INTEREST OF JUSTICE by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg


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 High-gear legal-action thriller about a judge caught up in a child-porn scam gone rotten. Here, ex-cop Rosenberg backs away from the vigilantism of her debut novel, Mitigating Circumstances (1992)--but not from her willingness to manipulate readers shamelessly, if skillfully. Superior Court Judge Lara Sanderstone has much in common with A.D.A. Lily Forrester, heroine of Rosenberg's first: Both are legal powerhouses in their late 30s; both work in southern California; both have families torn by violence--Lily's daughter was raped; Lara's sister and brother-in-law were murdered. But where Lily picks up a gun to avenge the crime, Lara works within the law, teaming up with a homicide cop who lures her into a romantic subplot that climaxes as he turns her limbs ``to rubber'' on the hood of his car. Also helping track down the killer is Lara's neighbor Emmet Daniels, who's got Lou Gehrig's disease; and the dead couple's abused 14-year-old son, Josh, whose slow winning-over by Lara mirrors the cop's winning-over of her. When the bodies are found, Lara learns that her sister was a hooker, blackmailing the older male pedophile who appears, face hidden, in a clutch of Polaroids. No doubt he ordered the killings, which are traced to a career criminal released from jail on the instigation of a top judge: Is that judge the pedophile? Pursuing assorted leads (including some fascinating computer-imaging), Lara dodges a brutal attempt on her life as the noose closes around the judge. The case winds up with a major twist, though--and with a de rigueur high- suspense finale, which finds Josh menaced by the pedophile, Emmet crawling up the stairs to his rescue.... Any writer who will pit a cripple against a maniac is a commercial force to be reckoned with--expect big interest in this smartly melodramatic crowd-pleaser. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for December; film rights to Citadel/HBO)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-525-93680-7
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1993


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