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Jury Town

Author : Stephen Frey
Published: 29 September 2015
Reviewed: 08 October 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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Copy kindly supplied by Thomas and Mercer in return for an honest review via NetGalley.

 

4 out of 5 stars

Even the most incorruptible juror can be unwittingly influenced by others’ opinions in the digital age, but more sinister forces are at work: jury tampering has reached all-time highs. Unexpected verdicts are coming down more and more often, indicating that shadowy groups may be blackmailing jurors—and leaving the American justice system in shambles. Is impartiality even possible anymore?

Victoria Lewis, former governor of Virginia, thinks it is—and she has a plan to fix the broken system. Her home state is about to select two hundred citizens to become full-time jurors. Those chosen will live in a refurbished prison for two years, where they’ll be completely isolated from society and protected from all outside influences.

But someone always finds a way to cheat the system. And when a deadly political conspiracy reveals corruption that poisons even the highest echelons of government, everything Victoria has created stands on the brink of destruction. Can she protect the jurors, the justice system—or even herself?

In 1992 a young girl called Victoria Lewis arrives outside Archer Prison to meet her father upon his release from incarceration for a crime he is adamant he did not commit, and was a victim of jury tampering.
Fast forward to present day, and the little girl is now a grown woman who has served as Governor and is spearheading a project to create “professional jurors” called Project Archer, or as she is keen to remind people “Jury Town”.
Symbolically, the building being used for the Project is the prison Victoria’s father was once resident.  the prison has had a massive overhaul, now boasting gyms, high tec. computing and cinema equipment (for link up to courtrooms around the State of Virginia), and à la carte menu.  

The aim is to create a legal system free from abuse, bribery and repute.  But there are many who would like to see it fail.  Victoria must battle her enemies, both hidden and ones in plain sight, as well as her controlling drug habit, all whilst seeming completely calm and controlled as the face of Jury Town. 

With conspiracy, corruption and politics playing a huge role in this novel, the pace is quick, the jump in narration between those plotting the death of Victoria and the supporters of the Project make for interesting reading.  As conspiracies go, the rot goes right through the organisations and seeing the lengths that some are prepared to go to just to get the outcome that suits them is very well written in this novel.

There are many things I could say about this novel, but it would give away too much, and I am keen not to spoil it for others.  But this is definitely a multi-layered thriller, thought provoking but thoroughly enjoyable. 

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Thriller, Political and Fiction genres. 

I would like to thank Thomas and Mercer for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 29th September 2015.  A copy can be purchased here Jury Town (UK Paperback)
 

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