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Supreme Justice

(Reeder and Rogers #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  7,151 ratings  ·  502 reviews

After taking a bullet for his commander-in-chief, Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder is a hero. But his outspoken criticism of the president he saved—who had stacked the Supreme Court with hard-right justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, amp up the Patriot Act, and shred the First Amendment—put Reeder at odds with the Service’s apolitical nature, making him an outcast.

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Paperback, 319 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Thomas & Mercer
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Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins

This book was my June Kindle First read. The reason I picked this one was because I've always been a Max Allan Collins fan. The timing of the unfortunate Supreme Court decision a couple of weeks ago had nothing to do with my choice. However, I did notice Amazon taking full advantage of the subject matter by heavily promoting it recently.
Sadly, this book just was not up to Collins' usual standards in my opinion. Slightly preachy, a lot dull and boring with the
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Reeder is a former Secret Service agent who took a bullet for the president, a man whom he didn't respect and whose conservative politics he did not like in Max Allan Collins' political thriller Supreme Justice. His politics put him at odds with his superiors and coworkers, and he compared himself to Pete Rose, who didn't get into baseball's Hall of Fame due to his gambling, saying that, like Rose, "he accomplished great things, but would spend eternity on the outside."

Reeder now owns a p
Jul 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty good story, ruined by the author's assumption that everyone shares his political viewpoint.
It is one thing to put an attitude or political philosophy in the words and mind of a character, but when such infuses the narrative and is clearly the author's then it gets in the way. Or at worse just aggravates the reader.

Second fault is the casual prose which too many of today's authors adopt. The use of contractions has no place in serious writing or even the text of garden variety p
3.5 stars

Supreme Justice is a good overall suspense mystery. Some dialog is kind of hokey and a somewhat predictable plot. The audio book is overall okay. The narrator had too deep of a voice to do female voices effectively.

This tale of Supreme Court Justices being assassinated started off pretty interesting but the plot got more shallow as the story progressed. Joe Reeder is kind of a Jack Reacher clone. The book even has a similar tone as the Reacher books. Rogers is a great character albeit a
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Max Allan Collins once again delivers a thriller that doesn't let go once it sucks you in.

A Supreme Court justice is killed. It looks like a bungled robbery, but former Secret Service agent Joe Reeder spots something in the security tapes that tells him it was an assassination. He's an expert at kinesics, reading body language, and that ability gets him invited as a consultant on the investigation.

Reeder once took a bullet aimed for a President he didn't like and voicing that opinion caused his
Jim A
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty decent novel with a premise that would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Someone has assassinated two justices of the Supreme Court. The purpose is to realign the court into a more liberal stance.

Joe Reeder, an former Secret Service agent who took a bullet for a president he despised is asked by the FBI to use his skill at reading people to assist the investigation.

Collins does a pretty good job of mixing up the political views of the characters. He takes aim at the far right wing n
Kathi Defranc
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good thriller

Excellent writing in a story in which a former Secret Security agent is brought into a task force by his friend to help search for the killer of 2 Supreme Court justices. As the agent.,Peeps,closes in on a conspiracy involving someone in the task force itself,his daughter is kidnapped,and he comes to realize his 'friend' is involved. Good storyline,great action,the story keeps you turning to the next page! Excellent book for all mystery/thriller lovers out there,I highly recommend i
Taylor Porter
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Mark Prohaska
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it

I found this story to be smoothly written, exciting, and meaningful.

When I read a story I look at about four broad areas. This is how the story rates, in my opinion, on these four areas:

Writing quality: excellent
Research: very good
Emotional content: good
Thematic content: good

The writing seemed excellent to me. It was very smoothly written and showed the care and experience of a master story teller. The plot, pacing, description, transitions, dialog, character development, and other aspects of wr
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Narrator: Dan John Miller

Warning: bound to upset those with strong political (American) views! I'm not interested in politics nor am I American but I enjoy listening to political thrillers provided they don't spend too much time talking about the politics - which this book does. Still, I found it interesting enough to keep listening, though that's likely due to Dan John Miller's excellent narration. He's great with female voices and his skill at giving differ
Tracy T.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book and great narration by Dan John Miller (audible review).

