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Attorney Dani Rollins is bullish in the courtroom - pushing judges and prosecutors to their limits in defense of the innocent. So when she meets Teddy Thorne, a mentally challenged teen accused of selling drugs, Dani knows she’s got this in the bag. She can easily settle the case with a couple of court appearances. But when prosecutors move for an adult felony conviction, Dani suspects Teddy’s being used as a pawn in a sinister game.

As the case moves forward, Dani is certain the judge and district attorney’s office have motivations beyond the crime - a fair trial isn’t in the cards. And when she takes on guardianship of Teddy, the case becomes personal as she fights her own demons and the government. Dani will stop at nothing to protect this innocent boy - there’s no other option. Because if she loses, both she and Teddy could lose far more than just the case....

©2018 Victor Methos (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Excellent book based on the sad realities ...

OMG! This book is so good! My heart went out to this intellectually impaired (new PC term for retarded) child. There are many points of interest for me in this book and I will try not to bore anyone.
To start with the legal aspects of the story are so realistic. The protagonist Dani Rollins is the attorney, I would love to know. Her blue language in court is what I'm sure every practicing attorney truly thinks. The racial inequalities presented in this book in the justice system are horrendous. The other thing is the idea that the courts could put a juvenile on trial as an adult at their own discretion is absurd . Because of the author's notes I do believe this. I guess this book just demonstrates a portion of our legal system that is broken.
Finally, please forgive me for my soapbox rant. The "help" provided to families of disabled children/adults is pretty much nonexistent. I have 30 year old physically disabled twin daughters and I am their sole caregiver. Unless I want to PUT them in a group home that is totally inappropriate (they combine physically & intellectually disabled people) then they have to stay with me. The emotional and financial impact mentioned in this book is VERY underrated. Please also note that I did not say burden:)
Teri Schnaubelt does an excellent job narrating.
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 02-28-18

Methos' best legsl thriller since The Neon Lawyer

Utah attorney Victor Methos writes a lot of legal and police procedural thrillers many of which are not very good. Only 10 are available in audio. The Gambler's Jury stands with The Neon Lawyer as his best works. The Invisible Client is almost as good. Methos does a great job developing the characters including protagonist attorney Dani Rolling, her teenage son, her ex-husband, the defendant in this drug case, her investigator, and even the judge. There is a nice plot twist near the end of the novel which identifies the unlikely actual guilty party. If Methos wants to start a Dani Rollins series, A Gambler's Jury is a great start. Narrator Teri Schnaubeltis as the voice of Dani Rollins is simply the perfect narrator for this book.

Those listeners who object to crude/obscene/vulgar language are certain to be offended by A Gambler's Jury and most other Victor Methos novels, so they should skip this novel and this author. I recommend A Gambler's Jury to other listeners.

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slow-moving social justice lecture

I have read all of Victor Methos' books and this is the first one I didn't like. in a mystery or a legal thriller it's always best if there's a twist ending. this one was telegraphed from miles away from out of nowhere and the story drags on and on leaving no doubt that the only point in it was to make a political point. fair enough but at least try to be entertaining. if you're going to pull a finale out of the air at least use your writing skills to add some interest. I didn't like any of the characters and even the disabled victim was a little bit creepy. the author says it's based on an actual case so maybe that's why it's not all that interesting. sorry. The narration was fine but I've always thought in cases like this they should be a second narrator of the opposite sex just to do the lines of the secondary male or female characters

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kept interest. but some inaccuricies.

entertaining, but not memorable. a bit too much side story about the lawyer's romantic life.

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Loved it! Highly recommend!

Wow! I a pleasantly surprised. I expected to like this book. I like Victor Methos and read/listen to him often. I didn’t expect to love it! I do.

On the surface, Dani is flippant, sarcastic, bold, and even a bit cynical. She’s deeper, however. Dani’s a fighter for the underdog. She’s passionate, empathetic and very flawed.

Will is fantastic and I desperately want one of my own, please! Teddy is great and although we don’t have a lot of Jack, he’s a good son.

I laughed and cried throughout this book. There were many times that I just wanted to slap the crap out of some of these people for the obvious and blatant injustice. I wasn’t surprised, really, at a lot of the things going on and I pretty much knew the “who” but it it didn’t detract from my enjoyment.

Is this a stand alone or will it be a series?

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A Gambler's Jury

I have read a number of books by this author. I enjoy that the stories are based in Salt lake city. Even if the story is more than the location.
Mr. Methos books are not the typical lawyer books. The stories are off subject of typical court room stories. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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What a Ride

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the storyline was written very well. I would definitely recommend to those who loves law, mystery and suspense.

What other book might you compare A Gambler's Jury to and why?

I would compare this book to other legal thrillers written by Scott Pratt and Robert Dugoni.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite was how Dani interacted with Teddy.

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

It made me laugh, cry, happy and sad. Invoked many emotions.

Any additional comments?

Victor is one of my favorite authors.

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  • Marsha
  • Spokane, WA, United States
  • 03-19-18

Mighty good story line.

just found a new author. Story line was terrific.For some reason I had a hard time putting it down.

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  • Nancy
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States
  • 03-07-18

Loved it.

A very strong woman attorney. She drinks, cusses and cares. I think there are many more women like this in the real world and that makes me very happy. There are but a few great female narrators that I can stand listening to and Teri Schnaubelt has just been added to my top 5 list. Keep em coming.

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 04-01-18

Danielle Rollins Is Different—She Cares

I’ve read several books by this author and liked them all. This one grabs your heart. A mentally disabled teenager is accused of selling cocaine. His neighborhood friends all tell the story that he had the bag and he handed it to the known drug dealer. His attorney believes there is a conspiracy and that he is being targeted because he is black. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that there is a much more sinister reason for his being tried. The attorney lashes out at the judge, who is awful and does things his way; at the prosecution because they don’t seem to care about putting a mentally disabled now 18 year old in jail where horrible things will be done to him. The story reveals the flaws in our justice system and tells the story of how difficult it is to be a defense attorney who cares about her client. She didn’t want the case but couldn’t not take it because she knew the defendant needed her. The author is a practicing attorney and his stories are gritty and based on real cases he has been on. Pulls at your heart strings but in the end you hope all will be well. Teri Schnaubelt did an excellent job of narrating.

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