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Judgment Calls (Samantha Kincaid, Bk 1)
Judgment Calls - Samantha Kincaid, Bk 1
Author: Alafair Burke
After three years on the job in Portland's Drug and Vice Division, Deputy DA Samantha Kincaid gets what she wants: her first case with the Major Crimes Team. — Kendra Martin, a 13-year-old runaway, has been found drugged, viciously assaulted, and left for dead in the Columbia River Gorge. Despite pressures to kick the case to assault, Samantha go...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312997205
ISBN-10: 0312997205
Publication Date: 5/4/2004
Pages: 359
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 59 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Judgment Calls (Samantha Kincaid, Bk 1) on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
A little slow beginning with lots of information about court procedures, but it picks up soon and never stops zooming. A very good read by a new author.
reviewed Judgment Calls (Samantha Kincaid, Bk 1) on + 23 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Good book from James Lee Burke's daughter.
reviewed Judgment Calls (Samantha Kincaid, Bk 1) on + 46 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Enjoyed this book (a Samantha Kincaid Mystery)by the daughter of one of my favorite writers, James Lee Burke. She's good!!!
Sleepy26177 avatar reviewed Judgment Calls (Samantha Kincaid, Bk 1) on + 218 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Samantha Kincaid has been working as a Deputy District Attorney for the last three years when she takes on a case that might make or break her. 13-year-old Kendra Martin is a heroin addict who prostitutes to support her addiction. She has been found sexually assaulted and left for dead. Despite the victim's circumstances she delivers a quite good witness statement and is able to identify one of the two culprits. The man she identified is Frank Derringer, who has been released on parole after sexually assaulting a young girl. His fingerprint is found on Kendra's purse, his car suspiciously has been overpainted and overhauled from the inside the day after Kendra's assault.
It seems to Samantha that she's got the case in the bag and Derringer might as well admit of what he did. Unfortunately during a fast trial the defense smashes each and every evidence Samantha has gathered and even opens up to compare Kendra's assault to a case a few years ago where the suspects have been trialed and sent onto death row.

With her personal romantic relationship to an in both cases involved detective Samantha is taken from the case but her mind doesn't rest. What is it that she didn't notice the first time around ? Something is nagging in the back of her brain and she has to figure it out fast before Frank Derringer and presumably his brother Derrick get away.


One thing is for sure, readers who read Burke's two novels of the Ellie Hatcher series (Dead Connection and Angel's Tips) almost won't recognize the same author in the first few chapters of this book. It gave me a hard time to focus on all the maneuverings around the case. However after the first initial "shock" I got into it. As always what Burke writes makes sense to the reader and she closes the book with no open questions.
Characters however felt surprisingly short which might as well be the result of the first person telling by Samantha herself. Being the first published book of hers I certainly cut her some slack and found the book quite good for a first publication.

Knowing Alafair Burke I'll sure read the following books in the Kincaid series. I'll trust they will be better than her debut novel.
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Helpful Score: 1
a good book. but written dry.
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rushbo avatar reviewed Judgment Calls (Samantha Kincaid, Bk 1) on + 13 more book reviews
Great read! Action packed and a real page turner! I haven't read may by Alafair Burke, but I will certainly be reading more. I enjoyed Samantha Kincaid and will be looking for more in this series.
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Just couldn't get into this book, it didn't even start out very good but it got so far off track of what this story is about by describing every 'case' remembered by Kincaid or someone's case or whatever, I just lost complete interest because it just wasn't moving along very good.
havaneselu avatar reviewed Judgment Calls (Samantha Kincaid, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
This is the first book by Alafair Burke that I've read. I'm impressed. Her protagonist is likable and the supporting characters were well developed. The dry humor of her protagonist added to the pleasure of reading this book.