This was a very good book. I really liked Joe Reeder aka Peep. I like a good mystery, conspiracy story and this was one for sure.

The story line and plot was very good. Who is assassinating the Supreme Court Justices? Joe Reeder found out! I liked that it kept me guessing until the end.

I won't give any spoilers but this was a good one, I liked the writing and the story flowed very well it didn't get confusing at all, it was f
Debbie Oxier
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I really enjoyed this book, especially the main character. I decided to look up the author and see if there were any other books with Joe Reeder as the lead. Sadly there weren't. What I discovered was that the author had been catching a lot of flac from conservatives saying the book was too liberal and written with a liberal political slant in mind. I didn't see it that way. Yes, the main character was a liberal and the Supreme Court justices killed were conservative, but I didn't read this for ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2017
Supreme Court Justice Henry Venter is killed in what appears to be a robbery gone wrong and a multi-agency taskforce is established to track down those responsible. Asked to review footage from the attack, former Secret Service agent and kinesics expert Joe Reeder sees something noone else has noticed: The robbery was nothing but a smokescreen, rather than collateral damage, Justice Venter was the target of an assassination. By special request from the FBI's Assistant Director, Reeder is added t ...more
Trish R.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Don’t ask me why I read book three of this series then went back to one. Just goofy, I guess. However, I don’t think I really missed anything important so they can all be stand-alone stories.

This one was about Reeder and how he first met Patti but that’s about all that was different. Miggie and Fisk were in this one too but that’s all. There was Sloan, Cribbs and Eaton, and Nicky Blount from book 3 made and appearance. It was about a conspiracy to kill Chief Justices of the United States, and th
Jun 01, 2014 added it
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Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins is a political thriller set a decade into the future. The hard-right justices of the Supreme Court have taken a hard right turn. Some earlier landmark judgments have been reversed, the most significant being Roe v. Wade. The justices have allowed prayer back in schools. Murmur of discontent is brewing in certain quarters.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Henry Venter, who successfully spearheaded the efforts, along with other government officials is out eating
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A perfectly serviceable thriller, clumsy at times (particularly the "twist" -- a term I use lightly in this book), but I'd honestly pick up a 2nd book with the protagonist, especially if his partner got a bit more time to develop.

Some POV issues, but he mostly avoids the Dan Brown curse of short sentences and overly detailed BS we don't need. There is this AWFUL question right after the reveal of the big bad: "Had (view spoiler)
Jessica Kayuha
I received this book for free through the Kindle First program.

I'm glad I'm not in an Indiana Jones movie. Because for the months of May & June, I chose poorly with my Kindle First books.

This one didn't irk me as much as my May choice, but it isn't on my re-read list either. The entire concept of the book was pretty unrealistic and unoriginal--both forgivable with above average characters and prose. Unfortunately, neither of those are in this book.

The politics were nauseatingly in your face
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This mystery was well written, a story that really pulled you in, had quite a number of twist and turns to really make you think. Killing Supreme Court justices to tip the balance to one political side is very intriguing. I enjoyed getting to know the characters as well. I feel like there might be a sequel to develop Joe and Patti even more. However, the pushing of a political message was irritating. There were numerous subtle jabs towards conservatives that weren't necessary. Even the initials ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've watched his works, but this is the first book he authored that I've read. If what I'll write for the remainder of this review won't make sense or if you won't bother to read, then know that he is one author I'd be following from now on.

