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The Court (Charley Sloan #4)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Nine Supreme Court judges will soon decide four history-making cases. Eight of them will split along party lines four to four. The ninth judge, holding the swing vote, will tip the scales of justice. He's a good man, a fine man, and, unknown to nearly everyone, a dying man-barely kept alive by machines in a very private hospital.

High-powered Washington attorney Jerry Green
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 15th 1999 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1982)
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This was the first book that I read from this author and was a little skeptical at first, but with time, his style grew on me. There was a lot of plot development and I found myself really getting into the characters. A little language here and there but it was more for the development of the character and wasn't present through most of the book when it wasn't needed (as if it really is needed). This guy can give Grisham a run for his money.
This was a fairly interesting book. The premise was intriguing--choosing a lawyer whose father had been a professor at a college in Michigan to go check out the dean of the law school for a nomination to the Supreme Court. In the course of doing this, he has a meeting with his brother, also a professor there, and meets a former girlfriend, now widowed. Is the dean an actual sleaze? Does it matter that his wife is having an affair with a faculty member? Does he want to move back to Michigan from ...more
Really like the way Mr. Coughlin weaves a mystery. This one is all about the Supreme Court and selecting a person to replace a man who was the swing vote.
This author died last year or the year before. His wife published his last book after he died. Then this one appeared. The copyright notice appears to imply that an earlier version was published in 1982 but there are some things in the book that lead me to believe someone rewrote this. Strange. The story is about a Supreme Court justice who dies and the selection of a replacement. It's not great but the story kind of hangs together with some interesting characters.
Sep 08, 2007 Alicia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
This book bored me and I only kept reading because I hoped for something interesting and then I just had to know the end. But now that I've finished it I am highly disappointed as there IS no real conclusion! The store plods along...soooo, slooowly and then, ta-da! it's over. I actually checked to see if there was anything else, but nope, no such luck. Talk about anti-climatic!
I love novels about the law the especially about the court system and the supreme court. While I finally got through it, I was very displeased with the ending, as well as, the writing was not the best. I definitely wanted more from this author, but never got it, and kept reading to think I woudl.
This book started fast and then became bogged down with several different story lines with no conclusion to any of them. I am sure that the procedures of how the courts and how the judges are selected are pretty accurate, and if so, it is ugly.
a poor imitiation of Grisham (when Grisham was still writing good stuff)
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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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