With prejudice

Robin Peguero

Book - 2022

"Gabriel Soto is a social recluse accused of the murder of Melina Mora, a free-spirited and deeply loved young woman. At the center of the media spotlight is Sandy Grunwald, an ambitious young female prosecutor whose political fortunes depend on her using the limited evidence to secure a conviction. But the criminal justice system is complicated, and everyone has a story--especially the jury. With striking originality and expert storytelling, the ensemble cast comes alive on the page, and a...s their stories are revealed, their own experiences, biases, and beliefs-not the facts of the case-are what ultimately shape the verdict."--

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Subjects
Genres
Suspense fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Legal fiction (Literature)
Published
New York : Grand Central Publishing 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
314 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781538706282
1538706288
Main Author
Robin Peguero (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Gabriel Soto, the defendant in Peguero's unimpressive debut, is on trial for abducting, raping, and killing Melina Mora, despite Mora's body never having been found. The prosecution, led by Sandy Grunwald, an irritating type A lawyer, hinges its case on forensic evidence, principally strands of Mora's hair found in Soto's home on a farm in Homestead, Fla. Shortly before trial, a surprise discovery on the defendant's hard drive—a trove of exclusively homosexual porn videos—gives Soto's attorney new hope for acquittal by arguing that a man who had no sexual interest in women must be innocent, and forces Grunwald to regroup. Her manic trial prep, which includes asking the main police investigator to reenact Grunwald's theory of the crime by pinning her down with his body on a table in Soto's home, is too over-the-top to make her credible. Unrealistic courtroom scenes, as when Grunwald attempts to rehabilitate a witness on redirect with unobjected-to leading questions, don't help, nor does awkward prose ("Like refracting mirrors set up to face one another, their gorgeousness multiplied exponentially"). Legal thriller fans can safely take a pass. Agent: Michael Nardullo, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary. (May) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Seven jurors must come together to make one of the most important decisions of their lives in a high-profile murder case, while an ambitious young prosecutor, a preening defense attorney and a judge use their experiences, biases and beliefs to ultimately shape the verdict. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Gabriel Soto is a social recluse accused of the murder of Melina Mora, a free-spirited and deeply loved young woman. At the center of the media spotlight is Sandy Grunwald, an ambitious young female prosecutor whose political fortunes depend on her using the limited evidence to secure a conviction. But the criminal justice system is complicated, and everyone has a story--especially the jury. With striking originality and expert storytelling, the ensemble cast comes alive on the page, and as their stories are revealed, their own experiences, biases, and beliefs-not the facts of the case-are what ultimately shape the verdict."--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The "exciting" and "clever" debut thriller (New York Times Book Review): No one knows what happened that night. Seven strangers must decide. Earl Thomas, a straight-laced taxman with his fair share of police encounters, is the begrudging foreperson in a high-stakes trial in Miami. Laura Hurtado-Perez is a physician whose unassuming manner conceals a private pain. Joseph Cole is the founder of his local neighborhood watch, unduly obsessed with the families around him. Along with four others, these jurors of varying ages and walks of life whose paths would likely never have otherwise crossed must come together to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. On the night Melina Mora, a free-spirited woman both proud and kind, was murdered, she was seen with a young man of Gabriel Soto’s description. Two strands of her hair were found in his bedroom. Sandy Grunwald, a young prosecutor whose political ambitions depend on securing a conviction, finds herself pitted against Jordan Whipple, a preening public defender armed with a freshly discovered, dynamite piece of evidence on the eve of the trial—if the Honorable Darla Tackett will admit it. What Sandy, Jordan, and Judge Tackett all know, however, is that the criminal justice system is complicated, and everyone has a story—especially the jury. And it’s their experiences, biases, and beliefs that will ultimately shape the verdict. With striking originality and expert storytelling, Robin Peguero’s debut novel explores the prejudice that hangs over every trial in America. You’ve never read a legal thriller quite like this. There’s never been a thriller writer quite like Peguero. And you will not be able to predict how it all ends.