In Danger of Judgment
by David Rabin
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Pub Date 04 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 29 Sep 2022
When a covert operation during the Vietnam War ends in tragedy, one of its members resolves to kill the man who betrayed it to the enemy. Now, fifteen years later, he'll finally get his chance.
Chicago, 1987. Home of mediocre baseball teams, gangs that rule the streets, and a Mexican drug cartel that supplies the city with heroin. Chicago Police Detective Marcelle DeSantis and her partner, Bernie Bernardelli, are working a series of heroin-related murders, and their job just got more complicated. The man who sabotaged the Vietnam operation, Robert Thornton, is now the chief enforcer for a Southeast Asian heroin cartel, and after fifteen years overseas he's arrived in Chicago to eliminate the reigning cartel and seize control of the city's heroin trade.
Racing to stop a drug war, Marcelle and Bernie don't realize they're about to be caught in a deadly crossfire: another man is circling in the wings, one of Thornton's soldiers from Vietnam, who's preparing to exact his long-sought revenge against his former mentor. He's the last person anyone would ever suspect, and when he finally makes his move, the paths of these four people will explosively converge.
A Note From the Publisher
2022 Maxy Awards Runner-Up - Thriller
"A well-crafted gangland crime thriller with a fascinating military subplot and a deliciously mysterious villain." -BestThrillers.com
"A sharply defined, engrossing cast elevates this crime caper." -Kirkus Reviews
"A stunning debut, David Rabin's In Danger of Judgment is an engrossing page-turner. Shocking twists barrel full-speed into an action-packed and tense crime thriller readers won't see coming." -IndieReader (IR Approved, 5 Stars)
"Rabin explodes out of the gate with his debut thriller, as well-executed as the best in Ludlum's Bourne series." -David Shawn Klein, award-winning author of The Money
"It's First Blood meets The Usual Suspects. If you enjoyed The French Connection and the Jack Reacher series, you'll love In Danger of Judgment." -Jeffrey James Higgins, award-winning author of Furious and Unseen
"This is a fabulous debut novel from an author who is destined to make his mark on crime fiction writing." -A.J. McCarthy, award-winning mystery suspense author
"Rabin brings a fresh set of characters to the tried-and-true crime drama, and his breezy narrative style and crackling dialogue kept me turning the pages well past my bedtime." -Ronald Aiken, author of Death Has Its Benefits and former president of The Atlanta Writers Club
"David Rabin's debut novel, In Danger of Judgment, combines the razor-sharp instincts of a natural story-teller with the fascinating insights of a true expert to create a thrilling face-off between greed and salvation, where unfinished business from an unpopular war echoes through the dark heart of a deadly business." -Roger Johns, award-winning author of Dark River Rising
"Clever shifts in time and perspective keep readers on their toes, and a surprising and highly satisfying conclusion ties the story together." -Authors Reading
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Average rating from 2 members
Thoroughly enjoyable read from a new author and I look forward to more from him.
Good believable storyline in general, although the expected does happen a couple of times, which was easy to see though, but nonetheless, I did enjoy it.
"In Danger of Judgement" is an intriguing story of somethings that might have gone on in the dark world of Vietnam. Covert operations that we know about in Cambodia have given rise to speculation about operations described in this book. It is a work of fiction but could be built around real life of the CIA, governmental complicity, and strong men who had a bent for criminality.
The story was well developed and after starting a little slowly became a full-throated roar of action. This might mean more to those who remember the war in 'Nam but can also be instructive in painting a picture for those too young to remember it.
Living in a more modern 1987 Chicago where the drug dealers reigned, there is one man, Robert Thornton, who is a planner of great ability, whether for legal or illegal purpose. It boils down to two Chicago detectives - Marcelle DeSantis and Bernie Bernardelli, her partner, who must make the case and stop the bad guys,
A great read and most enjoyable. Definitely recommend it.