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The Juror

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  4,614 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Annie Laird is Juror 224. A sculptor with a career going nowhere. A single mother struggling to raise a son. A good citizen who has been summoned to what looks like a rountine tour of civic duty. But the trial she is called to serve on is no ordinary trial. It is a mob trial, whose outcome has been meticulously orchestrated by a man of insidious power and deadly precision. ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 24th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1995)
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Single mother, struggling sculptor, and newly selected juror Annie Laird doesn't realize her danger when she agrees to participate in the murder trial of mob boss Louie Buffano. This changes quickly enough when Annie meets "the Teacher," a handsome, dangerous and volatile member of Buffano's familia. The Teacher makes it immediately apparent that if she agrees to cooperate, he can help make her career. If she refuses to do so, her life and that of her son may be forfeit. The tension ris
Yawn. So very clichéed psychokiller, trite and predictable. Artist who hates her day job decides to volunteer for jury duty on a mob murder trial. Mob boss sends his cleaner to threaten her if she doesn't deliver not just a hung jury but an entire not guilty jury verdict. Cleaner is a psychopath stalker who becomes obsessed with his target, because don't all professional hitmen and sociopaths fall in love with their victims and then kill everyone the victim loves in order to prove their psycholo ...more
Robert Beveridge
George Dawes Green, The Juror (Warner, 1995)

George Dawes Green wrote The Caveman's Valentine, which netted him the Edgar. He then followed it up with the euqally acclaimed The Juror, and proceeded to drop off the face of the earth, foiling a carefully-plotted career as a bestselling mystery novelist. Go figure. Based on the quality of his first two books, a whole lot of folks wish he'd come back.

Green's second novel introduces us to The Teacher, a part-time mob enforcer, Taoist, and grower of ra
I really enjoyed George Dawes Green’s first novel, The Caveman’s Valentine. If anything, his second novel, the unfortunately titled The Juror is even better. Despite the poor title, which makes it sound like a John Grisham knock-off, The Juror is a suspenseful, enjoyable, adventurous novel. It tells the story of Annie Laird, an artist and single mom, trying to do her civic duty by serving on the jury of a murder trial. Unfortunately, she gets targeted by the mob as the juror to tamper with in or ...more
Camilo Guerra
Una madre soltera que se enfrenta a la mafia y a un asesor de los mismos el cual es muy inteligente y esta loco como una cabra ( si, las cabras están locas).

Al principio me costo que la protagonista me importara , era muy tontica, muy ingenua pero mientras las paginas avanzaban la historia era mejor, mas fuerte, mas dura y la mujer empieza a actuar mejor, los secundarios cumplen, desde la doctora al detective aunque el villano, el profesor es quien se lleva las palmas y es un personaje que en s
Wendy Hines
Annie Laird is Juror 224. A good citizen who has been summoned to what looks like a routine tour of civic duty. But the trial she is called to serve on is a mob trial, whose outcome has been meticulously orchestrated by a man of insidious power and deadly precision. THE JUROR is a tour de force of crime and obsession, evil and innocence -- a story that taps into fears so primal they linger long after the last page has been read.

