In Danger of Judgment
by David Rabin
August 8 - September 2, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
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."
While the first half of the novel seemed a bit slow to me, the second half took off and captured me. The plot is an interesting exploration of the potential ramifications of military training and drug dealing during the Vietnam war. Some of the American soldiers continued those practices after the war, honing their skills to deadly perfection.
Rabin has provided a good balance of personal life and suspenseful action. I liked John, the character on the spectrum. I appreciated the information about his psychological condition and how it made him perfect for certain deeds.
This is a good novel for readers who would like an engaging story centering around the activities rumored to have taken place during the Vietnam war. You'll encounter drug lord rivals, more assassinations than can be counted, a couple of tenacious detectives, and a suspenseful end with a good twist. This is the first novel I have read by Rabin. He is a clever writer and I will be looking for more from him.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)