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Justice | [Karen Robards]

Justice

Hired by a prestigious D.C. law firm after barely surviving witnessing the murder of the First Lady, attorney Jessica Ford is deliberately keeping a low profile as she gets a sensational rape case involving a senator’s son, whom she is defending, is abruptly dismissed because the victim recants on the stand. The problem is, Jess suspects that the victim recanted because she was threatened. Meanwhile, she has an uneasy feeling about the beautiful young associate she replaced: where is Allison Howard
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Publisher's Summary

Hired by a prestigious D.C. law firm after barely surviving witnessing the murder of the First Lady, attorney Jessica Ford is deliberately keeping a low profile as she gets a sensational rape case involving a senator’s son, whom she is defending, is abruptly dismissed because the victim recants on the stand. The problem is, Jess suspects that the victim recanted because she was threatened. Meanwhile, she has an uneasy feeling about the beautiful young associate she replaced: where is Allison Howard? No one has seen her since she left the firm.

Taking over Allison’s position, Jess becomes more and more haunted by her predecessor. Then she discovers that the victim in the rape case has also disappeared. With the help of her former lover, hunky Secret Service Agent Mark Ryan, Jess starts searching for both women. Soon she uncovers the case of a missing teenage girl who knew Allison. Is there a link? When someone tries to kill her, Jess knows she is getting too close to something — but what? She and Mark race to come up with answers before time runs out...

©2011 Karen Robards (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Robards is one terrific storyteller.” (Chicago Tribune)

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    Karen Oxford, New Zealand 06-11-12
    Karen Oxford, New Zealand 06-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.

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    "No need to read 'Pursuit'..."

    For those of you who have been put off by the terrible reviews of the narrator of the previous book in this series ,Pursuit, (as I have been), don't let that put you off getting this book. While there are some references to what went on before, at no point will you flounder for not reading it. Justice is an enjoyable story, but I did find the mystery took back seat to the interaction between Mark and Jess. If you are in the mood for romance with a dash of thriller thrown then this is the book for you. As always, Angela Dawe knocks my socks off with her excellent narration.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    L. Claude Lakewood Village, TX United States 11-07-11
    L. Claude Lakewood Village, TX United States 11-07-11 Member Since 2007
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    "it's pretty good...not my favorite"

    Having read "Pursuit" prior to reading "Justice" I was looking forward to see how Jess and Mark's life together was going, only to find out they are not together any more. Mark's done something stupid, a fact of which he was well aware at the time he did it, and did it anyway (a passionate kiss with a former lover, who happens to be Jess's boss, knowing Jess could walk in, and she did). This kiss taking place after Mark had asked Jess to marry him and while they were still living together. Jess breaks off the relationship. Mark then begins accusing Jess of having "trust issues", saying it was only a kiss and she won't "commit" to a real relationship. Well........duh!

    "Justice" then procedes similar to "Pursuit", bad guys trying to kill Jess, Mark trying to keep her alive (while trying to get her back), same senario as "Pursuit", different situations and different bad guys. If you liked "Pursuit" (and I did) you'll like "Justice".

    Makes me wonder if there's going to be a third book with Jessica and Mark, just to get things worked out between them.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer RADCLIFF, KY, United States 07-21-12
    Kindle Customer RADCLIFF, KY, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2010

    Mimmi

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    "GREAT story, awesome series..."
    What did you love best about Justice?

    the fact that Jess (Jessica Ford, our heroine/main character) just can't help the fact that's she a crusader ~ for the underdog, for the less fortunate, for the weaker, whatever it might be, Jess is ready to stick her neck out there and fight. And if it means it might jeopardize her job, her relationship (or what COULD be a relationship w/ Mark) or whatever, with the exception of her family, she's willing to do it to find the right in the equation. It makes me like her so much as a character, even when she's a high $$ defense attorney. She's so...human and real.


    What other book might you compare Justice to and why?

    Pursuit by Karen Robards, which actually is tied to this book...this continues to build the character of Jessica Ford, and on her and Secret Service Agent Mark Ryan's relationship. I miss the finalization of the relationship, I'll admit, but I love seeing Jess's character being built and fleshed out so much that it's worth it. And the case in this one was awesome, and totally had me stumped...thought I had it figured out, lol, and I was WRONG! And couldn't figure out how all the pieces were going to tie together...Ms. Robards did an amazing job, as always, of answering every small question and concern I had in satisfactory way. LOVED it.


