Published By Warner Books
Publish Date: March, 2006
Hardcover, US $24.95
The Jury Master
Robert Dugoni's debut novel carries on the tradition of Scott Turow and Stephen L. Carter as it introduces one of the boldest and most entertaining voices writing legal thrillers today. Attorney David Sloane is beginning to suspect that his professional success stems not from extraordinary legal skills, but a rare gift that allows him to influence, and even control a jury's decisions. Teaming up with a former CIA agent turned recluse and a West Virginia police detective, Sloane will try to solve a murder purposely cast as a suicide. If he can stay alive, he just might expose a 30-year conspiracy that could extend as far as the Oval Office and topple a presidency.
"The Jury Master is a smart and savvy story with more muscle than the average legal thriller. Combining an astonishingly good plot, perfectly drawn characters, and intensely sharp writing, Robert Dugoni has put the thrills back into genre."
"The most impressive thing about this grippling legal thriller is what it doesn't do. Dugoni, a lawyer who coauthored a nonfiction book about an Idaho worker brain-damaged in 1996 by cyanide fumes, opens his debut novel with a wrongful death attorney in San Francisco..."
"Dugoni is well out in front...a writer to watch."
Kirkus Review, January 15, 2006
"This thriller is reminiscent of the early John Grisham and should easily find its way onto the best sellers lists."
"A rapid-fire fictional debut."
"The action keeps coming, so omnivorous thrill seekers who favor Martine and Grisham may want to give Dugoni a look."
Booklist, February 2006
"Scott Turow started it, & the ball started rolling at a furious pace with John Grisham until today legal thrillers are the in thing. Each year at least 50-60 lawyers enter the fray, & the majority of them fizz away soon. But among the lot we got at least three classics -- Stephen Carter's The Emperor Of Ocean Park, Margaret McLean's Under Oath & Kermit Roosevelt's In The Shadow Of The Law easily the best legal thrillers I read over the last three years. When I finished reading The Jury Master, I was sure of one thing, this is going to be the legal thriller of 2006, & Dugoni sure is gonna give them all tough competition.
With tense courtroom action & intense legal suspense The Jury Master proves, to put it mildly, to be an astounding read. Through the protagonist, the suave, debonair attorney David Sloane, the author delivers a punching legal thriller."
--Narayan Radhakrishnan, RebeccasReads.Com Sr. Associate Reviewer
"Looking for a distinctive new voice? Robert Dugoni's debut won't soon be forgotten. THE JURY MASTER is a confident, complex, expansive thriller -- part legal, part political, but always relentlessly paced and exciting."
--Stephen White, New York Times bestselling author of Missing Persons
"John Grisham move over. With his debut courtroom thriller, 'The Jury Master,' Seattle author Robert Dugoni explodes from the tired pack of Grisham wannabes with a riveting tale of murder, treachery and skullduggery at the highest levels."
Seattle Times, March 28, 2006
"THE JURY MASTER is an exhilarating thriller about heroes who won't take 'no' for an answer - from the government or anyone else. This novel will make you wish you were brave. I could not put it down."
--Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Body Double
"THE JURY MASTER is the finest legal thriller I have read in years. I became immersed in Robert Dugoni's story from page one and quickly grew to care about the characters and what happened to them. The ending had me gasping for air."
--Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of Society
"THE JURY MASTER is a high-concept thriller of the first order, delivered in high-octane prose. Robert Dugoni is a bona fide new talent, and THE JURY MASTER is a winner."--John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Motive"Dugoni combines interesting characters, shrewd plotting, and lots of action in an entertaining package...a well-crafted and entertaining read."
"It is a story that takes the reader on an exhilarating ride as David Sloane tries to get back his life. The plot is interesting and the book is filled with a great cast of characters who are sure to capture your interest. Be sure to add this one to your reading list. It is highly recommended."
"Anyone who loves a good mystery will want to read this book. Personally I enjoyed it very much and will look for his next book. "The Jury Master" is a real page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat."
"Robert Dugoni's skilled writing will certainly tempt readers to get their hands on any other books he might write in the future. Don't miss THE JURY MASTER, it's a great first book."
"If you're into amazing settings and well-crafted characters, Dugoni is the man to read."
"The Jury Master is a who dunnit's delight, especially since the 'who' in this case involves not a single individual but several, all for varying reasons with the last one that of revenge. Author Robert Dugoni has provided the murder-mystery genre with a story to be remembered ? a standout in a field clogged with other quite competent new authors, none of whom are able to offer such compelling suspense."
"Dugoni raises the page-turner to a new level, giving us more suspense than the DaVinci Code ever hoped for, and far more depth...Robert Dugoni follows in the footsteps of John Grisham and Michael Crichton, and if he continues in this vein, his books could well become an enduring literary phenomenon."
"Robert Dugoni's debut novel is non-stop action. The information needed to break the case is provided slowly but with such intensity that you don't want to put the book down."
"Dugoni has turned out a cliff-hanging, nonstop thriller that crisscrosses the country and involves the highest levels of government in cover-up and scandal that will keep reader guessing. "
"The Jury Master, I was sure of one thing, this is going to be the legal thriller of 2006, & Dugoni sure is gonna give them all tough competition. With tense courtroom action & intense legal suspense The Jury Master proves, to put it mildly, to be an astounding read."
"Dugoni keeps THE JURY MASTER moving quickly by alternating amongst his various plot threads while bringing the principals ever closer to each other, reaching a conclusion and a relationship that is totally unexpected. Whether he will bring back any of the surviving characters for another go-around remains to be seen. But what THE JURY MASTER demonstrates is that, in one book, Dugoni can create enough memorable characters and action scenes to fill three. You can't ask for much more than that."
"The Jury Master is an unusual and gripping thriller."
"This is a terrific thriller that is made plausible by a wonderful cast who seem very real especially the attorney and former Fed on the run and their persistent adversaries. The storyy line is action-packed from the moment that Sloane wins his latest case and never slows down until the final get together in Seattle with a Bird poster and Sam the dog."
"Dugoni manages to bring it all together at lighting fast speed in this superb, action-packed debut thriller."