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A young man is brutally murdered. His distraught girlfriend is the prime suspect. Her aunt, Caroline Masters, about to take up a top job in the US Court of Appeals, decides to defend the young woman in the murder trial. But this will be Caroline's first contact with her family in almost twenty years, and as she prepares the case and goes through the trial, long forgotten s A young man is brutally murdered. His distraught girlfriend is the prime suspect. Her aunt, Caroline Masters, about to take up a top job in the US Court of Appeals, decides to defend the young woman in the murder trial. But this will be Caroline's first contact with her family in almost twenty years, and as she prepares the case and goes through the trial, long forgotten secrets re-surface, pitting Caroline against not only the police and prosecution, but also against her father (a retired judge), her sister and the memory of her young self when she, too, lost a boyfriend in suspicious circumstances. The Final Judgement is a powerful, poignant, page-turning legal thriller that confirms Richard North Patterson as among the very best writers in the bookselling area.


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A young man is brutally murdered. His distraught girlfriend is the prime suspect. Her aunt, Caroline Masters, about to take up a top job in the US Court of Appeals, decides to defend the young woman in the murder trial. But this will be Caroline's first contact with her family in almost twenty years, and as she prepares the case and goes through the trial, long forgotten s A young man is brutally murdered. His distraught girlfriend is the prime suspect. Her aunt, Caroline Masters, about to take up a top job in the US Court of Appeals, decides to defend the young woman in the murder trial. But this will be Caroline's first contact with her family in almost twenty years, and as she prepares the case and goes through the trial, long forgotten secrets re-surface, pitting Caroline against not only the police and prosecution, but also against her father (a retired judge), her sister and the memory of her young self when she, too, lost a boyfriend in suspicious circumstances. The Final Judgement is a powerful, poignant, page-turning legal thriller that confirms Richard North Patterson as among the very best writers in the bookselling area.

30 review for The Final Judgment

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Explosive read! excellent storytelling that involves the unexpredictable,suspenseful and thriller plot twists & turns with very good writing (paperback!)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    Explosive read! excellent storytelling that involves the unexpredictable,suspenseful and thriller plot twists & turns with very good writing also (paperback!)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    SPOILERS I read the large print of this book and I think some of the words were missing in some of sentences, because I had a hard time figuring out what some sentences meant. This was difficult to read because of the subject matter and how it all played out in the end. I cannot understand how the grandfather could take someones life and then let his granddaughter take the blame for it. His smug reasoning was it was only 3 weeks in jail. I have read other books by this author and the story moves SPOILERS I read the large print of this book and I think some of the words were missing in some of sentences, because I had a hard time figuring out what some sentences meant. This was difficult to read because of the subject matter and how it all played out in the end. I cannot understand how the grandfather could take someones life and then let his granddaughter take the blame for it. His smug reasoning was it was only 3 weeks in jail. I have read other books by this author and the story moves along quickly and even though they are several hundred pages, it really doesn't take that long to read because of the action. I loved the cross examination that Jackson and Caroline did towards the end of the book. I could definitely see this happening in real life. I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I REALLY enjoyed this author! A very compelling story with intrigue from the start about a middle aged attorney on the cusp of receiving a Presidential nomination to a judgeship who is then thrust back unwittingly to her hometown and long estranged family. The writing is sharp, focused, not overly descriptive or bogged down with minutiae. The pace is very good flipping back to the past at just the right times to fill in pockets of history necessary to the murder mystery unfolding in the present. I REALLY enjoyed this author! A very compelling story with intrigue from the start about a middle aged attorney on the cusp of receiving a Presidential nomination to a judgeship who is then thrust back unwittingly to her hometown and long estranged family. The writing is sharp, focused, not overly descriptive or bogged down with minutiae. The pace is very good flipping back to the past at just the right times to fill in pockets of history necessary to the murder mystery unfolding in the present. While I had correctly guessed rather early who the murderer is, I was pleasantly surprised at the twists and reveals that lead there. Very well done!