Justices were being murdered. There is a conspiracy, and the brains behind it are always steps ahead of the government task force. In the end, it would come down to who'll survive to tell: the truth or the cover up. As with things government, I had to reread
Couldn't make it past chapter 8. It was predictable. For example, chapter eight starts out with a judge and his wife jogging. It was so obvious that he was going to get shot. And sure enough he was. The characters were annoying. Like the setting up of a romance between the FBI agent and the black sheep ex-agent. So obvious, although I didn't get that far in the book, so I might be full of you-know-what here. Also the reason given for the loss of popularity of the main character with his fellow a ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you are as prolific as this author is, there is sure to be significant dross. This is not in that category but rather is a really good read with engaging characters and a great plot. It seems a shame that Collins has only written two books in this series (Perhaps he forgot to write further installments?).
Cecilia E. Dutton

suspense packed, loved the quotes at the beginning of the chapters. great reading, good plot twist, really enjoyed reading this author for the first time look forward to reading more of his work!
Dustin Hermon
My first legal thriller, per se, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. A quick and satisfying read.
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder should be a hero after taking a bullet for his neo—conservative commander-in-chief, but his outspoken criticism of the president he saved made him a pariah in the Service and short-circuited both his career and his marriage. After conservative Supreme Court Justice Henry Venter is killed in what appears to be a robbery gone wrong, Reeder – a body language expert whose skills
Mai-Lan Hanley
Some good, some not so good

I don't know where to start with this one! I actually started with the second book of this series and was feeling a title uneasy about the tone of the author's narrative. As a writer of fiction of course, the author is in full control of the story line. He can put impossible obstacles in the path of his hero simply to give equally impossible solutions that no normal human would be able to conjure up. The basic story line was good and kept me guessing about what he woul
Nancy Silk
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Proof Of Conspiracy"

In this political thriller, former Secret Service agent Joseph "Peep" Reeder had once taken a bullet to protect the president. He was too critical of the president who had stacked the Supreme Court, and Peep became too outspoken and thus shunned. He left the Secret Service and formed his own security business. FBI Agent Patti Rogers has found herself paired with unpopular Reeder on a special investigative team where Reeder was added more as a consultant because of his unique
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, series
Ugh. Predictable plot using a tired formula: retired cop with patrician good looks and above average reasoning skills brought in as 'special' agent to work an investigation with a less seasoned but perfectly attractive female detective. This being the first book in the series the two detectives are getting to know each other (both are single, of course) and thankfully in this book the gratuitous sex between them has yet to occur. This being a story involving the Supreme Court and centered in DC, ...more
The 1st in the Reeder/Rogers series...I'm definitely a fan of much of what local favorite Max Allan Collins produces and I am in no way disappointed in this entry into his massive assemblage of titles...I only chaffed at veiled slams against Justice Clarence Thomas & Conservatism that permeate this work...A retired Secret Service hero Joe Reeder is paired with FBI agent Patti Rogers investigate the murders of two Supreme Court justices and discover an intricate plot to change the SCOTUS bala ...more
Our story opens around the year 2030 and a lot of things have changed. Now the author does not come right out and tell us the year, so, at first, these “changes” that the characters are operating under feel confusing and foreign. However, over the first few chapters, Max Allan Collins provides us with enough clues that a bit of simple arithmetic will lead us to the year 2030.

The year, however, is not nearly as important as the societal changes. First, there is no First, as in First Amendment. Fr
Peggy Ford
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloody But Gripping

This book caused me to ignore every thing I should have been doing, as I was anxious to learn what was coming next. Collins kept me intriqued to the end. There is more killing than I prefer, but I'm sure this won't be the only Co!!ins book I'll read.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2006.

He has also published under the name Patrick Culhane. He and his wife, Barbara Collins, have written several books together. Some of them are published under the name Barbara Allan.

Book Awards
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1984) : True Detective
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1992) : Stolen Away
Shamus Awards Best Novel nom

Other books in the series

Reeder and Rogers (3 books)
  • Fate of the Union (Reeder and Rogers #2)
  • Executive Order (Reeder and Rogers, #3)
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