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The Jury Master

(David Sloane #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,958 ratings  ·  417 reviews

"John Grisham, move over...A riveting tale of murder, treachery, and skullduggery at the highest levels." - Seattle Times

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 i
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Popular Library (first published 2006)
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Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

San Francisco attorney David Sloane - a former foster child who has no memory of his early years - has a knack for getting juries to vote his way.

The talented lawyer, plagued by bad dreams and headaches, finds himself in a dangerous situation when Joe Branick - a friend and colleague of the U. S. President - apparently commits suicide in Black Bear National Park in West Virginia.

Before his death Branick, a stranger to Sloane, left the attorney a phone message and sent him a package. U
Mar 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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.

A street wise, sarcastic yet tenacious homicide detective.

An ex-CIA agent who lives as a hermit.

And a bunch of self-important, over-zealous political types, (there are more but I won't belabor the point), - all involved in a predictable plot which degenerate
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Meh.... I’ve read Dugoni’s other series and really enjoyed it. I was expecting similar. I read a blurb suggesting John Grisham move over to make room for this.. NO. It really did not hold my interest, my eyes kept sliding off the page. I felt like I’d read a decent chunk, only for my reading progress to have moved 1 or 2%. This may be shelved as a thriller, but it wasn’t thrilling to me.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Jury Master by Robert Dugoni

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. David Sloane, San Francisco’s most successful wrongful death lawyer, finds out just how true this adage is in Robert Dugoni’s political thriller, The Jury Master. Although the book opens and closes in the courtroom, this is not a legal thriller. Rather, its title character, Sloane, is highly intelligent, persuasive, and able to adapt quickly to changing situations. These traits that serve him so well in court prove
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"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
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was a very fast paced thriller. Although the main character is an attorney that never loses a case and the secondary figure was a dedicated cop, this was not really a legal thriller. Evidence and investigations were eclipsed by unrealistic shoot outs, foot chases, hand-to-hand combat and other pyrotechnics. There was more than enough times when our brilliant, drop-dead hunk of a lawyer who is kind to old ladies and orphans survived despite being out-numbered and/or unarmed before tremendous ...more
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two-haiku review:

Lawyer in danger
He has no idea why
Trying to kill him

Politics, of course
He dreams repressed memories
Exciting story
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-the-us, thriller
Looking forward to more in the series
Jun 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.
Bonnie Murrow
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dugoni-robert, 2016
I forced myself to finish this awful book. Poorly written, confusing in structure, dialog and flow. Some action scenes thrown in to keep the reader from throwing the book off a cliff. One court scene. Honestly, I still don't understand the plot.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
David is a can't lose high power attorney representing a security company. This client hired a guy who raped and murdered a woman that firm was hired to protect. Every sign points to a verdict that his client will have to pay big bucks out to the victim's family.

Meanwhile, a close personal adviser to the President commits suicide in a National Park. Throw in a stubborn homicide detective, a former CIA operative, and a renegade general that's now a high ranking government official, and you have m
John McDonald
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book has literary problems that are not overcome by the exciting, even if puzzling, story the author presents. This 466-page version of the hardcover edition likely would still be too long at 300 pages, but a much shorter version would render a more exciting story. These problems are the result of headstrong writer prevailing over an editor about how necessary each word on every one of those pages was crucial to telling the story, when in fact some of the problems on display in this book co ...more
Aug 14, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Still don't care for the hopping all over but like it overall a little better than the first time. 3 stars rather than 2 and plan to listen to another installment.

Narrator: Robertson Dean

Boring and meandering all over the place. The hopping back and forth from place to place would, ordinarily, be interesting for me but in this book it just added to the chore of trying to follow the story.

It's probably a better book than I think i
William Richardson
A very good book, excellent story with great characters. The pace is very good, at times it goes 100 miles an hour. Looking forward to reading more books by this author.
Attorney David Sloan has won fourteen cases in a row. He has a special way of speaking to juries that makes them pay more attention than usual. But don't expect this to be a legal thriller or set in a courtroom beyond the first few pages. David suffers from migraines and terrible night terrors, but can't seem to remember if they ever happened or if they are truly nightmares or actual events. He seems to share the same nightmare with former CIA agent, Charles Jenkins, who seems familiar but whom ...more
Brian O'Leary
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Good first book, hopefully it improves some on the outlying characters and the pacing as it moves on.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started this expecting it to be a legal thriller with courtroom scenes. Didn't happen. It is, however, a political thriller that I did enjoy. You could even skip some of the political discussions and still enjoy it. I intend to try the next in the serries at some point, still hoping for actual legal thriller stuff. The guy's a trial lawyer, afetr all. The characters were believable and the danger and excitement very real. I like Robert Dugoni"s Tracy Crosswhite series, and so was willing to gi ...more
Amanda McGill
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Hard novel to get into and just didn't hold my attention.

