Juror 3 Author:James Patterson Ruby Bozarth, a newcomer to Rosedale, Mississippi, is also fresh to the Mississippi Bar--and to the docket of Circuit Judge Baylor, who taps Ruby as defense counsel in a racially charged felony. The murder of a woman from one of the town's oldest families has Rosedale's upper crust howling for blood, and the prosecutor is counting on Ruby's i... more »nexperience to help him deliver a swift conviction. Ruby's client is a college football star who has returned home after a career-ending injury, and she is determined to build a defense that will stick. She finds help in unexpected quarters from Suzanne, a hard-charging attorney armed to the teeth, and Shorty, a diner cook who knows more than he lets on. Ruby never belonged to the country-club set, but once she nearly married into it. As news breaks of a second murder, Ruby's ex-fiancÚ, Lee Greene, shows up on her doorstep--a Southern gentleman in need of a savior. As lurid, intertwining investigations unfold, no one in Rosedale can be trusted, especially the twelve men and women impaneled on the jury. They may be hiding the most incendiary secret of all.« less
SPOILER** How does this attorney not see the things that she tells us are going on as issues? Show up alone at a crappy neighborhood to meet a clients sleezy friend, who you just learned might have revenge on his mind? How did she not figure this out right away? This was probably the worst book with the Patterson name on it that I have read. I kept waiting for part 1 to tie into part 2 which never did. I like to think that Mr. Patterson only put his name on this and did not actually have anything to do with the story line. Shorty, the love interest, Suzanne the new partner, the guy with the scar. Every character was glossed over with no real substance. I think Shorty...I always felt like some shoe was going to fall and when it didn't I realized I was terribly distracted by his character. Whenever Mr. Patterson writes with someone else I end up loving their books. I am not sure I will bother with this. The Patterson machine broke down on this one. Sorry.