Passing Judgement

Passing Judgement

by Lesann Berry

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Overview

Passing Judgment is a compact collection of twelve short stories about people who deliver their own form of justice. These are tales about breaking the rules and seeking retribution, especially when the law fails. Bad guys sometimes do the right thing. Desperate good guys cross the line. In the end, justice is blind--she doesn't care which side of the law a person lands as long as the scales get balanced.

Inside you'll find stories about:

• A Senator collects historic guns, each responsible for shooting a sitting President.
• Guilt drives a desperate man to seek redemption through acts of violence.
• In search of his true identity, a man makes a fatal lapse in judgement.
• African mythology intersects with an escaped slave imprisoned in a strange world.
• Social scandal, great wealth, and a bizarre bequest point to old murder.
• After an error releases a predator, a detective crosses the line to stop the killing.
• A lottery ticket bought on her birthday propels Ivanka's future sideways.
• The assassin sent to eradicate a target, discovers he doesn't want to pull the trigger.
• An orphan journeys home to seek retribution for a mother gone missing.
• Law enforcement holds itself responsible for the murderous actions of a young man.
• Bethany's dull marriage takes on new worth when a gunman steps off the elevator.
• Old acts of violence bring together two men in a reciprocal act of retribution.

Excerpts:

"Mitch shook out his hands, watched mud and slime splatter against the hard packed dirt. After damn near six hours of slogging through bottomland, he'd found a road. He hiked up one canvas pant leg and inspected the three tiny pairs of puncture wounds on his calf. Almost delicate, the trio of red perforations marked the places where a determined cottonmouth had struck repeatedly. Each bite-mark was an objection to the disturbance Mitch caused as he struggled to hold the woman's head under the surface of the brackish water. At seventy-three, the lady had been a real scrapper, a good fighter." - Last Chance for Redemption

"The gun swept the room, the assailant's arm held straight out like an accusing finger until it pointed at her chest. Death would be swift at least. She supposed the end of life offered a resolution of sorts. The upside meant no more strain or deception. Bethany squeezed her eyelids shut and found comfort in knowing that Brian would mourn her passing. Her dumpy husband had wormed his way into her slate heart. That was something." - The Man in the Dark Suit

"A car would be waiting at the street level in a matter of minutes; she just had to reach that relative safety. She tightened the straps on her backpack and thought for a fraction of a second about the man who'd fathered her. He'd been an absentee parent for the last few years but it hadn't always been that way. To her surprise, a tear spilled down her cheek. She was an orphan now. Well, as much as any daughter of the Russian District was allowed to be, since the community was family too." –The Tsar's Granddaughter

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016546667
Publisher: Isinglass Press
Publication date: 11/30/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 94
File size: 183 KB

About the Author

As an anthropologist, Lesann Berry divides her time between academic interests and professional research, focused primarily on the American west. Inspired by the geologic features of empty landscapes, the ancient art and prehistory of those settings often feature in her work. She writes about messed-up people involved in sinister events and says her stories often feature paranormal or romantic elements because life is boring without spooky stuff and warm bodies. Crossing genre lines, she pens both contemporary and historical mysteries, romantic suspense, and even a little horror. Visit www.lesannberry.com for information about upcoming releases.

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Debra_Lobel More than 1 year ago
Serving Justice One Story at a Time Did you ever feel that you've been wronged? That maybe the justice system doesn't work or you don't agree with the way things turn out? Did you ever want to right a wrong even if it can get you in big trouble? Then maybe you should follow Lesann Berry's tactic of seeking justice. Passing Judgement is a collection of twelve short stories dealing with people bent on taking revenge or resolving personal vendatas when the legal system fails or your rules are different then the laws of the land. Each story describes the situation, takes a slight twist and brings you to a surprise ending. They take place at different times My favorite story is The Tsar's Granddaughter where Ivanka believes that today is her lucky day only to find out that she and her family might be in danger unless she follows her grandfather's demand that goes against her nature and will make her unhappy for the rest of her life. The stories in Passing Judgement are set in various locations around the world and influencd by many cultures. It is obvious that a lot of time and research were done to give the stories authenticity. The language is descriptive and vivid such as the following passage: "Fierce satisfaction licked through Cabrera. He hefted his burden atop a wheeled instrument cart. Stinson’s eyes followed the movement, glittering in the glow of flickering lights. A rictus of pleased anticipation curled his lips. "Let me see." He said. The hoarse command carried an element of power and the voice, a lingering vestige of the charisma that had charmed countless victims. Tremulous fingers reached and failed, checked by the heavy nylon wrist band." If you like quick, short stories that are satisfying, you will definitely enjoy Passing Judgement. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review