- Hardcover: 173 pages
- Publisher: Pantheon Books (11 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 152474798X
- ISBN-13: 978-1524747985
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.1 x 21.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 345 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Illicit sex shifts power balance in the jury room and post-trial relationships. Rules of evidence and over-heated media stoke backlash against the jurors. And, just in case we've missed any beach read bases, there's a life partner with a terminal disease in a state with no death dignity law.
The tone is as musty and dark as an interstate motel room. There is appropriately no joy because nothing is going to end well here. And that's authentic.
Then he has days to live? What? And the guilt or innocence of the trial just goes nowhere. Not satisfying.