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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"John Grisham, move over...A riveting tale of murder, treachery, and skullduggery at the highest levels." - Seattle TimesIn 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 iNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"John Grisham, move over...A riveting tale of murder, treachery, and skullduggery at the highest levels." - Seattle TimesIn 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 inexcusable, and return the most astonishing verdicts. The only barrier to Sloane's professional success is his conscience -- until he gets a call from a man later found dead, and his life rockets out of control....

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The Jury Master Reviews

  • Jean
    2018-07-29 16:52

    The Jury Master by Robert DugoniKeep 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 invaluable during the mission he finds himself engaged in.Sloane is also a workaholic, a solitary man with no family. He has no recollection of his childhood. His parents, he was told, died in a car accident when he was young, and he spent years in and out of various foster homes. At seventeen, he joined the Marines. Now, despite his financial well-being thanks to his fine career and property management, he is plagued by migraines and recurring nightmares. Then he receives a package and a phone message from a man whom he does not know, and life as he knows it changes.In West Virginia, a friend of the President is found dead of an apparent suicide, except a local cop, Tom Molia, smells a rat. Even when ordered by the Department of Justice to close the file, “Mole” stubbornly continues his investigation. Once I got the characters straight in my head, which took some time because there were quite a few of them and the story lines went back and forth from San Francisco to West Virginia to Mexico to Washington, D.C., I got quite engrossed in this saga. The nightmares – were they dreams, or were they flashbacks? The nightmares intrigued me. Strangely, I had a sense of déjà vu as well, vaguely recalling a couple of scenes but not being able to put the whole plot together in my memory. Unlike David Sloane, I cannot attribute my memory failure to a traumatic event.David Sloane, Tom Molia, and Tina Scoccolo are all characters that I found likable and believable, and I would love to see more of them. The bad guys – military types and politicians – were somewhat stereotypical, but who doesn’t love to hate the villains?It was pretty obvious from the get-go who was behind all the killing and coverup in this book, but the motive and the history behind it made it worth reading. One thing that I always appreciate in any genre of writing is whether the characters grow. At the onset, David Sloane does not know who he is or where he came from. By the end of The Jury Master, he is definitely a changed man. This is very much a political thriller, but David Sloane and Tom “Mole” Molia are the real reason to like this book.4 stars

  • Barbara
    2018-07-21 20:46

    3.5 starsSan 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. Unfortunately for Sloane, someone is desperate to get the package and seems willing to do anything to achieve this goal. Meanwhile Detective Joe Molina, a local cop who's investigating Branick's death in the national park, suspects it wasn't suicide. He's stymied though when the Justice Department takes possession of Branick's body and moves to close the case over the objections of Branick's sister. It seems clear that people high in the administration have something to hide. Concurrently, retired ClA operative Charles Jenkins - who many years before participated in an operation with both Branick and the future President - is pulled into the situation when an attempt is made on his life. As the story proceeds it becomes clear that a massacre occurred in a Mexican village 30 years ago, an incident which somehow affected Sloane, who was a young child at the time. As it turns out all three men - Sloane, Molina, and Jenkins - become involved in figuring out what happened to Branick, why the package is important, and what government officials are covering up. There's plenty of murder and violence along the way and at one point I became annoyed with some characters who seemed like cliches found in many thriller novels. The climax of the book, however, turned out to be quite original if not totally believable. There are a lot of interesting characters and a lot going on in the story, which is an enjoyable thriller. I'll probably read more books by this author.You can follow my reviews at http://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com/

  • Joe
    2018-08-06 20:46

    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; street wise, sarcastic yet tenacious homicide detective; an ex-CIA agent who lives as a hermit; and self-important, over-zealous political types, (there are more but I won't belabor the point), - all involved in a predictable plot which degenerates into a Freud meets The Amazing Kreskin psychological farce. Every trick in the book is used to keep this story "moving" including short chapters ending at (in)opportune moments to keep the reader hanging on, lame wise-cracking by the protagonists during moments of crisis and of course, flashbacks. To top it all off it is painfully overwritten - eye-glazingly so - at over 400 pages this would have been a chore to finish at half that length. I paid a buck and a half for this book and felt cheated. Pass on this one.

  • Brenda
    2018-08-12 15:52

    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.

  • Sue
    2018-08-02 21:44

    "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 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 phone messages and sent a package to Sloan, but Sloan doesn’t know who he is. Sloan’s apartment is torn apart his elderly neighbor murdered, Sloan’s life is in jeopardy. The secret Branick left behind ties everyone together in a fight for their lives.The title is a misnomer as the book has little to do with juries. There are a lot of characters,but the chapters are quite short, and everything comes together for a reason in the end.This is a gripping legal thriller, excellent plot, and intensely sharp writing.I definitely became involved with the characters, caught up in the suspense and loved the twist at the end. Robert Dugoni is one of my favourite authors.A definate 5 Star rating.

  • Irene
    2018-08-15 19:45

    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 fire power to trigger my pathological case of terminal eye-rolling. And, this same magical protection extended to those Super Lawyer befriended. This is a great escape book; just don’t think too hard.

