A Gambler's Jury
What they’re doing to her client is a crime.
Attorney Dani Rollins is bullish in the courtroom—pushing judges and prosecutors to their limits in defense of the innocent. So when she meets Teddy Thorne, a mentally challenged teen accused of selling drugs, Dani knows she’s got this in the bag. She can easily settle the case with a couple of court appearances. But when prose...more
Over the years read many books written by this author, everyone of them was outstanding. Like this one, you'll think about it for a long time. African-American seventeen years old and mental challenged boy is accused of selling drugs. Police, district attorney and even the judge is ready to convict him. Renegade, hot tempered lawyer isn't even given enough time to prepare for the trail. She lives at the edge, her hard drinking and smoking doesn't help her either. This is a must r ...more
***Release: February 28, 2018***
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher Thomas & Mercer and author Victor Methos for a free advanced reader’s copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Gambler’s jury (def) - a jury with a case where any rational person would acquit, but they might convict because of race
Dani Rollins’ life is in shambles. And surely at the beginning of A Gambler’s Jury one does not have much confidence in her abilities. An alcoholic lawyer who often begin ...more
Dani Rollins was such a great character to read ab ...more
Defense Attorney Dani Rollins wears her emotions on her sleev ...more
Prime members were introduced to the author's "The Neon Lawyer, Brigham Theodore 1" featured in Prime Reading's debut last year.
"Every legal novel I've written is based on a case I actually had." - V.M. His unique writing style and deep legal experience smoothly blend to cut incisively and informatively to the bone and portray realistic plots, sticky binds and a variety of colorful characters, if at times flawed.
In "A Gambler's Jury", the protagonist ...more
What a heart-wrenching, difficult read this one was for me. Honestly, I was not hooked in the first 15% or so of the book, but once the story started picking up, I was completely absorbed in every page. This book follows a court case of a mentally handicapped teen who gets himself mixed up in a drug bust. Dani, his attorney is on a mission to find out how he is being held responsi ...more
It is very well written, hitting the ground running at great pace with intriguing characters and locations (who know there were so many drugs and alcohol in Salt Lake City?). I wasn't sure I liked the protagonist to start, because she seemed a bit too rebellious and there was a cliche of a damage from the past. However, as the book went on, I got to like her and she was rounded out and complex as she interac ...more
I didn't immediately take to the main protagonist, Danielle Rollins. She's a pottymouth-chainsmoking- harddrinking-rulebreaking disillusioned lawyer. Not only that, she's the ethical David up against the corrupt racist nasty Goliath of the American justice system. That's all OK, but it's such a big fat wo ...more
The book is just as well-written as Methos' other books, and the plot was developing interestingly, but ...more
Reviewed by Roy Murry, Author
Dani Rollins has a client whom she believes is innocent because of his mental impairment. He cannot be a purveyor of drugs and pull off a deal.
The police arrest him in the act. How could this be? It had to be one of the other boys with him. Moreover, why does the District Attorney want and is trying her client as an adult when he is seventeen?
All the right questions to get answers to in this character-driven novel. Dani is a smart defense ...more
I enjoyed every bit of it. I did kind of figure it out way early but it still kept me guessing if I was correct or not.
I am a huge fan of Dani she was awesome! Loved her character. She was strong, funny, witty and said what she wanted when she wanted. She has some great LOL moments.
The story line was great. There were a lot of things going on, a few twists and turns and some great courtroom drama. This book ...more
Review of the Audible Audio edition (2018) narrated by Teri Schnaubelt
This was well done in terms of drama and was also effectively narrated by Teri Schnaubelt. The actual plot though felt overly exaggerated with a divorced and supposed alcoholic lawyer (who doesn't take that many drinks during the case and whose drive and thinking never seems impaired) fighting for a client (mentally challenged and deserted by their parents) against a police, prosecutorial, and bench conspi ...more
Attorney Dani Rollins really pushes back hard at judges and prosecutors as she seeks defense of the innocent. She takes on the job of defending teenager Teddy Thorne who is mentally challenged and charged with drug selling. She thinks she'll win this case, but then the charges are moved to an adult felony conviction. The character, Dani Rollins, is very saucy in many ways, but she's a fighter for justice. There's nothing fair about this trial ... she believes the judge and district att ...more
On the surface, Dani is flippant, sarcastic, bold, and even a bit cynical. She’s deeper, however. Dani’s a fighter for the underdog. She’s passionate, empathetic and very flawed.
Will is fantastic and I desperately want one of my own, please! Teddy is great and although we don’t have a lot of Jack, he’s a good son.
I laughed and cried throughout this bo ...more
This one got a bit too obviously preachy about racial injustice and the justice system in general. I agree with the messages wholeheartedly, but it was so blatant it took away from the story line. There were a few places it felt like I had switched to reading an impassioned Facebook co ...more
I have read a couple of other books by Victor Methos and they were pretty good: young, eager, male lawyer does good against the odds. This is rather different. the protagonist is a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking woman defence lawyer who seems determined to be reckless and irresponsible. Not a particularly attractive personality. she then takes on a case where it seems that all sorts of injustices are being blatantly ignored. Can someone like her really fight effectively for her ...more
I admire her for getting in the faces of governmental figures, forcing lying witnesses to admit the truth and, with Will ...more
But besides that, ...more
I have read several books from Victor Method and am now a big fan. This should story about a corrupt system that wants to send a young black teenager to jail who is mentally challenged and does not understand why he is in jail.The jury just happens to be all white,even his parents have up on him.The one person who really cared is his defense lawyer who would not stop fighting the good fight.It was really breaking my heart the way this young was treated by the system.
The author claims that this book (as in all of his books) is based upon an actual case (with names, identifications, locations, etc. changed). Perhaps, but the conspiracy theory in the book is quite far-fetched and I'm willing to bet that in real life this story didn't go down as it did in the book.
The protagonist is unlikeable, a drunken attorney who blew up her own marriage by sleeping with someone else and then comes to really, really regret it because she is SO in ...more
I have enjoyed legal scenarios since reading my first John Grisham novel many years ago. This was the story of a "tough" female defense attorney defending a cognitively disabled black 17-year old boy In Utah. At first glance, I wasn't sure I liked Attorney Danielle Rollins. She drank too much and cussed rather uncontrollably it appeared. She had a huge heart, however, that became apparent as the story unfolded. Great book that became a page turner for me. I'll definitely be reading ...more