  5. 5 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    A twisted thriller that combines law, mystery and a look behind the scenes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ralph Strong

    wordy...too much back and forth

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Dickison

    Good tale by Mr. Patterson. Caroline Masters is called back to her hometown in New England to defend her neice who has been unjustly accused for a murder. Recommended!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Tican

    Read from a condensed version. Patterson writes a very enthralling story that tears into one's heart and emotions. Caroline Masters is a strong contender for judgeship into the appellate court when her niece Brett Allen was arrested for killing her boyfriend (at Brett's secluded lakefront property) when under the influence of booze and weed. Why Caroline left her hometown and finished her law degree as well as practiced law elsewhere is what this book is all about. The secrets of her past are al Read from a condensed version. Patterson writes a very enthralling story that tears into one's heart and emotions. Caroline Masters is a strong contender for judgeship into the appellate court when her niece Brett Allen was arrested for killing her boyfriend (at Brett's secluded lakefront property) when under the influence of booze and weed. Why Caroline left her hometown and finished her law degree as well as practiced law elsewhere is what this book is all about. The secrets of her past are all tied up into this present case involving Brett.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dale Lynch

    A good read with a young man and his girlfriend being drunk and stoned at a secluded location before the young man is brutally murdered by having his throat cut and a knife left in his chest. His girlfriend with severe memory loss is arrested for the crime. The author keeps the reader guessing who is the real murderer throughout the book

  10. 4 out of 5

    Herman

    Rechtbankthrillers zijn niet mijn favoriet onder de spannende boeken, maar deze toch met veel plezier gelezen. Patterson heeft een goede plot bedacht waarbij het tot het laatst onduidelijk blijft hoe het nu precies zit. Goede karakters, die ook allemaal redelijk tot ontwikkeling komen. Scènes in de rechtbank zijn wat mij betreft het minst interessant.

  11. 4 out of 5

    John Vanek

    Not my favorite of his many novels.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    This wasn't a quick read. It was well written. Character development was uneven. Plot was predictable. Oh well.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I read this a long time ago and remember liking it a lot.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sue Harris

    Loved this book. A real page turner and very difficult to put down at times.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lee Richie

    An extremely well-written page-turner. I enjoyed the characters and the backstory. Plenty of twists along the way. I'll definitely look up more of Patterson's work.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sonal Gupta

    One of the best murder mysteries I have read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    A bit predictable, but a good read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy L. Campbell

    Pretty standard murder mystery plus court room drama with some familial angst thrown in on top. Characterizations are decent, if a little dated. The twist ending was pretty predictable, although I didn't quite know who the murderer was until the reveal. The writing is a bit clunky in some areas, but is a vast improvement over some of the more current drivel I've forced myself to read recently. This is not my typical genre, but I would probably be willing to give Patterson another shot. Caroline M Pretty standard murder mystery plus court room drama with some familial angst thrown in on top. Characterizations are decent, if a little dated. The twist ending was pretty predictable, although I didn't quite know who the murderer was until the reveal. The writing is a bit clunky in some areas, but is a vast improvement over some of the more current drivel I've forced myself to read recently. This is not my typical genre, but I would probably be willing to give Patterson another shot. Caroline Masters, the main character, was pretty well fleshed out and developed despite being a lawyer rather than a detective, victim, or suspect. It was nice seeing a female in a fairly positive position rather than dead or constantly having to prove herself to male peers. Masters seemed completely confident in her abilities, without falling prey to being "too perfect." There's a healthy dose of sex sprinkled throughout the book without being vulgar, or making Masters look like an irresponsibly promiscuous sexy lawyer type. I rather liked that this was more about Masters resolving her issues with the past than completely about the trial and the end was pretty satisfying if you like nice neat packages at the end of your plot. So there's nothing really remarkable, but if you're in the need of some mediocre fare in between something especially horrible or something especially brilliant, this may be a good choice. I won this through the Forgotten Bookmarks blog, but am under no obligation to review the books from the publisher or author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ~mad

