Supreme Justice is a political thriller, set in the near future in which a conservative faction on the Supreme Court has been more than usually active in overturning some iconic liberal precedents. A group decides to do something about this. Since there’s a democrat president, they set out to kill the conservative justices, opening the way for the president to correct the imbalance.
Our hero was literally heroic in taking a bullet for an earlier president. He’s now running his own security business, but still keeps up his contacts with the local police. When the first justice is gunned down in what looks like a robbery gone bad, he’s called in to analyze the security video. His opinion is inconvenient. He suggests the robbery was a sham and this was an assassination. As a reward, he’s recruited on to the task force to investigate.
Although the prose is silky smooth, the plot is somewhat improbable. Despite the twists and turns, it’s fairly obvious what must be happening and who must be responsible. Yes, there are the appropriate thrillerish events with fights and shootings. It may appeal to you as an action book, but it doesn’t really satisfy as food for the brain.
|Thomas & Mercer
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|Mystery, Crime, Thriller