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A Gambler's Jury

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,099 ratings  ·  134 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent novel.

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
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, net-galley, mystery
***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
Book Addict Shaun
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well I think I have a new favourite legal thriller author. I thought The Shotgun Lawyer was good but A Gambler’s Jury was outstanding. Victor Methos has now written two of my most favourite books of the year. Those closing chapters brought out so much emotion in me as a reader that I felt I was reading about a real case (and Victor’s books are based on cases he has worked) and I have never wanted justice so much for somebody in a fictional book.

Dani Rollins was such a great character to read ab
Rohit Enghakat
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
As usual Victor Methos never lets you down. This is the second book that I have read and I loved it. Initially I was a bit skeptical after reading the blurb about a mentally challenged boy wrongly accused of drug dealing and a lawyer who is forced to adopt him under strange circumstances, fighting to keep him out of jail. But as the story unfolds, it becomes a larger conspiracy involving the State and turns into a David v/s Goliath kind-of-a-fight, it becomes interesting and you don't want to pu ...more
Robert Intriago
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, legal-thriller
A very fast paced legal thriller with a lot of great gallows humor, satire and funny dialogue. I really enjoyed the salty and smart ass main character in the story. This book was nominated for the 2019 Edgar Award. It did not win but in my opinion it is better then the winner by Walter Mosley. The story has a very good plot, even though it is predictable and it does a little too much proselytizing about social justice, and the courtroom dialogues are fun and vibrant.
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
They've been looking to change that law for a long time. Looking for the perfect case to do it with. So when they found a black kid with three white kids willing to testify against him, they jumped on it. Black kid with three white accusers don't stand a chance with a jury here. A gambler's jury. A nick name used by defense attorneys - a jury with a case where a any rational person would acquit, but they might convict because of race.

Defense Attorney Dani Rollins wears her emotions on her sleev
Alyssia Cooke
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't warm to this in the opening pages but I'm glad I stuck with it. If there was ever a successor to Jodi Picoult, Methos is it. I found myself absolutely hooked and unable to put it down. Dani is undoubtedly an alcoholic but she's also an attorney who cares about her clients. When she winds up defending a mentally disabled teenager accused of drug dealing, she finds that she might have bitten off more than she can chew. Funny, tense, heart breaking and heart warming, this is a must read fo ...more
J. F.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book Review: A Gambler's Jury by Victor Methos

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
Amy Wolf
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to netgalley and the author/publisher for a free copy of A GAMBLER'S JURY in exchange for an honest review.

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
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
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Kathleen Gray
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some of this is not new- Dani is an attorney with issues, there's a conspiracy etc.- but gosh this was an entertaining fast read. The basic is that when Dani takes on the case of Teddy, a teen who is mentally challenged, sh didn't expect it to become what it is. Not too complicated but it is, actually. Methos has put his personal knowledge of the courts to good use and has written a legal thriller that actually is. Dani is very sympathetic (even when you don't like her) and Teddy, well, you'd ta ...more
Jackie Cain
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazon gave me £1 of this book, in their Avid April Reader promotion. Thank you, Amazon.

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
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun pacey legal thriller. It's not really a 4-star book, more of a 3.5 stars, or maybe 3.6 at a push, but there are not such nuanced options in Goodreads, so I thought I'd be generous.

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
Angie Boyter
Jan 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
If this had not just been nominated for an Edgar and I had not read 3 other excellent books by this author I would have thrown in the towel by page 11. EVERYONE in the book is a loser, a loser with a soul maybe, but still a loser. The protagonist is a female defense attorney who in the opening scene shows up in court wearing jeans and nursing a hangover and the next day breakfasts on beer....
The book is just as well-written as Methos' other books, and the plot was developing interestingly, but
I’ve read several books by this author and liked them all. This one grabs your heart. A mentally disabled teenager is accused of selling cocaine. His neighborhood friends all tell the story that he had the bag and he handed it to the known drug dealer. His attorney believes there is a conspiracy and that he is being targeted because he is black. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that there is a much more sinister reason for his being tried. The attorney lashes out at the judge, who is awful ...more
Roy Murry
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it


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
Tracy T.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW what a treat to find this book. Great narration by Terry Schnaubelt (audible review)

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
Very Fictional Lawyer
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
Nancy Silk
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Tammy Mitchell
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I a pleasantly surprised. I expected to like this book. I like Victor Methos and read/listen to him often. I didn’t expect to love it! I do.

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
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This is the third Victor Methos novel I’ve read, and as with the other two, I read it in a day — even though this one as a bit longer. The writing isn’t perfect but it’s engaging. The cases are always interesting.

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
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am never disappointed by a book written by Victor Methos, and A Gambler’s Jury is no exception. Dani Rollins is an interesting and flawed character who the reader can root for because her driving force is to get justice for her mentally-challenged client, Teddy Thorne. What seems to be initially a simple case turns into a nightmare for Dani, and she must use her cunning to navigate the system that has been rigged against her client. The situation posed in the novel will strike anger and frustr ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not run of the mill.

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
Adrian Lawrence
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Compared to the other three VM books I've read this one started much slower. It's about 100 pages longer and unnecessarily so I thought. A lot of pages are devoted to unlikable characters and unconnected side plots. A third of the way into the book and I wouldn't have described it as a courtroom drama and rated it at as a mediocre 3 stars. But don't let that deter you from reading this book. The author transforms it brilliantly into an addictive story you won't quickly forget. It gets quite emot ...more
Jane Goldberg
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! So many characters who just suck. One female defense attorney who breaks the one rule no attorney should ever break. Don’t become emotionally involved with your client. But, when everyone in her client’s life abandons and betrays this defenseless child, she can’t help but love him. Without her, all hope is lost. With her and her angry mouth, all hope is lost for him, too.

I admire her for getting in the faces of governmental figures, forcing lying witnesses to admit the truth and, with Will
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
As a legal thriller, I found this book engaging. I wouldn't describe A Gambler's Jury as exceptionally well-written; It was longer than it needed to be, but it was still a quick read and I was motivated to keep reading and see how things turned out for Teddy. I found the secondary love-story plot pretty cliched and some of the humor kind of missed for me. I didn't find this book especially suspenseful and I thought some of the late stage reveals were expected. Some moments in this book were real ...more
Carl Martin
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the story and definitely prevalent in today's society. Would love to hear more about Dani and her continuing law practice. Hopefully, not to big of a spoiler, but glad the author cut back on her drinking every other page. I'm not a prude or anything and have been known to get shit-faced myself every now and then, but the frequency would have almost left her non-functional, let alone able to practice law effectively. At least that's my opinion, I could be wrong :)!

But besides that,
Marilyn Lakin
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Gambler's Jury

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.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
My view of this book...meh.

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
Sandy Nichols
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Legal Novel!

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
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Victor Methos is the Edgar Award nominated bestselling author of over forty novels. He has been a criminal and civil rights lawyer in the Mountain West, conducting over 100 trials, and produces two books a year with his dog Fraiser by his side.
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