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THE HANGING JUDGE by Michael Ponsor


Booklist Review

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association.

This gripping legal thriller is told from the unique perspective of the federal court judge presiding over the first death penalty case in Massachusetts in more than 50 years. The moral issue here is highlighted by an occasional chapter dedicated to the telling of the true story of an 1806 hanging, the result of a verdict that was reversed 200 years later. A drive-by shooting is at the root of the present-day case. A Hispanic drug dealer and an innocent bystander are killed, and a sharp cop ends up nabbing the getaway driver, who gives the name, Moon Hudson, as the shooter. Moon is a family man, married with a baby, but he also has a past that the jury will never hear about. The state's case hinges on the word of a gangbanger who has agreed to testify in exchange for a lighter sentence, and Moon's life hangs in the balance. Richard North Patterson tackled a similar subject in Conviction (2005) with considerably more passion, but perhaps the lesser passion here stems from Ponsor's decision to use an impartial judge as his narrator.

Alesi, Stacy Copyright 2010 Booklist


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