    from amazon.com: "Richard North Patterson frequently rejects the label "legal thriller" for his novels, and The Final Judgement works hard to transcend this limiting category. A cleverly assembled murder mystery told with rich prose ("Moonlight refracted on the still, obsidian waters of the lake and traced the pines and birches and elms surrounding it. The only sound Brett heard was the rise and fall of James's breathing.") and filled with a cast of quirky small-town New Englanders, the novel ul from amazon.com: "Richard North Patterson frequently rejects the label "legal thriller" for his novels, and The Final Judgement works hard to transcend this limiting category. A cleverly assembled murder mystery told with rich prose ("Moonlight refracted on the still, obsidian waters of the lake and traced the pines and birches and elms surrounding it. The only sound Brett heard was the rise and fall of James's breathing.") and filled with a cast of quirky small-town New Englanders, the novel ultimately succeeds through Patterson's talents as a writer, not just as a plotter." Read another of his books, Exiled, and enjoyed. So we will see about this one..... 11.26.11 - enjoyed this one just as much. Good narrative, and suspense. I didn't figure it out til the end - but, that's not saying much. Will now pick up another of his books each trip to the library. Now the sun on the front porch to begin, The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. Take note - apparently, I read an entirely different genre of books when I am not purchasing them in hardcover for myself!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    A good read, the heroine Caroline Masters is about to be appointed as a court judge when she hears that her niece is suspected of the murder of her boyfriend. She travels to where her family, including Caroline's father, live which is on the North East Coast of America. There are a couple of flashbacks - one where we find that Caroline's mother died in a car crash after having an affair with a local lothario and the other tells us that Caroline had a fling with a man who was a Vietnam draft dodg A good read, the heroine Caroline Masters is about to be appointed as a court judge when she hears that her niece is suspected of the murder of her boyfriend. She travels to where her family, including Caroline's father, live which is on the North East Coast of America. There are a couple of flashbacks - one where we find that Caroline's mother died in a car crash after having an affair with a local lothario and the other tells us that Caroline had a fling with a man who was a Vietnam draft dodger. The last we hear about this man is when he decamps via boat in the general direction of Canada after someone, we think Caroline's father, snitches on him to the local law. Meanwhile, in the present, the prosecution have found a 'witness' with some potentially damaging testimony against her niece. Caroline decides to take the case, and there are some enjoyable court room scenes in the book. I didn't spot the twist in the story, which is always a good sign for me, and the tale has a satisfactory and understandable ending. My favourite book so far by this author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    After reading Protect and Defend, the book in which Caroline Masters is nominated for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, I wanted to read the book which supplies her back story and that of her daughter Brett. The plot is fast paced and compelling but, as with other Patterson books, the number of horrors one family inflicts on itself is incredible. Why Betty would tell her father about Caroline's illicit boyfriend, for example, is a little hard to swallow. Was her father supposed to be so gratef After reading Protect and Defend, the book in which Caroline Masters is nominated for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, I wanted to read the book which supplies her back story and that of her daughter Brett. The plot is fast paced and compelling but, as with other Patterson books, the number of horrors one family inflicts on itself is incredible. Why Betty would tell her father about Caroline's illicit boyfriend, for example, is a little hard to swallow. Was her father supposed to be so grateful he would turn away from Caroline and toward Betty? Could Larry really be so blind to the consequences of moving back to his father-in-law's town and therefore orbit? And most of all, would Caroline really agree to defend her own daughter in a murder trial? Admittedly, she'd given said daughter up for adoption twenty-two years before, but still... Nevertheless, this was a great page turner and an irresistible summer read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Caroline Masters is a lawyer. Her father is a retired judge & Caroline has high hopes of becoming a judge. She is being considered for an appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Just as everything she has worked so hard for & hoped for is about to happen, she receives a plea for help from a family member on the opposite coast where Caroline currently resides. There are several reasons for Caroline's decision to live as far away from her family as she could possibly get and yet she is d Caroline Masters is a lawyer. Her father is a retired judge & Caroline has high hopes of becoming a judge. She is being considered for an appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Just as everything she has worked so hard for & hoped for is about to happen, she receives a plea for help from a family member on the opposite coast where Caroline currently resides. There are several reasons for Caroline's decision to live as far away from her family as she could possibly get and yet she is drawn back to help them. Page after page, the reader discovers what sent Caroline packing & what drew her back. I enjoy courtroom drama, mystery and suspence. This book had all that and it held my attention long enough to make it to the end where everything becomes apparent. It was okay...better than some but not "a must read".

  23. 4 out of 5

    L

    Not half bad as these books go, with a well thought out plot line. I guess the problem is that as I get older and older I've seen so many stories develop that from the start I knew immediately both who would be guilty and who would temporarily appear to be the villian. You know how you've seen so many actors that catching sight of a character actor on Law and Order immediately tips you off that he's the criminal as they wouldn't pay extra just for a witness. This book had the same effect on the Not half bad as these books go, with a well thought out plot line. I guess the problem is that as I get older and older I've seen so many stories develop that from the start I knew immediately both who would be guilty and who would temporarily appear to be the villian. You know how you've seen so many actors that catching sight of a character actor on Law and Order immediately tips you off that he's the criminal as they wouldn't pay extra just for a witness. This book had the same effect on the page, those paper characters I have seen before and I know the trajectory for each one. I sort of think it should be filed in can-i-have-my-five-hours-back but it wasn't horrible or anything just somewhat easy to predict.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jak60

