Jury of One Attorney/author David Ellis creates an authentic world of corrupt cops, ambitious politicians, and dogged PIs. But Jury of One is still a generally bland legal… 2004-03-25 Fiction
Book Review

Jury Of One (2004)

Details Release Date: Mar 25, 2004; Writer: David Ellis; Genre: Fiction

Attorney/author David Ellis creates an authentic world of corrupt cops, ambitious politicians, and dogged PIs. But Jury of One is still a generally bland legal thriller, occasionally enlivened by compelling courtroom theatrics and a compassionate heroine, children's rights attorney Shelly Trotter. Here, Shelly defends teenage Alex, a small-time cocaine dealer accused of murdering a rogue cop. But the frequent flashbacks to Shelly's own traumatic adolescence seem overwrought (''the nights a young woman lies awake, stroking her swollen belly, dreaming of the child she will never know''), and Ellis lapses into soap opera prose in an unnecessary romantic subplot (''Shelly detected a hint of his cologne and felt a stirring''). The pretension tends to overshadow Jury's genuine surprises.

Originally posted Mar 26, 2004 Published in issue #757 Mar 26, 2004 Order article reprints
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