Judgment by Joseph Finder


New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder returns with an explosive new thriller about a female judge and the one personal misstep that could lead to her--and her family's--undoing. It was nothing more than a one-night stand. Juliana Brody, a judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, is rumored to be in consideration for the federal circuit, maybe someday the highest court in the land. At a conference in a Chicago hotel, she meets a ge...

Details Judgment

Release DateJan 29th, 2019
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Judgment

  • Susanne Strong
    3.5 Stars* (rounded down)A Complex, Intense Thriller! Juliana is a married Superior Court Judge. While at a Conference she meets a handsome man and for the first time in her life, Juliana cheats on her husband. Little does she know, it’s a set up. Juliana is presiding over a sexual harassment case - and some powerful people would like for her to rule in a very specific way and will do whatever it takes to get her to rule in their favor. That in...
  • Elizabeth
    Judgment has an interesting premise: an up-and-coming judge based in Boston has a one night stand while at a conference in Chicago. A marital risk? Yes, but Judge Juliana Brody decides that since it's very clear it's a onetime moment, it's a minimal risk.Obviously, her judgment is flawed on that. (Sorry, couldn't resist!)Juliana is immediately blackmailed over the one night stand regarding an ongoing case she's presiding over and suddenly she's i...
  • Dave
    Finder’s Judgment explores how even the most sacred institutions could become susceptible to blackmail and how doing the wrong thing is like drowning in quicksand that you keep falling deeper and deeper into. The story features a career-minded Massachusetts Judge who hopped into the wrong bed while at a conference and suddenly finds her marriage and career dangling from a thin thread as her misdeed is used to bend her will and her rulings in a ...
  • Patrice Hoffman
    I have been a fan of Joseph Finder for quite some time now so when I was approved for a review of Judgment I broke into the requisite approved dance and got to reading ASAP. Like other reads by this author, the suspense does not letup and before long, the last page is turned, and the last sentence is read. I always look back like what the hell? I wasn't ready for it to end.Judgment introduces us to the honorable Judge Juliana Brody who usually pl...
  • Ellen
    Joe Finder's standalones are always good, but this one made me so tense in places I actually had to set it down and walk away for a minute or two, while I remembered it was only fiction. Juliana is an extremely believable character, and it's always fun to see how he gets the little details right. (Full disclosure: I'm Joe's researcher.)
  • Deb Jones
    I found this a thoroughly enjoyable read with suspense that built over the entirety of the story, mostly of the psychological type, but with some dead bodies thrown in occasionally. I was always eager to find out what was going to happen next.
  • 3 no 7
    “Judgment” by Joseph Finder poses the question “How much will a mother, wife, judge, do to protect her family?” It is a story rich in complexity and moral challenges. Judge Juliana Brody is Chicago on a business trip when she meets Matías Sanchez. It was just one night, but a night that will change everything about her life forever. Juliana’s husband, Duncan, is a professor at New England Law. There were a few problems in their marriag...
  • Kay
    The Judgement was fast paced and difficult to put down. A great thriller involving a female judge trapped in situation that could ruin her career and family. The characters are good, my favorite - the private investigator.
  • Natalie
    I was amazed at both how much I enjoyed this book as well as how incredibly topical it is. It is the story of Judge Juliana Brody, a judicial star whose life was upended by the mistake of sleeping with a stranger. This proves to be the catalyst for the rest of this totally engrossing thriller. That night becomes her KOMPROMAT, as her life is swallowed by threats from the Russian MAFIYA, demanding that she must obey their wishes or she and her fam...
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    I enjoyed reading this book! I finished it in two days! I was in such a reading slump finally I picked this book and I completely devoured it! The Judgment by Joseph Finder was a complete thrill ride, Juliana Brody is a Superior Court Judge in Boston. While attending a legal conference she decides to have a few drinks at the hotel bar. This is not a normal act by her she usually stops at one and leads a pretty scheduled life and she prides hersel...
  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
    Joseph Finder’s bibliography cuts a wide swath, from his addictive series featuring corporate investigator Nick Heller to his high-concept, stand-alone financial and legal thrillers. His latest novel is set primarily in the legal arena and seems so close to the real world that the reader doesn’t wonder if something like the events portrayed in the book happened, but when.JUDGMENT begins with an interesting setting and quickly ratchets up the ...
  • Steve
    Finder is known for writing plots that could, at least in theory, happen to anyone. The idea being that the protagonist isn't someone of extraordinary means who does something outlandish to trigger the events of the story. In this case, it's the story of a woman's single lapse in judgment that causes a series of peripheral events that threaten to send her life spiraling forever out of control. And the "mission" being, what can one normal person d...
  • Mainlinebooker
    You know you have a good thriller when your legs keep tapping on the ground from anxiety about what will happen next. A good combination of a courtroom procedural with escalating tension that enthralls the reader to read at a fast pace. When Judge Juliana Brody steps out of her normal rule filled life and has a one night affair with a stranger, she learns the hard way the cost of her bad decision. However, when he walks into her courtroom after t...
  • Wayne
    The tension builds from Chapter 1 right up to the final chapter in this terrific novel by Joseph Finder.Juliana Brody, a highly respected Massachusetts judge has to confront an error in judgment that threatens to destroy her family (professor husband, 16 year old son, and 19 year old daughter) and her reputation in legal circles. Her indiscretion brings out unknown enemies with the aim of forcing her to decide in their favor in a case currently b...
  • Vicki
    I'm not usually into crime fiction, but this book appealed to me since it's about a female judge. It was very intense and full of suspense. It seems that Juliana finds trouble at every corner. It also has lots of current references to issues and people relevant today. It was almost like it was non-fiction. I enjoyed this book very much. I received a copy of this book courtesy of the First to Read program.
