Judge & Jury

Judge & Jury

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When a single mom and aspiring actress ends up on an important jury, she must team up with an FBI agent to hunt down a vicious and powerful mob boss.

Andie DeGrasse is not your typical juror. Hoping to get dismissed from the pool, she tells the judge that most of her legal knowledge comes from a bit part curling around a stripper's pole in The Sopranos. But she still ends up as juror #11 in a landmark trial against a notorious mob boss.

The case quickly becomes the new Trial of the Century. Mafia don Dominic Cavello, known as the Electrician, is linked to hundreds of gruesome, unspeakable crimes. Senior FBI agent Nick Pellisante has been tracking him for years. He knows Cavello's power reaches far beyond the courtroom, but the FBI's evidence against the ruthless killer is iron-clad. Conviction is a sure thing.

As the jury is about to reach a verdict, the Electrician makes one devastating move that no one could have predicted. The entire nation is reeling, and Andie's world is shattered. For her, the hunt for the Electrician becomes personal, and she and Pellisante come together in an unbreakable bond: they will exact justice . . . at any cost.

James Patterson spins an all-out heart-pounding legal thriller that pits two people against the most vicious and powerful mobster since John Gotti. Judge & Jury is a stunning feat by "one of America's most influential authors" ( New York Times).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781415930984
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(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.
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ZachMontana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Exciting, fast moving story of trial of a mafia boss who pays a hitman to kill the jury. Hero FBI agent has to go rogue to find the killers and revenge the mafia boss.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patterson is not about to make John Grisham redundant with this foray in to court room drama. In his usual frenetic style Patterson delivers a story driven piece, although there is more attention to the relationship of the characters than in many of his novels. The story twists and turns its way through more than just one genre, ultimately being the master of none, however it's an easy book to read, with a cookie cutter approach to mob crime. It's a simple and short page-turner and easy to recommend and pleasantly forgettable.
Fantasma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a fast read, as usual, but it didn't grab me as usual. Maybe it eas my mood... I felt it changed too much and it seemed a bit unrealistic. And I didn't feel any connection with the caracters.
DavidLErickson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is something about a couple who find love amidst the most extraordinary circumstances and then work together to accomplish what needs to be done. James carries off the story with his usual style and I was quite plased to read it.I know it's necessary to paint the bad guy in a horrible light, but I felt the murder of 18 jurists was far more than necessary to make the point. I was tempted to set the book aside at that passage, but I'd already invested myself in the protagonists. Personally, I don't think I could've let it go. I would've smuggled a gun into the jail and murdered Dominic Cavello before he could contract the killing of anyone else.It was intriguing the way James allowed the characters to deal with the bad guys, keeping in focus that Andie was just an actress before Cavello took her son's life and thus no super-heroine with extraordinary skills. Well done.Overall, an entertaining read in the James Patterson style we've become accustomed to.
emigre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced read with evil villain & satisfying ending.
gilroy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't read a lot of Patterson, so when I checked this out of the library, it became my experiment. The novel flowed well and the voice actor reading it added the right touch to make it believable. The characters allowed me to latch onto them and follow their moves, though we didn't get enough Andie or Nick early on. Seeing things from Cavello's view also brought interesting viewpoints to the book. Thankfully, the change of chapter signaled the change in POV and kept it from being confusing. The plot, a revenge plot that seems to work well with the mob style book, flowed well, though bogged down when trying to just set scene and detail to drag out the suspense. Enjoyable for my first foot into the Patterson waters.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to the unabridged audio of this book. My sister passed it my way when she was done. When she handed it to me she said, "Give it a few chapters before you give up on it. It starts out slow." I put the CD in during a long car drive and was hooked from the very beginning. I didn't think it started slow, and I listened to the entire thing in a couple days. Some parts of the story were predictable, while others caught me by surprise. It was a fun guessing game to see how many pieces of the plot I could guess correctly. The twists and turns were awesome, and well thought out. The two characters Nick and Andy were easy to love. You couldn't help but root for the good guys with these two. He was determined, caring, loyal and honest. She was independent, wild and funny. I guessed right from the start that Nick and Andy would form a bond, but was unable to guess where it would take them, but was happy with where it did. The sound effects and music within the audio of this book was okay, though there were times when I could have done without so much of it. I like the gun shots, or screeching of tires, but the slow songs during the romantic scenes was a little cheesy. The end was NOT what I expected. Parts were, but other parts were not. Before the last CD, I'd give this book a 4.5 star rating. However, the ending ruined it a little. I cannot totally explain without spoilers, so I'll let you judge for yourself if you check out this book.
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Journal entry 4 by SKingList from New York, New York USA on Wednesday, August 15, 2007A part way through entry. This book is here with me in Australia, typical since it was here - albeit a bit further north in Brisbane that I first discovered Patterson, and I don't mean Banjo!As is typical with Patterson, I started it this afternoon and am already on p.177. I like Nick, but Andie hasn't grown on me. Then again, Cross' girls never do and I'm reading Nick as an albino Cross o:) I'll be back when I've finished this.edit journal entry | upload journal entry pic | back to topJournal entry 5 by SKingList from New York, New York USA on Thursday, August 16, 2007Finished this this afternoon just before leaving for dinner. At 24 hours that's about par for a Patterson book.I liked it, though I was a bit surprised by the ending. Felt as if he was creating a division where there didn't need to be. Liked Pellisante - and his nickname by virtue of his name ending in a vowel ;) I thought the characters were well-written but as is the case with many non Cross books, I found myself wanting more with these characters although I know there won't be. I found karma to come through - for Cavello and Nordeshenko. Good read, going to release this somewhere -- just not sure where.
loveseabooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Mystery is a Disappointment Yet, MR. Patterson can do better. I'm not sure what has happened to Mr. Patterson's writing skills, but it seems to me that a majority of his novels that he has co-wrote with someone have been real duds. I just finished reading his latest release, "The 6th Target and that was another real dud. All I can say to Mr. Patterson: "I have enjoyed many of your earlier novels, would you get serious and start creating well-written stories that you certainly have the talent to conceive." In the story "Judge and Jury", I almost got excited and began to read pages non-stop, but then the story started to fall apart again. At this point I was reading the scene where the mob leader is on trial for murder. Does he care? No. He just solves the problem by hiring an assassin to destroy the bus that the jury panel is riding on. Murder an entire jury? I just shook my head, wondering who was next: the judge, the DA?. I know this is fiction but the scenes should have some resemblance to the real world. Then we have Nick Pellisante, the FBI agent in hot pursuit of the mobster all over the world with a bank account that seems to have no bottom to it. It's not a terrible read, but I do feel that it is not a super mystery read. If you are a die hard fan of Mr. Patterson, you may find it an enjoyable read.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one really didn't do much for me, a fairly boring read that could have been much, much better. It would appear that on this outing with Gross, they tried to overcome the ridiculous ending ala Lifeguard, but did not succeed.
es135 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the typical Patterson suspense thriller that audiences have come to expect from the bestselling author. Whenever a co-author is involved, his novels are either really entertaining or embarrassingly bad. Fortunately, this novel uses its fascinating mobster plot and fast pacing to keep readers invested in the story and craving more.