    This is one of the early books y R N Patterson, but it starts featuring a character that will play important roles in future novels, as well as the style we will find in his future books. Final Judgement is an intense thriller, where personal and family stories are nicely blended with the legal plot; we start seeing in this novel the author's ability of giving texture and depth to his key characters. I had read this book almost 20 years ago and I found it in my hands again in these days: I can s This is one of the early books y R N Patterson, but it starts featuring a character that will play important roles in future novels, as well as the style we will find in his future books. Final Judgement is an intense thriller, where personal and family stories are nicely blended with the legal plot; we start seeing in this novel the author's ability of giving texture and depth to his key characters. I had read this book almost 20 years ago and I found it in my hands again in these days: I can say that I enjoyed it as the first time.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    The book has two parallel stories that intersect at the end. Part of the book is a murder investigation / courtroom drama and the other part is a story about the young woman who is a defense lawyer in the court case. The book had me guessing until the end. There are multiple possibilities and I didn't have it figured out completely until I read the end - just the way I like it. The characters are convincing; they feel real. The family drama will probably be familiar in tone to many of us. All in The book has two parallel stories that intersect at the end. Part of the book is a murder investigation / courtroom drama and the other part is a story about the young woman who is a defense lawyer in the court case. The book had me guessing until the end. There are multiple possibilities and I didn't have it figured out completely until I read the end - just the way I like it. The characters are convincing; they feel real. The family drama will probably be familiar in tone to many of us. All in all - the book was a good read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Haris

    A defense attorney, nominated for a federal judgeship, returns to her New Hampshire hometown to defend her niece accused of murdering her boyfriend. In the process has to deal with her estranged family and the secrets buried among them all. A page-turner I worked my way through in the course of two flights. Cleverly plotted, with just enough description to give you a setting but not so much as to slow down the pacing. The only blemish is a long flash-back in the second half that should have been A defense attorney, nominated for a federal judgeship, returns to her New Hampshire hometown to defend her niece accused of murdering her boyfriend. In the process has to deal with her estranged family and the secrets buried among them all. A page-turner I worked my way through in the course of two flights. Cleverly plotted, with just enough description to give you a setting but not so much as to slow down the pacing. The only blemish is a long flash-back in the second half that should have been shorter and fronted earlier. Recommended, for fans of legal suspense.

  27. 5 out of 5

    lynn

    Caroline Masters is awaiting appointment to judge on the Appeals Court, something for which she has aspired from a very young age. Then her niece is charged with the gruesome murder of her boyfriend and Caroline's father asks her to return home to defend her. This brings forth all kinds of memories as she has not been home on over 20 years. The flashbacks to her childhood and the nuances of a dysfunctional family make for an intriguing tale, not to mention all the emotions surrounding her prepar Caroline Masters is awaiting appointment to judge on the Appeals Court, something for which she has aspired from a very young age. Then her niece is charged with the gruesome murder of her boyfriend and Caroline's father asks her to return home to defend her. This brings forth all kinds of memories as she has not been home on over 20 years. The flashbacks to her childhood and the nuances of a dysfunctional family make for an intriguing tale, not to mention all the emotions surrounding her preparation for the trial of her niece. Keeps you on the edge of your seat.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A young man is murdered and the scarce evidence points to a young woman who seems innocent to the reader. The young man is not very likeable, but still the murder is a tragedy. But wait, it gets worse. This is a story full of mostly unlikeable characters with a plot that's rather heavy-handed. One of the main characters has a crisis of conscience, does a bad thing, then apparently suffers no consequences at all. Ugh.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roxann

    This book has some subplots within the main story. There are also lots of twists. The main story is about one of Patterson's recurring characters, Caroline Masters. Caroline's character is about to become a judge when she is called 'back home' because her niece is charged with murdering a boyfriend. This book does give a little more background into Caroline and who and why she is the way she is. Good book, but I could have done without as many subplots and twists.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    I have been looking for a new author and I think I found him with Richard North Patterson. The Final Judgment is excellent. I like that it takes place in New Hampshire. His description of New England is excellent and reminded me a lot of when we lived in Vermont. It is a most entertaining legal thriller with several twists and turns along the way. I struggled with putting it down. A must read.

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