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Das Gift Der Macht
Robert Dugoni
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Das Gift Der Macht (David Sloane #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  907 ratings  ·  126 reviews
In a courtroom, David Sloane can grab a jury and make it dance. He can read jurors' expressions, feel their emotions, know their thoughts. With this remarkable ability, Sloane gets juries to believe the unbelievable, excuse the inexcusable, and return the most astonishing verdicts. The only barrier to Sloane's professional success is his conscience-until he gets a call fro ...more
Published 2007 by Goldmann (first published 2006)
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It took me a while in the beginning to keep everyone sorted out, but this was a very interesting book. The title leads you to believe it has something to do with the legal profession, but this is really a political thriller, involving Mexico for a change. I liked David Sloane and look forward to seeing where Robert Dugoni takes him in future books.
"The Jury Master" by Robert Dugoni is Robert's first novel.I have read "Murder One", "Wrongful Death" and will soon read "Bodily Harm".Of all his books that I have read so far, this is my favourite.This was an amazing powerful action-packed political thriller.I stayed up until the wee hours to finish this book. I couldn't put it down.

David Sloane is a highly successful defense attorney who suffers from migraines and a gruesome recurring nightmare. Joe Branick is a personal friend of the Presiden
Feb 20, 2013 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Political thriller fans
I enjoy Dugoni's books when I come across one but I wouldn't call myself a fan. This, his first, may be, IMHO, his best.

David Sloane, a highly successful defense attorney, is beset by nightmares and migraines and doesn't know why. He also draws a blank when he tries to remember anything of his childhood. The title refers to Sloane's ability to sway a jury with skills he has, does not understand but knows has something to do with his upbringing.

When Joe Branick, a personal friend of the Presiden
Billed as a stunning debut and legal thriller, this book is neither. It is filled with caricatures - highly successful attorney, (and an ex-marine), with a near genius IQ; his girl Friday, a young attractive single mother with a heart of gold; street wise, sarcastic yet tenacious homicide detective; an ex-CIA agent who lives as a hermit; and self-important, over-zealous political types, (there are more but I won't belabor the point), - all involved in a predictable plot which degenerates into a ...more
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING, October 28, 2006

This review is from: The Jury Master (Hardcover)

I was looking for a legal thriller (wouldn't you think with the word "jury" in the title that it would have something to do with that?"
Anyway -- read a couple of chapters. Not worth my time. He doesn't compare to the good thriller writers out there.
I guess I figured with a man in a lawyerly type suit, a reference to Grisham on the cover, and a title like "The Jury Master" it was a safe assumption that this would be a legal thriller.

Not so much.

Much more an international intrigue thing combined with a "what is the mystery secret of the past that links the seemingly disparate elements?" type of deal. Fine for a story, but nothing like what I expected.

I was more interested in the side character of Detective "Mole" Molia than I was with the ma
Barbara McGrath
The Jury Master

This story was the Best of all the David Sloane novels.
My only regret is that I did not read The Jury Master pry to reading the other stories.
But it does not really matter. What order the novels are read.
I cried my eyes out throughout this novel. I loved this story.
I was starting to believe Mr. Dugoni's had given David some type of angelic (or God ) like powers. Lol ( laugh out loud ).
The ending was good. Where Sloane was discussing with the President why he should resign. Without

I'm so happy to have discovered Robert Dugoni. That's how I put it ("discovered") when I read a book by an author I was unfamiliar with and do not expect to love it but do. That's what happened when I read Dugoni's latest (then) in his David Sloane series. I was so happy to learn that was a series and there were more. So I read another and, now, another. This one, THE JURY MASTER, is, I believe, the first in the series. And I love it, too, all but the end, that is.

Sloane is a man with with no fa
How fast I get through a book is a pretty good gauge of how good a book is. The ones that don't work seem to take forever, both figuratively and literally. The good ones fly by. I just blew through this one in a week, and that's not a mean feat for a novel of 450 pages that only gets picked up at bedtime.

I have to give the author high marks for keeping things interesting and keeping the action coming. He uses every trick available to invest the reader in the characters and keep them turning page
THE JURY MASTER (Political Suspense-US-Cont) – G+
Dugoni, Robert – 1st novel
Warner Books, 2006- Hardcover
David Sloane is a highly successful defense attorney who suffers from migraines and a gruesome recurring nightmare. Joe Branick is a personal friend of the President of the United States who is found dead in a national park by apparent suicide. Retired CIA agent Charlie Jenkins is living quietly in Oregon until a file from Branick is delivered to him. Before he died, Branick also left two phon
Carol  MacInnis
Joe Branick is special assistant to the President of the U.S. and has been a personal close friend of his for many years. Now he has been found dead of an apparent suicide. Those who knew Joe did not think this was possible with Joe's personal ethics and his close ties to family and his community. David Sloane is a defense attorney who never loses a case. It's a gift that not even David can understand, but one that wins him case after case with his mesmerizing 'gift of gab' at his closing argume ...more
Robert Dugoni was totally charming when I met him at the Murder in the Magic City conference. He was one of the featured speakers and entertained with his beginnings as an author. And here is one of his first... Amazing! Indepth characters, believable and exciting plot twists, and great writing in general. Hard to believe that he wrote this at the start of his career. I'll be definitely reading more of his books.
The premise of the book isn't particularly novel, but the book is incredibly intriguing. I read the book because the author is a friend of a friend. I've been fascinated by the idea of writing for a long time, so anytime I know anyone (however many degrees separated we are), I try to read their work.

