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Trial Junkies

(Trial Junkies #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  670 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Ethan "Hutch" Hutchinson hasn't seen his old college pals for nearly a decade. Now fate has brought them together again as one of the gang is put on trial for a brutal, senseless murder. The Chicago police and prosecutor think they have their perp, but Hutch isn't about to sit silently in a courtroom as someone he cares about is wrongfully convicted.

When Hutch and his frie
Kindle Edition, 375 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Penname Press/Braun Haus Media
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May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Before you start reading Trial Junkies by Robert Gregory Browne, I want to offer you some advice.

Let the dog out. Put the kids to bed. Give your spouse-ish a snack and the remote. Turn off your phone. Shut down the laptop. Do not answer the door.

Ignore everything in your life that needs to be done.

Once you read the first line of Chapter One, you will forget everything else anyway. You might as well prepare for it.

When Robert B. Parker passed away, I lost my favorite crime writer.

I have been in a
MK Wachter
Jun 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
I got this book free on my Kindle. I'm so glad I didn't pay for it. A review that I read on Amazon said that it was like John Grisham meets The Big Chill. That sounded interesting, so I gave it a try. Very disappointed. I wanted to stop reading it several times, but I kept with it. Predictable plot. Unrealistic dialogue between characters. Undeveloped characters. I read a lot of legal thrillers and this was nothing special. I do not recommend this book. ...more
Janie Hunter
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Robert Gregory Browne's Trial Junkies catapults you into the very essence of what is means to be "guilty by public opinion." Things and people are not always what they seem. Cops and lawyers are not always on the side of justice. Just when you think you have this case solved the author takes you careening down a road with so many curves you will be questioning everyone's actions. This book is a thrill ride you don't want to miss. You will finish it and start looking for the sequel. I would give ...more
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was looking for a great new legal thriller. This wasn't it. The first part of the book is called "The gang's all here" - and it certainly was - the murder of a successful woman, the reunion of her friends at the funeral, the charging of one of them with her murder, incompetent police, and a heavily signalled "surprise" twist....not really worth the time. ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Three stars--one for each Part that I enjoyed (there were four total). This book is an easy read -- it took me two evenings after work to complete. It's also a compelling read, right up until Part Four, when the story goes completely off the rails and begins to feel like a very poorly executed Jigsaw trap from the infamous Saw movies, sans most of the gore. After reading the reviews on Amazon and the book sample, I had high hopes and perhaps that's why I'm so let down. However, in spite of feeli ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I downloaded this for free when I decided to give ebooks a try. (On an unrelated note, I still very much prefer paper - so far, at any rate).

I'm not entirely sure I would class this book as a mystery as there really wasn't that much of a mystery involved. Of course you don't know who killed Jenny, but the plot focused more on the fallibility of our justice system than on revealing and following clues. I suppose the ending is meant to surprise you, but to me it felt like a sloppy finish. However,
Giovanni Gelati
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read a few other novels by the author and really groove on his style and substance. "Trial Junkies" is a fun,quick, character driven read that drew me in from the first page. The cast of characters is worth the coin, the novel will leave a blister on your finger from "turning" the pages, the smile on your face will say the rest. I am looking forward to the next already. ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book had its good moments but overall I found it predictable and too abrupt when it came to emotions about characters and changing of the minds of who done it. I put it aside to start another book before I finished it so you know it could have been better.
Laury Pontier
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a page turner,well-written and plotted story with several unusual twists and turns.
Tim Busbey
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The quote on the cover of Robert Browne’s new book Trial Junkies says, “A mystery I dare you to solve.” Well, I always love a challenge, especially when it comes to solving a mystery.

Whenever I watch shows like “Monk” or “Psych,” I always try to solve the mystery before the grand reveal at the end of the show. I’ve watched enough of these shows by this point in my life that I often have figured out the culprit halfway through the show. So with that in mind, I eagerly started Browne’s new self-pu
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it

What draws a person to pick up a particular book? Is it an eye catching or intriguing cover? Is it a famous author's name that everyone knows? Or is it the opening line or chapter of a book? An unusual cover will usually cause me to stop & pick a book up or perhaps the brief synopsis of the story might cause me to stop & ponder if it's something I want to read. But truth be told, the first few lines of a book will "make it or break it" for me. If I can't be hooked from the beginning, I know I us
Michael Sherer
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
TRIAL JUNKIES is a pulse-pounding read that’s part courtroom drama and part traditional thriller. Ethan “Hutch” Hutchinson, a washed-up TV and screen actor looking for some sort of meaning in his life, returns to his Chicago roots for the funeral of a woman he once loved. When another college friend is arrested for her savage murder, Hutch gets his shot at redemption. The evidence points to his friend Veronica, and though at first Hutch believes she’s guilty, eventually he changes his mind. As h ...more
Selena Robins
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Trial Junkies is a well-crafted, tightly written, gripping mystery, thriller with enough intelligent twists to keep you riveted to the book until the last page, and then make you wish the book hadn’t ended.

