvy DEA agent, kidnap and torture a Korean gang member, spy on the cartel, and ultimately discover betrayal at the highest level of our justice system. You're sure to find this book action-packed, eye-opening, thought-provoking, well-written and an enjoyable read while you enter into an arena, juvenile justice, rarely explored in fiction today.
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Everyone understands, or should understand, how thoroughly screwed up government bureaucracies are. Judicial systems are no exception; and relatively confidential judicial systems like the juvenile justice system provide the opportunity for abuse without any real form of accountability. Imagine, then, the opportunities that would arise if a North Korean criminal enterprise managed to smuggle high quality methamphetamine into a major metropolitan juvenile justice system in a way that that was lucrative for all the system’s administrators. It’s easy if the administrators consider the juveniles in detention to be drug users, incorrigible criminals and unworthy of the effort of saving. Such is the juvenile justice system described in Jurisdiction Terminated; a system torn between taking controversial action that truly changes behavior and the prevailing political sentiment that kinder and gentler, but generally ineffective, tactics should be used. Into this mix, comes a Korean crime syndicate with a seemingly endless supply of methamphetamine, the ability to corrupt responsible officials and a fixed population of juvenile consumers for the meth. When Los Angeles Superior Court Internal Services Chief John Walker is murdered, and subsequently, Judge Marty Goldstein begins to notice fewer cases coming into his court, he begins to suspect something is wrong in paradise. Enlisting a few good friends (he thinks) Goldstein begins asking questions with potentially disastrous results. What follows is a nail-biting detective story in the best tradition of the genre. The story is narrated in the first person from Judge Goldstein’s perspective. It’s his frustration that is expressed throughout the narrative. The characters are believable; even to the fact that most who weren’t involved in the conspiracy couldn’t care less what was happening around them. Goldstein displays strength of character in pursuing his suspicions, but exercises poor judgment enlisting assistance. Goldstein’s companion judges are well developed characters, but are much better developed than their role in the story requires. Otherwise, the character’s development is consistent with their roles. Jurisdiction Terminated is entertaining, believable and anyone who ever spent much time in government service can relate to the dry frustration that seeps through it. It should be an enjoyable and entertaining read for everyone who loves detective/crime action stories and similar adventures. I enjoyed it. If you want to know what happened in the end, I guess you’ll have to buy it and read it!
A good read, packed with judicial process minutae, graphic violence and recommendations for some of the tastiest food in the San Fernando Valley. Judge Marty Goldstein finds himself drawn from the cozy environs of his new gig as a Juvenile Court jurist by a North Korean drug ring that has infiltrated his jurisdiction. As Judge Marty and his crew of supporters unravel the cartel, they face down characters from inept burglars to a sinister Surgeon. Throughout the book, the Judge maintains his work schedule, which allows us to both see his current, rather cynical perspective on the juvenile criminal justice system and to view detailed examples of cases, court processes and personalities which led him to see things the way he does. The Judge's extensive use of salty vocabulary keeps the court material lively. The food references occur often and are spot on in their identification of some great places to eat, and some great items on the menus, near the Sylmar, California courthouse where the Judge holds court. I scanned this book for defects, and there are a couple of light blips, but, despite the blips, it is highly entertaining, a smooth, easy read, and one which I would recommend to any fan of Southern California noir. Be sure to check your favorite music download vendor for "LA Carpool" ... they are real, and they sure can salsa.
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Jurisdiction Terminated is a short crime novel by authors Jack Gold and Marc Debbaudt. In a unique setting for an action packed crime caper, the novel’s central characters are a juvenile court judge, a deputy district attorney and a law enforcement agent, all of whom have become jaded by a system which appears to let down those very people it should be aiding to reform. Whilst the judge has settled into a somewhat comfortable lifestyle, all is to be turned on its head when a prominent death leads to the discovery of a massive drugs operation run by agents from North Korea. Our central heroes take it upon themselves to uncover the truth of this sinister plot and put an end to it, whatever the cost of the harrowing truth that they may discover. The dark heart of the American justice system is exposed in all its foul glory in this short but engaging read. Whilst the narration is somewhat raw and unpolished, authors Jack Gold and Marc Debbaudt make up for this with well paced dialogue and realistic characters, and it’s easy to tell these have come from real life experiences. The gritty action of the novel’s plot will satisfy readers looking for gruesome realism in their crime fiction, whilst the unique setting of the novel is sure to please crime and legal fiction fans looking for a brand new area to explore. Jurisdiction Terminated is a quick but complex read, recommended for readers who appreciate the everyman-turned-hero genre, and love a good bit of gory adventure.