Sweet Justice

Sweet Justice

by Ken Malovos

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Retired Judge Robert Tilson has been murdered and the police have no clues. Frustrated, his daughter Kathy Lamb goes to work to find her father's killer. Meanwhile, Judge Jim Hansen is back on the bench after the jury was deadlocked when he was charged with first-degree murder of a woman who had been blackmailing him. Mike Zorich is called on to figure out who killed Judge Tilson and who really killed the woman Judge Hansen was charged with killing. Along with Kathy Lamb's help, Mike gets to the bottom of things after some sensational trials but not before a killer strikes again.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161748916
Publisher: Ken Malovos
Publication date: 11/07/2018
Series: Mike Zorich , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 641,848
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Ken Malovos has been practicing law in Sacramento for over forty years. He spent twelve years with the Public Defender's Office and twenty-five years as a business litigator. He now serves full-time as a mediator and arbitrator. He has written three previous Mike Zorich novels and has been recognized by Chanticleer Book Reviews as a First Prize Category winner in the legal genre of the Mystery and Mayhem competition and as a finalist in the Thriller and Suspense competition.

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Sweet Justice 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GillianHT 4 months ago
like with his other books, Ken Malovos tackles the tropes of the crime/legal thriller genre that are recognizable, yet still original and are filtered through his own unique imagination and real-life experience as a trial lawyer. I have found that many series start off with a good, intriguing first book that hook us as readers, but afterwards it goes a little downhill in terms of developing the characters further (not having them stay exactly the same the whole time) as well as incorporating in realistic scenarios from previous storylines and how it would play out organically ‘in real life’ of the continuing story arc. So the fact that this is the third book I’ve read from Malovos and in my humble opinion is just as good as the first and second ones – if not better—says something about how well he has structured this riveting series and what remarkable staying power it has. Still has the enticing structure of a crime that needs to be solved, a slew of suspects and motives, and some serious surprising twists. Old characters return to spice things up, and to provide more drama to the storyline. While there are a few ‘main’ characters in this book and series, its focus is mostly on Zorich but we do see the police and judicial (and criminal) side as well. I had been very pleased with these books so far and hope there will be more to come, even of its with new characters.
BelladonnaBooks 6 months ago
nfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Sigh! I always hate when I get so into a book that I read and finish it really fast and wish there was another after it but there’s not. (hint hint, Mr. Malovos :-)). It’s not like this ends on a cliffhanger – in fact all the characters storylines tie up very nicely, but still bittersweet! It’s been an interesting ride with Zorich and Hanson and the others in the “Mike Zorich” books by Ken Malovos, and even though it might be the last one (as I see no more mentioned anywhere), there are certainly unlimited opportunities for more thrilling legal investigations and wild shenanigans in the future! It's full of lightning-fast pacing and a raw inside glimpse to the world of criminals, police investigators, lawyers, and the people who are involved with them. I love this cover and while it can benefit from another pass of the editor, it very a solid story with ties to the previous books, so read those first (at least #3).
SammiJRyann 7 months ago
I have been so pleasantly surprised by these legal thriller novels by Ken Malovos. Even though its been awhile since I’d read the first two books in the Mike Zorich Series, Fatal Reunion in 2016 and One Night in Amboise in 2017, I was quickly reminded why I am such a fan of his work. His storytelling is energetically passionate and descriptive, and you are pulled into his world right away. Gets right to the action (the crime) in the opening paragraph, and the language and actions of everyone involved – especially the legal/police work, feels authentic and detailed- how they’d talk and act. These books aren’t full of contrived, unrealistic drama or crimes (murders) even though the situations are undeniably unusual. Just a thrilling, yet easy read combination of murder and mystery—unknown motives and suspects, shady characters, and unexpected connections-from the past and present- that come on like a tidal wave that will sweep you along, faster and faster until we’re flying through the rapids at breakneck speed. The ending made me smile and I’m glad to see how it all came together for after all that had happened. Really did like all the characters in this series…The Hero's and the Villains alike. The ending was fitting and I was actually very pleased where it all ended up, especially with Jim and his wife and with Mike and Nancy. It isn’t without some weak spots with regards to the editing and construct, but I tend to overlook those for sake of entertainment. It does stand on its own technically, but I do think you at least need to read One Night in Amboise first to get more of the character history and backstory.
Danielle6476 7 months ago
