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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (600 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alafair Burke Narrator: Betty Bobbitt Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN:
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An apparently simple assault case spirals into a complex web of violence and deception in this bold debut thriller.

Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid walks into her office in Portland's Drug and Vice Division one morning to find the sergeant of the police bureau's vice unit waiting for her. A 13-year-old girl has been brutally attacked and left for dead on the city's outskirts. Given the lack of evidence, most lawyers would settle for an assault charge; Samantha, unnerved by the viciousness of the crime, decides to go for attempted murder. But as she prepares for the trial, she uncovers a dangerous trail leading to an earlier high-profile death penalty case, a prostitution ring of underage girls, and a possible serial killer.

In Samantha Kincaid, Alafair Burke has created a complex, appealing character. Seamlessly moving between courtroom and criminal investigation, Judgment Calls reveals not only an insider's knowledge of the justice system but a fresh new voice in the world of crime writing. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolgene | 2/15/2014

    " Judgement Calls, is well written by an author that knows what she is writing about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 2/10/2014

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Samantha Kincaid (first in series); prosecutor works case on rape and attempted murder of 13 year-old prostitute, but is caught off guard when anonymous letters admit to this and other crimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 G Crawshaw | 1/23/2014

    " Neither the best or worst book I've ever read, somewhere inbetween "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/14/2014

    " Maybe I view the author in comparison with her father, James Lee Burke. It would be hard to be as good an author as he is. In particular, when he uses coarse language in his writing, I can tolerate it better because it is not gratuitious and seems right for that specific character. I think Alafair Burke uses coarse language indiscriminately, which I don't care for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 1/11/2014

    " the daughter of my favorite author in the world.....good book, someday maybe she will join him as my favorite! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 1/9/2014

    " Not a bad book. I like the final twist it gave, but it still seems like it was missing something. Still I will look for Alafair's other books in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 12/28/2013

    " I read the current novel by this author and decided I wanted to read some of her previous books. I like this kind of legal thriller and enjoyed the first in her series about Samatha Kincaid. I'll definitely look for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/18/2013

    " Just found the author and am quite enjoying her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/15/2013

    " Meet Samantha Kincaid - you will be glad you did! She's a smart tough DA in beautiful Portland Oregon, and when a case leads her down a hard trail, she follows. Burke lives up to her name (her father is James Lee Burke, author of the Dave Robicheaux series, among other books) and crafts a good tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trisha Jones | 12/5/2013

    " Crime fiction centered around heroine Samantha Kincaid. You needed a glossary for the police/court acronyms filling every page. Looking up DDA, MCT, DVD, SCF, PPB, etc. constantly was a pain in the ASS. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 11/21/2013

    " Good first book . However, all the legal terms were a bit distracting (they were too much for insiders, or people in the legal professions).I hope that this will be corrected in the following books . I will read other books from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harriet | 10/14/2013

    " The first 1/3 of the book was great. I really was enjoying it. Then it got bogged down in the courtroom. I skimmed some in order to finish the book. Very complicated plot that got bogged down in the details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaRaine P | 5/6/2013

    " Tried a little to hard without enough humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony Rothwell | 10/13/2012

    " Must be in the DNA. Excellent stuff written by an expert in the law. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manduca Sexta | 7/13/2012

    " i wasn't totally drawn into this book. the protagonist was interesting and the case was interesting, but it just didn't absorb me. maybe there was neither enough humor nor angst. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. | 6/23/2012

    " Reads like a first novel -- clunky in places, plot-wise -- but she's clearly inherited her dad's talent (she's James Lee Burke's daughter) and I'm going to keep reading her, based on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 3/9/2012

    " A good mystery with a slightly unbelievable twist at the end. I've read other Samantha Kincaid books and I like the character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally Diamond | 12/10/2011

    " Not nearly as good as I hoped "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/23/2011

    " Excellent first book. I have just discovered this author but really like her character Samantha Kincaid. Already started her second book. I can only suspect that each work is going to be better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bluedaizy | 7/28/2010

    " wanted to like it but didn't. will give this author another try though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/27/2009

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Samantha Kincaid (first in series); prosecutor works case on rape and attempted murder of 13 year-old prostitute, but is caught off guard when anonymous letters admit to this and other crimes.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 8/22/2009

    " Good Book! I started this because I loved her father's books. I also liked that it was set in Portland, being from Oregon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 5/16/2009

    " I picked this book up at Aunt Tenkie's and it was good enough to complete, but was not all that engaging. It was a "

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About the Author
Author Alafair Burke

Alafair Burke is a graduate of Stanford Law School and a former Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon. She is now a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure. She lives in New York City and spends too much time on Facebook and Twitter, but has no plans to quit.