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The Judgement

By William J. Coughlin

As winter descends upon Detroit, ace lawyer Charley Sloan is drawn into a case that involves the bizarre murders of small children.

Someone is killing them, bathing their bodies and washing their clothes. They are wrapping them in plastic, and placing them in the new-fallen snow. Laid out like little angels, peacefully asleep. The serial murders seem unsolvable, for the killer is elusive and very clever.

Detroit’s powerful police chief, Mark Conroy, asks Charley to defend him against charges that he stole millions from the department’s secret cash fund, a fund meant to pay off informants. It’s a case that grabs headlines and is fraught with scandal, politics, and graft. Charley has to find the real embezzler before an innocent man is put away and his own career is ruined.

Once again, Charley finds himself torn between two big cases that hurtle him into a web of danger and deceit.

The Judgment is a compulsively readable novel by an acknowledged master.

William J. Coughlinhas combined a career as a United States administrative judge in Detroit with that of a best-selling novelist. His previous, highly acclaimed and successful novels are His Father’s Daughter, Her Honor, In the Presence of Enemies and Shadow of a Doubt.

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