Within the first few chapters, I could tell that this novel wasn't for me. I was struggling to keep all of the characters straight and I had no idea how they all fit together. The middle of the novel had some redeeming qualities that keep my interest. I wanted to know how everything fit. Unfortunately the ending wasn't as satisfying as I wanted it to be.

*Even though the title and the main character suggest that this is a courtroom drama,
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the kind of book you might want to read on an airplane. I'm not sure it holds up if you think hard about it, but the plot moves right along. Many moving pieces that slowly converge. Reminds me a bit of the Da Vinci Code in that regard. And it isn't a legal thriller--very little law in this one. But it's a perfectly serviceable story if you are in the mood for this sort of thing.
Sharon Draper
Can't believe I read the whole thing.

It has potential. There are some shining moments. I stayed with it. The author has potential. But I have a headache from the eye rolls. I did enjoy some characters but the plot was so big it was hard to pull together.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I enjoyed reading author Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite character so I decided to try his other protagonist David Sloane. I thought, "The Jury Master", was going to be a legal thriller starring David Sloane. However it actually an action adventure with some suspense thriller mixed in. Working in San Francisco for the firm of Foster and Bane, Sloane is the top wrongful death attorney in the country. An orphan who lost his parents in a car crash at age six grew up mostly in foster homes. Sloane ...more
Mal Warwick
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
When I read a thriller, I'm looking for several things. I hope the lead will grab me. I count on the author's ability to build tension and suspense steadily throughout the book. I look for settings and circumstances that engage my curiosity. And I expect the characters to bear a reasonable resemblance to credible human beings. Robert Dugoni's novel The Jury Master gets almost all of this right. But it comes up short in one crucial respect: the story's conclusion is simply not believable. This is ...more

August 2018
3.5 Stars - I liked it

I could easily tell that this book was one of Mr. Dugoni's earlier books. The story and writing isn't as polished nor is it as neatly organized as his later Tracy Crosswhite series. That's not to say this book isn't well written or enjoyable, because it is, but it isn't to the same level as his more recent work.

In the beginning, I had to work to keep track of all the characters because there are a lot of them. And there are a lot of POV's. Once the story
Karen Wegman
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Really should give it 3 1/2 stars. I liked the end part of the book more than the beginning. I thought way too many characters but I thought Mr. Dugoni was setting the stage for future books. I like David Sloane. Not so sure about all the killings and carrying on. That is just me. The whole book was so much different than I imagined it would be. I will read the second book in the series and then I will know how "bonded" I am to the David Sloane series.
Hung Nguyen
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I started reading this expecting it could be a legal crime. However, it is not. This is a story about conspiracy and deception in the gouvernment, mixed with fast actions. It reminds me of Deceiption point - Dan Brown, a little bit worse though. So if you like Deceiption point, you would probably like this novel. But so sad to say, it is not my type.
Rhonda B
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh boy!!!First book by Mr Dugoni but already have book two waiting at the library. This book was so hard to put down trying to figure out where each player fit in the game and how it would all come together. "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
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Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, #1 Amazon, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite series: My Sister's Grave, Her Last Breath, In the Clearing, The Trapped Girl and Close to Home, as well as the short prequels The Academy and Third Watch. The police procedural featuring Seattle Homicide Detective Tracy Crosswhite has kept Dugoni in the Amazon top 10 for more than ...more

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“And that was when I came to realize that what is important is not what is true, but what people believe is true and what they’re willing to do for that belief.” 1 likes
“That is some gift you have, Mr. Sloane… what you did to those jurors. I don’t know how you did it, how you convinced them. They didn’t want to believe you. I saw it when they came back. They had their minds made up.” A tear rolled down her cheek; she disregarded it. “Well, consider this, Mr. Sloane. My Emily is dead, and my grandson will never have his mother. That is something you can’t change with your words.” 1 likes
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