BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - In Danger of Judgment by David Rabin
In Danger of Judgment
by David Rabin
August 8 - September 2, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
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.
Praise for In Danger of Judgment:
"In Danger of Judgment does a masterful job of juggling multiple, full-blooded characters through high-octane storytelling as they make their way to a shocking, violent ending. David Rabin is a name that is sure to become familiar among lovers of best-selling, full-throttle thrillers"
––David Shawn Klein, award-winning author of The Money
"Mr. 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
"Kudos to Mr. Rabin on the high quality of the prose, the thrilling plot with a twist and surprise ending, and the extensive research that went into this novel. I highly recommend it."
––Jill Caugherty, author of Waltz in Swing Time
“Well-developed characters drive Rabin’s taut thriller. . . . the story builds to a lengthy, sensational final act, brimming with well-earned suspense”
"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.... Builds an intricately-plotted crime thriller that’s cinematic and wildly compelling. The author’s prose is concise and 'unputdownable,' skilled at giving a tangible sense of the time period these characters inhabit."
I loved this twisty debut! In Danger of Judgment, we are taken to 1987 Chicago the home of mediocre baseball teams, gangs rule the streets, and a Mexican cartel that ensure the city has plenty of heroin. Chicago Police detectives Marcell and Bernie have caught a series of heroin-related murders. Their jobs become more complicated when they learn that Robert (the man who sabotaged the Vietnam mission) runs the Southeast Asian heroin cartel. After 15 years, he wants revenge.
This book is unique and engaging from start to finish. The suspense in this story is palpable and will keep you wanting more. Being from the Midwest and having been to Chicago many times, the descriptions are vivid and spot on. In a city that has changed over the years, I felt myself back in 1987. The characters are brilliantly written and relatable. I appreciated the backstory and am a huge fan of the Vietnam era. I also liked how the story spanned Asia and North America. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Crime Thriller
Published by: Black Rose Writing
Publication Date: August 4th 2022
Number of Pages: 369
ISBN: 1685130593 (ISBN13: 9781685130596)
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Black Rose Writing
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DAVID RABIN was born in Chicago and raised in its Lakeview neighborhood. He later moved to Atlanta, where he worked as a trial lawyer for thirty-three years. Now retired, he writes fiction, runs a competitive shooting program, and competes in rifle sports, including the discipline of Highpower Rifle, in which he holds two High Master classifications. He and his wife, a former clinical social worker, have two grown sons. In Danger of Judgment is his first novel.
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