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The Judgment (Charley Sloan #3)

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The death of innocence

In a rural area outside of Detroit, bodies are being found in the snow. One after another. Neatly washed, wrapped in platic, methodically laid out like sleeping angels. And very, very young.

The birth of evil

Forty miles away and at the other end of the world, an honest cop, the deputy chief chief of police, has been framed for a corruption charge. In a
Paperback, 424 pages
Published January 15th 1999 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1997)
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Not just another lawyer tale. One of the things that makes Coughlin's stories interesting is the local. Detroit! Not your glamorous setting for legal drama. In fact today's Detroit is pretty desolate. My personal interest is the background of a Lake Erie City. No matter how different each may be from the other, in most respects that matter they are the same. Detroit may have fared the worst, a long way to fall. The principal story is centered on police and political corruption, but along side is ...more
It was just okay

This was not a courtroom thriller. In fact the book hardly had any courtroom action. There were two mysteries. The one involving the Detroit policeman was interesting and had a very surprising ending. The other was stupid. The actions and dialogue associated with the mystery were dull, and it was just not good. So, you have a book with two mysteries - one good and the other bad.
Chris Bridson
Decent law thriller. A little too much lawyer/cop relationship melodrama as well as a little too much pontificating about life. Kind of like a soap opera meets a cop show. Coughlin's style is less hard-edged than Grisham's. The ending is abrupt... the story that goes on for 400 pages gets wrapped up in a couple of pages.
This fabulous author died last year but his widow just published this addition to the Charley Sloan series. I know it's too much to hope for, but I sure hope she's got more to come! Lawyer Charley Sloan handles the small cases out of his small office just outside of Detroit. But now his little town is looking more like Detroit. A serial killer is leaving bodies of small children all around. These children have been murdered and then bathed and their clothes washed and then they have been wrapped ...more
Debra Chapoton
Stopped half way through. Just not interesting enough.
Excellent book, easy to read.
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William Jeremiah Coughlin (1929-1992), former defense attorney and judge in Detroit for twenty years, was the author of sixteen novels. He lived in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan with his wife, Ruth, an author and book critic.

Also wrote under the pseudonym of Sean A. Key.
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