ERROR IN JUDGMENT by D.C. Brod

ERROR IN JUDGMENT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Well-plotted second novel (following Murder in Store, 1989), again featuring nice-guy p.i. Quint McCauley, who here turns down lawyer Mason Burk's job offer--to get the lowdown on indicted judge Scott Markham's wife Lorna for a divorce action--because Lorna's already hired him to snoop on Scott. Then Markham is killed, and his semi-porn pictures of former girlfriends come to light. And Quint's new love interest, prosecutor Janet Miraldi, dies via a car-bombing. Moreover, the body of Markham's former law clerk surfaces in a land clearing; Janet's co-worker Knox Tyler skulks about; and Loma's son blames her for Markham's death. Foxport Police Chief Carver, never a fan of Quint's, needles the p.i., but Quint perseveres: ultimately, he digs up an old Markham DWI decision that's the basis for two murders and leads to a third killing--although the perpetrator in this case will try to pass it off as self-defense. To catch this killer, Quint pressures Markham's mistress and her landlady, but it'll be surly son Eric who finally saves the day. Solid medium-boiled tale, even if one murderer is recognizable early on. And dog-lovers will get a kick out of the sweet-eyed Peanuts.

Pub Date: Aug. 10th, 1990
Publisher: Walker