Robert Gregory Browne does an excellent job, keeping the mystery and suspense elements sprinkled throughout the whole book. The dialogue is snappy and moves the story along at an exceptional pace. The chemistry and dynamics between the characters are believable and entertaining. The author’s m
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining and fairly quick mystery read. I liked the dialogue with the characters and I liked the sharp narrative. It was borderline "thriller" for me as there wasn't much thrilling in it until nearer the end. I figured the group's suspected perpetrator was a red herring, I had some other characters in mind, yet I think in the back of my mind I suspected the real mastermind. I would like to see more about the other characters in subsequent books. One plot point that just didn't do ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
The hero, a thirty something almost was Hollywood Actor, returns to Chicago for the funeral of his college love who was brutally murdered. He links up with old college friends and rekindles their relationships when, following the funeral, one, a woman, is arrested for the murder. He attends the trial daily, from the time of jury selection to its culmination and learns a lot about the crime and those involved no matter how loosely. The plot runs through it quite well. He generally uses his past e ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really got into this book by Robert Gregory Browne. When I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to it. I loved the Chicago setting and I found that I came to really care about the characters quickly.

I have to admit that I was a tad let down by the way the serial killer path went, but it was minor. I didn't see the solution coming. The fact that I kept wanting to get back to the book coupled with the fact that it kept me thinking about the story and the characters even after I finish
Debra Chapoton
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
At first I thought this was somebody's really good self-published novel because I got it free on Kindle and there were a dozen or so errors a professional editor would have caught. But no, this is a traditionally published work and despite the grammar goofs Trial Junkies is a well-written who-done-it with characters you can invest in, a believable plot, and didn't-see-that-coming twists and turns that are simply genius. Recommended especially if you like mysteries, trials, and really interesting ...more
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
tense, fun, fast-paced legal thriller. You think they've got the answer, but no, it can't be quite so easy... It isn't, and the real answer is way more than you imagined. Well-written, with memorable, well-drawn characters. Not the genre I usually read, but I've already downloaded another more samples from this author. ...more
Kevin Lyash
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book

Classic courtroom drama with many twists....very entertaining! This book kept me reading from the second I downloaded it. Anyone interested in slick, fast-paced, smart thrillers needs to read this one.
Doug Solter
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fantastic courtroom thriller that's entertaining, fast-paced, and surprises you with great twists. I normally hate stories centered around courtroom cases BUT this one held me all the way to the end. Very enjoyable. Well done, Mister Browne! ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it
got this one from the kindle lending library and enjoyed it very much. the author says its the first of a series and i'm already looking forward to the next one. ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Lots of twists and turns, I suspected many before "almost" getting it right. The dialogue is a bit cliche and the author tries to explain the obvious unnecessarily. A fun, quick thriller. ...more
Cheryl Ortiz
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Being a legal secretary I liked the trial aspect and the mystery of the case at hand was very interesting.
Heidi Denver
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Story is predictable. Characters were stereotypical. I didn't find myself in any way rooting for the "good guys". The dialogue was boring and cliche. Didn't like this book much at all. ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I couldn't hardly put this book down and finished it in 2 days. It was a mystery that was not easy to figure out which made it a great read and nail-biter. ...more
Pam Boehmer
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it!!!! The first book in the Trial Junkies series. A legal thriller with a little who done it thrown in. A surprising ending. Can't wait to read the second book!!! ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

This book had me on edge. This is definitely a who done it kind of book. With a surprise ending. A never would have guessed.
Julie Anne
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quick read, nice few twists

Characters are well written; story engaging. Few twists and turns to keep your attention. Looking for good escapism, worth the read.
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it
College roommates… murder after 10 years.
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, I wanted to give the novel only two stars because I really detested the cardboard characters. They were all just too self-centered, good at making bad choices, and superficially developed. Nevertheless, I did read the entire book and I didn't see the twist at the end coming until it was almost on top of me. Good twist, but I'm not really sure one should spend the hours on the book for ten minutes of pleasure at the end. ...more
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An ITW Thriller Award nominated novelist, Robert Gregory Browne believes his mission as a writer is to grab hold of you and keep you captive on the page until he's ready to let you go.

In addition to writing several thrillers, including the bestselling TRIAL JUNKIES series and the FOURTH DIMENSION THRILLERS, Rob composes music, plays the guitar and keyboards and has even been known to sing now and

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