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    She's an incredible narrator...nails EVERY voice. EVERY one. One that actually sticks out for me is Paloma, the woman who works in a shelter ~ I could actually SEE this woman's face and she came alive for me through Angela Dawe's narrative, while when I read it she was really just a passing meh.

    An awesome narrator makes the characters more vivid, even the not notable ones ~~ Angela Dawe does that.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    YES!! Laughed more than once, but also tugged on my heart strings, not only with Jess & Mark, but w/ Jess's young teenage sister being pregnant, Mark's worries over his young daughter, the cat Clementine...Ms. Robards pumps her pages full of emption!


    Any additional comments?

    Just if you are a suspense fan,and you haven't read and or listened to Karen Robards?
    Oh, wow, you are SO missing out!
    And this would be a fabulous place to start!
    But I do have to mention, that while it's not in audio, as a romance fan at heart, an absolute favorite Karen Robards of mine is Night Magic. I will love that book always!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JoElayne Ferré Johnson Concord, CA United States 10-31-13
    JoElayne Ferré Johnson Concord, CA United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't call it a mystery"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There is no way the author could have made it a five star. She is a romance writer, not a mystery thriller writer. I hate to be lured into purchasing what I think sounds like a good mystery just to be disappointed when I realize it is a romance. I hate romance stories! Same is true of science fiction and fantasy. Please label them correctly!


    What was most disappointing about Karen Robards’s story?

    Formula story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reader sounds like she is reading, not giving the words realism.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 10-26-14
    Karen 10-26-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Great Robards"
    What made the experience of listening to Justice the most enjoyable?

    reader has matured and did a great job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    this is classic old Robards, think Night Magic and Walking After Midnight. Remember this is a romance with a mystery and chase. Nothing too deep, heavy or dark. A fun listen that gabs and holds you until you finish.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ms Dawe did a great job on this one. She stopped turning up the end of her sentences and she made all the characters just really come to life. Our hero Mark, is yummy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did, but beware, author left this open to become a series. I just hope Ms Robards does develop it like J D Robb. Plenty of room to do more books.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a SHAME "Pursuit" got such bad reviews. I will have to now buy the book. Audible, when listeners say, great book, awful narration, please put the book on the $4.95 sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karla 07-03-14
    Karla 07-03-14
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    "narrator ruined the story - what's the rush!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    get a different narrator, someone who wasn't just reading words in a hurry


    Would you recommend Justice to your friends? Why or why not?

    book copy - yes
    audible -no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    probably not


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    story was good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 12-11-13
    Laura 12-11-13
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    "Another good book ruined by the narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have never read a Karen Robards novel that I didn't like, and I'm sure this is an equally good one....ruined only by the idiotic narration of Ms. Dawe.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This narrator drops her voice at every comma and period. It's like listening to a sing-song voice trying to sound mysterious. Annoying in the extreme.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jane 11-19-13
    jane 11-19-13
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    "too bad"
    What disappointed you about Justice?

    lots of loose ends. No intrigue. Instead of a mystery unfolding, the mystery had to be solved though pure description and explanation...amateur plot work.
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    Has Justice turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What three words best describe Angela Dawe’s voice?

    narrator better than book


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and anger


    Any additional comments?

    insults the readers intelligence

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NefChanny 11-15-13
    NefChanny 11-15-13
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    "3rd Grade Reader"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better READER


    What was most disappointing about Karen Robards’s story?

    I thinl the storyline would hav been interesting had the "PROFESSIONAL READER"known how to read and captureher listeners interest.


    What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe’s performance?

    She sounds like a 3rd grader. She does not read the way a normal perso should read a story. Sh read one word at a time. It makes the story bog down. Lost inteest becauseshe madethe story uneventful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rita 11-10-13
    Rita 11-10-13

    Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired

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    "Great start"

    The begining ready had me. But for me al the negitive middle was a turn off the end got better. Most people will enjoy this book is all I will say. I need a little more postive romancing why do couple always have to go thru so much before they figure it out 😏

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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