  • Denise
    2018-08-16 17:40

    1.0 out of 5 stars BORING, October 28, 2006This 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
    2018-07-20 18:57

    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.

  • Dee
    2018-07-27 20:01

    Two-haiku review:Lawyer in dangerHe has no idea whyTrying to kill himPolitics, of courseHe dreams repressed memoriesExciting story

  • Mike
    2018-08-04 19:06

    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 murky shenanigans in the nation's capitol.

  • ElaineY
    2018-08-11 17:56

    REVIEW UPDATE: AUGUST 29, 2016Still 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.REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 31, 2015Narrator: Robertson DeanBoring 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 it is but too much work for me. It's also not a legal thriller but I knew that going in, having read the reviews that mentioned this so that's not the problem. I may try another book by the author but not just yet.

  •  Olivermagnus
    2018-08-09 22:02

    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 David can't remember meeting. The reader is then switched to West Virginia where a cop is missing, but a long time adviser to the president has committed suicide. The man, Joe Branick, also seems familiar to David even though he doesn't believe they've ever met. The novel alternates chapters to show the reader how the various characters are connected. This was an interesting book and once I got over the surprise of it not being a courtroom thriller I found it to be an interesting and somewhat different political thriller. At some point the explanation of the oil business became too much for me and I skimmed those portions, hoping I wouldn't miss an important part of the story. The characters certainly need more development but this is just the first book of the series and I understand it gets better further along. It gives the reader some history behind the jury master, David Sloane, and is probably going to make him much more compelling in later books. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Wrongful-Death.

  • Brian O'Leary
    2018-08-02 15:53

    Good first book, hopefully it improves some on the outlying characters and the pacing as it moves on.

  • William Richardson
    2018-07-25 14:52

    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.

  • LJ
    2018-07-25 16:53

    THE JURY MASTER (Political Suspense-US-Cont) – G+Dugoni, Robert – 1st novelWarner Books, 2006- HardcoverDavid 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 phone messages and sent a package to Sloan, but Sloan doesn’t know who he is. Sloan’s apartment is torn apart his elderly neighbor murdered, Sloan’s life is in jeopardy. The secret Branick left behind ties everyone together in a fight for their lives..*** The title is a misnomer as the book has little to do with juries. There are a lot of characters and it took a bit for me to keep them all straight. The chapters are quite short. Sometimes, annoyingly short. I am not being a huge fan of political thrillers, but I definitely became involved with the characters, caught up in the suspense and loved the twist at the end. This is Dugoni’s first novel and it wasn’t perfect, by any means, but it was exciting and compelling. I shall definitely watch for his next book.

  • Ed
    2018-07-25 18:43

    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 President of the United States is found dead by apparent suicide, Sloane is sucked into the situation. With retired CIA agent Charlie Jenkins, he tries to figure out why he was sent a package from Branick that contains a 30 year old secret putting everyone concerned in danger. The characters are well drawn. The plot is gripping. The ending contains a delicious surprise. I don't like the short chapters, though. Perhaps people are trying to emulate James Patterson's success. Patterson drives me crazy with his abbreviated chapters to the point that I won't read his stuff anymore, even the Alec Cross series. Perhaps this trend is also a statement about the attention span of readers, today.

  • Amanda McGill
    2018-07-26 20:40

    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, it is not.

  • Jim
    2018-07-29 16:55

    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 owns an apartment building that has one tenant. Melda Demanjuk 60, Watches the building for David and treats him like a son doing his chores and feeding him. When David receives a package from a former CIA agent who has committed suicide his world gets turned upside down. With an IQ of 173 and being a former Marine it seems David has many skills never seen in a courtroom. Before long David is running for his life across the country to Washington D.C., and to the Oval Office. Meanwhile Charles Town, WV. police detective Tom "Mole" Molia is investigating the suicide even though the Department of Justice has taken over the case, and ordered him to back off completely. The suicide victim happened to be the closest friend of POTUS. As the plot unwinds with Mexican communists, rouge CIA agents, government assassins, and a desire to replace OPEC with Mexican oil this yarn has many branches. The numerous characters make it somewhat difficult to get locked in on a particular part of the plot. The characters do get some development and depth as the book proceeds. Although the protagonist David Sloane gets lost within the story at times. Packed with plenty of action scenes this one does at times really go over the top with believability. At times with the number of sub plots in this novel it slowed me down in my pace of reading. After reading author Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite character I was a bit disappointed with David Sloane. I do however plan to read at least one additional Sloane novel. I know robert Dugoni is a good story teller. Three stars out of a possible five stars for, "The Jury Master". David Sloane has the making of a pretty good series.

  • Karen Wegman
    2018-07-16 16:52

    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.

  • Camilla
    2018-08-03 15:00

    I fell in love with the characters. I want to meet them someday.

  • Alison Packard
    2018-07-27 22:05

    I enjoy the author's Tracey Crosswhite series, but this story didn't draw me in at all. I ended up skimming a lot of it. I'll stick with the other series, but won't go any further with this one.