Lolita Davidovich is the voice of Annie and Oliver. Her innocent, so
Caroline James
Loved this book. Slow to start and wasn't sure if I would stick with it, then got completely hooked. Brilliant, page turning and couldn't put down. Since heard about the film which can only conclude let the writing down as this is a truly superb read.
Tantri Setyorini
Ceritanya seru banget. Meskipun Sang Guru yang punya banyak identitas dan berjiwa sakit ini antihero banget, tapi malah suka aja baca tentang dia. Rasanya kayak gimana simpatiku sama Tom Ripley di Talented Mr. Ripley. Obsesi sakitnya Sang Guru terhadap Annie juga malah menciptakan chemistry. Tapi ya memang sudah bisa ditebak dan sudah sepantasnya, kalau antagonis di novel suspense itu memang harus berakhir mati. Pokoknya seru banget. Sayang terjemahannya nggak terlaluluwes. Mungkin lebih enak ka ...more
Ellen Oberkotter
Wow, this one was scary. Too bad the movie failed, but the story really requires the written word to bring it all across. Had trouble leaving it to spend time in real life - that's a good sign that the author knows his stuff.
Novel ini saya baca ketika saya mendapat tugas membuat resensi buku dari guru bahasa Indonesia ketika SMA.
DEskripsi yang digambarkan sang tokoh sungguh menarik, apalagi ketika proses persidangan terjadi. Tokoh wanita di buku ini digambarkan cerdas, enerjik dan menjunjung tinggi kebenaran. Meski tidak luput dari masalah yang pelik. Memang, ada beberapa plot cerita dengan alur dewasa yang menjadi "bumbu" di novel ini. Namun tidak mengurangi ketegangannya.
Menurut hemat saya, novel ini trmasuk ok
Srinath Narayanan
A brilliant read through and through. Couldn't rest in peace till I finished the book! A must read book!
Never read this author before, but not a bad tale if a little gritty. Mafia head on trial and a mysterious man is orchetrating the suborning of a jury member by threating her son and friends if she dosen't go for not guilty. This person, "The Teacher" has a very persuasive way about him as well as being quite deadly and rather detached from normal. The mafiosa is aquited, but the juror is still in fear for her life and her son's life when the police get wind of the jury tampering. She tries to e ...more
Eric Gittins
A bit raw. Not my usual type of book however it was in my book case so I read it.
Ron King
An easy read for a lazy day! It won't capture you, but it isn't bad entertainment!
George Dawes Green may be something of a misogynist, at least it seems so in some of the scenes he writes that are pornographic and add nothing to the storyline. He doesn’t treat the main character, Annie Laird, well either. This book isn’t entirely plausible, in fact a lot of it isn’t plausible. To illustrate the point, someone is sketching the jurors in a high profile trial. The juror’s identity is to remain secret, no one would be allowed to sketch them. I bought this book at a sale to raise ...more
Darlene Schara
Loved the book. The movie sucked! I'm glad I read it first.
Mike Doyle
Long slow read. Plot jumped around too often.
Jackie Keating
Left me thinking "wtf did I just read?"
Not quite as good as Caveman, but good
written as for a movie
Eh, it was just okay. Green's later novel "Ravens" is by far the better book. This one is a page-turner, to be sure, but it just felt so unbelievable, and the ending was abrupt and weird. Not to mention the fact that Annie Laird is one of the most unlikable and unsympathetic heroines I've ever read. I'm being fairly generous giving it three stars. I know Green is capable of better; maybe I'll search out "The Caveman's Valentine." Maybe. Someday.
J. Ewbank
This is a powerful book that Green has written. You know the characters and they are not all good characters. The main character falls into a diffcult spot and the whole book is related to her efforts to extracate herself from it. Will not tell the story, that is for othrs but it is a very good read. Any mystery buff will really enjoy this one.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" ad "Wesley's Wars"
Creepy, well written, good twists and turns ... a real page turner.

This is the lengths that the Mafia will go to to ensure a not-guilty verdict on someone who everybody knows did it, except maybe the harrassed single-parent lead character who they target to throw the jury their way. Stuck between a rock and a hard place when they threaten her son, ti's about the choices we make in impossible situations.

Thoroughly enjoyable!
Annie is a single mom with one son. She's a struggling artist forced to do data entry to keep food on the table when she's chosen for Jury Duty and winds up on the jury panel of a mafia murder trial in which she's told to say only two words that will ensure her success as an artist and her son alive..."not guilty". An intricate plot is taken to the next level when Annie declares war on her tormentor.
Pam Rivera
I "read" the audiobook and I think it may have been abridged as at times I felt like I was perhaps missing some pieces of the story. I found it hard to relate to the narrator's voice at first and didn't initially enjoy listening to the book at all.

I ended up liking the story itself but perhaps I'd enjoy the actual printed book version better.
Nicole Overmoyer
I don't know if I would've liked this book if the chapters weren't occasionally just a page and half long. It kept things moving and it kept things interesting. Definitely a book that makes you think about what you'd do if you were that juror.

It also makes me happy the one time I was on a jury was nothing compared to this.
This audiobook was abridged, and a very quick listen. Only three disks long, I got through it in two workdays. I thought that Lolita Davidovich and John Heard both did great jobs at narrating, and it was nice for a change having a woman to narrate a woman and a man to narrate a man.

Nice, quick story.
Tantri Setyorini
Menurutku buku ini bagus banget. Aku suka dua tokoh utamanya, Annie si single mom yang naif tapi kuat dan Sang Guru, si antagonis yang entah kenapa pikiran 'sakit'nya justru bikin dia menarik. Aku suka thriller-nya.
Aku pingin lihat filmnya juga, tapi review-nya jelek banget jadi agak ragu-ragu.
Erin O'Toole
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for some time now. It looked like it had promise, and it did in the beginning. I feel like it could had been half as long and still contained the same story line. The characters were predicable and I couldn't wait for it to end.
Not so great. I wanted to quit reading this book but I forced myself to persist. The storyline isn't bad (the mafia threatening a woman's son with death unless the jury that she is sitting on returns a 'not guilty' verdict) but I wasn't a fan of the sloppy writing style.
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George Dawes Green is a highly acclaimed novelist and poet. He currently divides his time between Georgia and New York.
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