  • Ron S
    A most satisfying, if predictable, page-turner about a judge being blackmailed and finding scant help in the government of Trump's America. Finder could have developed changes in D.C. far more deeply, or explored issues of sexual harassment post #MeToo, but in the end this is a fine page thriller for a plane ride or the beach you land at.
  • Carol
    Stunning, riveting and emotional read!!A fresh, uniquely page turner with twistsand turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The tension was very thick and well sustained throughout the story.The characters were well developed, veryinteresting and very realistic.A Highly Recommended Read!I volunteered to read Judgment. Thanks to Penguin’s First-to-Read Program for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
  • David Lowrey
    Joseph Finder is a widely read author in the thriller genre and "Judgement' does not disappoint. I found this book compelling and I highly recommend it.Juliana Brody is a judge in Boston and is sitting on a demanding case: a uber-like startup, Breezi, is being sued for sexual harassment by a former female employee. While at a law conference, Juliana makes a bad decision and sleeps with a man who unknown to her is working for Breezi. Their rendezv...
  • Heather
    Thank you to the Penguin Group and Netgalley for a chance to preview this title. Joseph Finder opens this thriller explosively and with intrigue, one of the best beginnings I’ve read in a long time. Judge Juliana Brody doesn’t think much about having a one-night stand while at a conference in Chicago. Then her partner in lust shows up in her courtroom and everything goes sideways. I’ve always enjoyed Finder’s books. In this one he inserts...
  • RJ McGill
    Can one choice change your life? You bet! Just ask Juliana Brody. Superior Court Judge, and the star of Judgment. The new suspense legal thriller from the master of fiction entertainment - Joseph Finder.A single choice. A lapse in judgment. Just one change your life. Just ask Juliana Brody. Superior Court Judge, wife, mother of two, and the star of Joseph Finder's latest stand-alone, suspense-legal-thriller.Far from home, attending yet another bo...
  • Robin Loves Reading
    My rating: 4.5 StarsJudge Juliana Brody made a decision that would most certainly threaten her judgeship, family and her very life. While away at a conference, Juliana makes the errant decision to sleep with someone. Once in a lifetime. They will put it behind them. Not so. Back on the bench, Juliana has a difficult case ahead of her. She is presiding over a sex-discrimination case. This case has garnered national attention. What’s more is that...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    Finder's books, like those of Simon Lelic, are always easy to read and engaging but difficult for me to review afterwards, because when I stop to think about the plot I realize how many times I had to suspend disbelief just to keep reading. This leads me to the concomitant realization that, while they are engaging and generally quick reads, they have a lot more holes in the final analysis than one notices whilst in the midst of the reading... Tha...
  • Ned Frederick
    What can I say? Finder is the Master. I was totally locked in from page 10. Little too Disney at the end maybe. But escape fiction at its best. One thing kind of bothered me, however. The premise of most blackmail-driven narratives has always left me mumbling “oh, come on...” . Blackmail works because victims are under the mistaken impression that they have control options available to them. The reality is that once you did whatever it is tha...
  • Kevin
    Joseph Finder's (GUILTY MINDS) expert thrillers are like bullet trains; they immediately shoot out of the gate and provide breathtaking twists and turns at an adrenaline-pumping pace. Finder boasts a distinctive skill for creating characters of depth and complexity. His forte is spinning tales of ordinary people suddenly thrust into extraordinary situations that require them to outmaneuver trained killers and spies.JUDGMENT's heroine is Massachus...
  • Brei
    I couldn't put Judgment by Joseph Finder down. This thriller by Joseph Finder grabs you from the start and takes you on a thrill ride. Finder introduces you to Judge Juliana Brody a Superior Court Judge in Massachusetts. Judge Brody is on the rise. She is on a short list being considered for federal court. Finder lets you know Judge Brody is a straight arrow until one night when her judgment lapses and she sleeps with a man while on a trip. Judge...
  • David
    I won an online contest and received an advanced reading copy of this book and was delighted to discover that is was autographed by the author. How cool!Finder uses a formula he's used a number of times before. Hero does something compromising and then is under pressure as he tries to find his way out of challenges brought about by his foolish conduct, only to have bad guys further squeeze him. Eventually, the horrified hero concocts a plan that ...
  • Stephanie
    I’m a big fan of Joseph Finder, so was happy to receive a copy of Judgment from Penguin Group Dutton and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This is a standalone novel featuring Judge Juliana Brody, a happily married up-and-coming judicial star goes to a legal conference and does something out of character: she has a one-night stand. She and the man agreed it was a once-only thing, and they would never see each other again…then he wal...
  • Steve
    Juliana Brody is a judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts. She is as strait-laced as they come until one fateful night a legal conference in Chicago. She meets a handsome man who seems quite vulnerable and they spend the night together. They part with the understanding that this must never happen again. But once back in Boston, Juliana learns that this was not a random meeting. Matias Sanchez, the man from Chicago, is clearly involved in a ...
  • Erika
    Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. I have been a fan of Joseph Finder ever since I read Paranoia many years ago. His books are super fast paced and always suspenseful. You never know who is telling the truth and what is around the next corner. I enjoyed this book but I don't think it was his best. This book is about a married judge who has a one night stand with somebody who turns out t...
  • Kaylea
    Thank you to Firsttoread with Penguin Random House for giving me a chance to read this ARC! This book was absolutely amazing! I could not put it down. I read it in thirteen hours. A whole Saturday of reading. It had some expected turns and some predictability but also a lot of asking yourself "what's going to happen next?!" Which is probably why I couldn't stop reading it. There were some parts where things happen and you know what's going to com...