  • Judy Churchill
    2018-07-20 21:42

    This is another Dugoni standout. This is an earlier novel but excellent. The intricacy of the plot is impressive. The horrors which haunt the life of attorney Daniel Stone and the mechanisms he uses to suppress them are well thought out and are seemingly authentic. The action in the book is non-stop and genuinely impressive. Dugoni's books are a welcome change of pace while staying within the realm of reality.

  • Bill
    2018-08-15 15:56

    How fast I get through a book is a pretty good gauge of how good a book is. The ones that don't work seem to take forever, both figuratively and literally. The good ones fly by. I just blew through this one in a week, and that's not a mean feat for a novel of 450 pages that only gets picked up at bedtime.I have to give the author high marks for keeping things interesting and keeping the action coming. He uses every trick available to invest the reader in the characters and keep them turning pages. At the end of the day, these thrillers are pretty much all the same story and it's the author's job to tell it and sell it on the basis of the characters and storytelling. This one succeeds on both counts.At times, I found it frustrating that he was being so stingy with details, or even clues, about what was behind the mystery in the book. It seemed like every time a file folder was opened or someone was about to explain something, the chapter ended and that story thread was picked up after the characters (but not the readers) were enlightened. Many chapters also ended with a character in big trouble and no way out, which does wonders for suspense, but also got a little old.Even so, I enjoyed this book a lot. Even a little more than its sequel, Wrongful Death: A Novel. The third David Sloane novel, Bodily Harm: A Novel, is queued up and will get consumed soon.

  • Carol
    2018-07-28 20:07

    The Jury Master by Robert DugoniDavid Sloan series Book#14★'sFrom The Book:David Sloane is the best wrongful death attorney in San Francisco. But despite his professional success, he's plagued by a nightmare of a childhood he cannot consciously remember. When he receives a package from a White House confidant who then turns up dead, the contents reveal a history he could never have imagined.My Thoughts:I love Robert Dugoni's flowing, easy to read writing style and the way he makes the reader feel that they are right in the midst of the story. Although the title makes you think it's a legal thriller...it actually has more of a political trend. David Sloan is a brilliant defense attorney...never lost a case. He's also an ex-Marine whose past has come back to haunt him and seemingly everyone he loves and is acquainted with...when he is mailed a document by a long ago friend and fellow soldier who just happens to be the Presidents best friend who has just committed suicide. Someone will stop at nothing to retrieve this package and the bodies begin to pile up. I am not being a huge fan of political thrillers, but I definitely became involved with the characters, caught up in the suspense and loved the twist at the end. This is Robert Dugoni’s first novel and it wasn’t perfect, by any means, but it was exciting and compelling. I shall definitely hunt down his next book in this series.

  • Sheila
    2018-08-03 19:37

    First in the David Sloan series and a lot is going on. David is a slick criminal defense attorney that gets a not so nice guy off in his trilal. At the same time a close friend and confidant of the president is found dead of apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. But when the local law enforcement start to investigate the FBI swoops in.This book had a little bit of everything from government conspiracies to drug cartels in Mexico.

  • Mike
    2018-07-27 20:47

    First of all, the only connection the title of this book has to the actual story is the first chapter. The rest of the book...David Sloane may as well be an electrician or a bus driver. As others have pointed out, the characters are stereotypes and the plot is just short of absurd but the author does keep the story moving along so three stars for the effort.

  • Sharon Draper
    2018-08-15 17:05

    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.

  • Judy Collins
    2018-08-08 21:01

    Review to follow!

  • Danielle Gonzalez
    2018-07-25 20:50

    I picked up this book because I enjoy the other series written by this author. This was very different from his other books. The story had more potential than it was given, which is why I gave it 4 stars. I don't understand the title, as there was really only approximately 10 pages that had anything to do with a courtroom or a jury. The story is about the suicide of the President's friend and close confident. He was found in West Virginia the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot. However, there are some confusing things about the scene that makes the detective curious. When he is ordered by the Department of Justice to leave the case alone, he instantly becomes more interested. This detective character was annoying at first, but I ended up liking him. In addition to all of that, the "jury master", David Sloane is an attorney in San Francisco. He arrives home to find his apartment has been torn apart. He has no idea why and no idea of his connection to the suicide victim. Then enters another character, a man living in solitude in Washington State. All of these characters seem to have individual stories, yet something in common that links them together. Toward the end, you can figure it out. I liked the character development, and the story had promise. There was plenty of action, and it kept you reading to find out what would happen next.

  • Judith Barstow
    2018-08-10 17:45

    As I continue to expect this is a fast paced Dugoni book.I took about 3 - 4 days to read it as once I get a good book I pick it up as often as my time allows.The first David Sloane novel is very clever and intelligent. Makes you work things out and the other characters are a great fit with David. I judge a book how I feel throughout the read and when a certain character was killed ( no spoilers) I was genuinely upset.The title is misleading in this book as the court time is minimal. The storeyline is more akin to Jack Reacher in this one but still very enjoyable.I have already selected the next David Sloane book and added it to my read list on my kindle.