I ended up liking this much more than I thought I would – I didn’t like the beginning because it was not as impactful as it should have been, and then the character’s reactions didn’t feel that believable to me. I noticed a lot of places where the wording and punctuation was off, and sometimes it confused me. I did appreciate, however, that we are given enough background information to dive in ‘cold’ – on book #4 in a series that includes prior events and are able to seamlessly fall into the story. The beginning as rocky but I think by the halfway point it really gets its rhythm down and things start falling into place in a captivating way. I finished “Sweet Justice” in less than a week and since I rarely do that with any book due to limited reading time, that is pretty impressive. But it was because of all the intense action and drama within the pages and I especially enjoyed the courtroom scenes. I have mixed thoughts on the ending as at is nice to see the fates of everyone, but it felt a little to summed up and rushed. The lingo and descriptions are detailed and accurate, and gives vibrant life to the whole experience. But the editing needs improving and there are places where there could be some cutting down. I will be reading the others in this series when I have a chance. Recommend for fans of crime, police/detective and judicial proceedings.
NikkiTurnage 7 months ago
First off, I finished “Sweet Justice” by Ken Malovos within hours of getting my hands on it. I tried not to rush it too much, but the struggle between “wanting to know what happens next but not wanting to finish because then it would be over” was real for me Everything just flowed, even in the midst of the most intense conflicts, or shifting from one character’s subplot to another. Although sometimes it feels like it’s going in five directions at once and at first we can’t see the connections, everyone brings something to the table and it all does make a lot of sense on the end. A few points though: the beginning starts off with a ‘bang’, it slows down right afterwards and sometimes things we are reading don’t seem relevant to the murder or the case at all. I think the specifics of Judge Tillis’s murder should have been disclosed right away as there doesn’t seem a reason to keep it secret if that’s what he was trying to do. This involves characters and events from the previous book but can be understood and enjoyed on its own. I think there needs to be more proofreading done because of glaring errors that detract from the quality of the storytelling, which is actually very good. But maybe I tend to be more bothered than most by that kind of thing. The writing style is engaging and authentic- we really get inside the action from a real attorney’s point of view. But like I said I swallowed this book in one bite so it was obviously pretty good!
CaraP123 7 months ago
Here is what I liked - or even loved - about “Sweet Justice”. Ken Malovos’s writing is detailed and energetic and just demands your attention in every scene – even if it’s not a life-and-death moment, we are just held captive by the intensity as well as the unpredictability of who will do what. He doesn’t waste time with nuance or metaphor or purple prose or scenes that completely defy belief. It is straightforward and right to the action, and everything that happens, whether it’s the characters who become involved, or the secrets they hide, and the unexpected connections that turn it all around – the dark side of human nature is on display as well as the righteous. The world building and story development is very well done. I’m not looking for perfection in a book; I like originality, thrills, and escapism with characters that make you root for them all the way and I found this here.
CLehmen 7 months ago
This was a good book, but I had a few difficulties with it. Partly because I wonder if since I haven’t read the previous ones in the series that there are pertinent facts or nuanced situations that I am missing out on - even though the author describes in detail the previous ties and connections, feels like something you might need to experience firsthand to really understand properly. I do think the main characters were written well enough – I had a decent sense of Mike Zorich, Judge Hanson and their past connections with Obregon’s and how the other characters (like the Stewarts) come into play. But there were many who I didn’t understand that well or felt they added much value, and I had several things jump out at me that I wondered why it was done this way. For example, every time a new character is introduced, we get a full physical description and bio/backstory, and it feel oddly jarring – especially in the beginning with the cleaners. We didn’t need to know ANY of those details, just that the judge was found murdered. But even then… why don’t they ever say HOW he was murdered – the cause of death- and more so why doesn’t anyone ask? When his wife and daughter are told, the 2 people who you think would be the most upset and demanding answers, they never ask “what happened?” “How did he die?” It is just said that he was killer or murdered, but the news and other outlets would certainly mention cause of death. I don’t think we know until over 100 pages in (unless I missed it earlier). There are other things like that, as well as abundant editing mistakes that made this a bouncy ride for me. But at the same time, the premise is intriguing, and seeing how it involves the other characters. We are wondering who is guilty – and the motive- and the tension builds to an exciting showdown climax at the ending. I was practically on the edge of my seat the whole time wondering how it would all work out. I did like the story, but unfortunately the execution missed the mark.