I was a bit skeptical at first, but Robert Dugoni quickly made me forget any ideas I had about his inability to tell a story. The book is fantastic. As someone who's practiced law, reading about it
You can tell this is a first novel. It has some plot holes that keep it from being great but it's still a good book. I'm not going to write a plot summary since so many have already did that. I agree with others that the title is a little misleading. I picked it up thinking it was a legal drama but then it turned into a political thriller which is fine with me since I love those books. I think Mr. Dugoni will keep getting better and better. I enjoyed his use of flashbacks to help reveal the stor ...more
Carol Turznik
Normally I love reading Robert Dugoni books. Up to this point, I think I have read 4-5 others, but for some reason this one didn't do it for me. I got really confused in the beginning with all the characters and couldn't really keep them straight in my head. I thought perhaps this might rectify itself as I got further into the book, but unfortunately, it did not. I caught the general gist of the novel, but in my opinion Mr. Dugoni wrote other novels much better than this one.
This book was not the greatest of books I've ever read. However, I do have to mention that its not my usual style of reading- not the type of book I would normally read. I picked this copy up in the breakroom at work, where there is a bookshelf that my coworkers place books they are done with and have a little "book exchange" if you will. Most of the books are romance novels and mysteries. Two types of books that I almost never read. But, I was in between classics, and bored during lunch. So, I ...more
Rosita Sanchez
Robert Dugoni is A Master of Words

This book is hard to put down. This author makes you feel like you are a part of the story. I felt each word as if I were a character In the story. I am looking forward to reading his next book eagerly.
Michael crage
This was a great book. It even had what was a new story plot (at least to me). This writer is different than any other I know. Just because Dugoni wrote a book does not mean I will like it, unlike many other such as Patterson and Cusler.
David Sloane is a skillful lawyer, who always seems to be able to convince the jury to see things his way. His life as a lawyer is interrupted when he gets a mysterious message and package from Washington. It seems to have something to do with a former advisor to the president who has recently turned up dead. David embarks on a quest to find out what is going on and why people are trying to kill him, and along the way discovers that the nightmares of his childhood could really be memories of an ...more
it was fine

I really didn't love this book. It was hard to follow and jumped around a lot. But every time I tried to stop reading it I eventually went back. I had to give it 3 stars because of that.
Found a new favorite author

Th ok s st poo Rhoda grabbed me right from the beginning. Well written, kept me on the edge the whole time. Can't wait to start the next one.
Erin Bleek
Robert Dugoni's debut novel carries on the tradition of Scott Turow and Stephen L. Carter as it introduces one of the boldest and most entertaining voices writing legal thrillers today. Attorney David Sloane is beginning to suspect that his professional success stems not from extraordinary legal skills, but a rare gift that allows him to influence, and even control a jury's decisions. Teaming up with a former CIA agent turned recluse and a West Virginia police detective, Sloane will try to solve ...more
Excellent read!

Kept me engaged to the very end. Loved the suspense & twists & turns. I highly recommend this author. Now a new favorite for me!
Michele Layacan
Awesome story

I'm glad Robert Dugoni has written several books! I started with this great story and I plan to read them all! Highly recommended!
Robert Dugoni has a talent for keeping the suspense high. A total page turner, and I cared about the characters, too! Looking forward to reading the next one.
I enjoyed this book, though it wasn't anything super thrilling. Most of the suspense laid in a chapter cliffhanger, then moving on to another character so you have to wait a chapter or more to find out what happened. I also wasn't real thrilled with the "all wrapped up in a neat bow" epilogue. Sometimes a book can just end after the climax and that's ok. The book was leading towards what he wrote anyway.
What I did enjoy was the political intrigue and conspiracies that was most of the plot. I'm
Very suspenseful and an unexpected ending. A very enjoyable and satisfying read. I highly recommend to those who enjoy action, suspense, and mystery.
I have been in a major reading slump. Couldn't find anything compelling and not really interested in reading for months… until I picked this up. Wow. David Sloane is a highly successful defense attorney. And then one day he gets a call from the Special Assistant to the President of the United States. But, he wasn't in. The guy left a message. And then went to a park in Washington, D.C. and shot himself in the head. The first time David Sloane ever heard of this guy was when he read about his sui ...more
Kevin Bresnahan
The title is a misnomer, but the novel sure isn't. This is an excellent first novel by Dugoni. A Presidential aide is found dead. David Sloane, a San Francisco lawyer, is targeted, but there is no connection on the surface. The murder is ruled a suicide, yet the White House commands to cover the investigation. Why? One would think how this can intertwine, yet Dugoni makes it not only work, yet believable. If you wanted a legal thriller, this isn't it. However, if you wanted a great thriller with ...more
I was introduced to Robert Dugoni's books about 6 weeks ago and have now read ALL of his fiction books (except the most recent which I've bought but haven't finished yet). I typically like to start with an author's first book - hence "The Jury Master" - in case the author decides to repeat a character. Glad I did because David Sloane has appeared in subsequent books. Having lived in the San Francisco Bay area for a number of years, it was great to relate to the places mentioned in the book. Mr. ...more
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Robert Dugoni is the New York Times and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of My Sister's Grave and The David Sloane Series. He has published 8 novels, an expose, The Cyanide Canary, and the short prequel The Academy.
Robert was born in Pocatello, Idaho and raised in Burlingame, California. Growing up the middle child in a family of ten siblings, Dugoni jokes that he didn't get much of a chance to talk,
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Other Books in the Series

David Sloane (5 books)
  • Wrongful Death (David Sloane, #2)
  • Bodily Harm (David Sloane, #3)
  • Murder One (David Sloane, #4)
  • The Conviction (David Sloane, #5)
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