Philip Friedman is a practising attorney living in New York City. His previous novels include RAGE, which was also a film starring George C Scott and Martin Sheen; TERMINATION ORDER, which the New York Times called 'one of the best spy stories of the year'; REASONABLE DOUBT and INADMISSABLE EVIDENCE - both of which became worldwide bestsellers. His novel of the conspiracy surrounding the assassination of John Kennedy, ACT OF LOVE, ACT OF WAR, was republished in 1994 under the title WALL OF SILENCE.
Completing the trilogy begun with the well-received Reasonable Doubt (Donald I. Fine, 1990) and Inadmissible Evidence (Donald I. Fine, 1992), Grand Jury explores the secret workings of New York City's pretrial testing ground. An elderly Chinese couple is arrested for narcotics trafficking. One grand juror, herself part Chinese and oddly sympathetic to the pair, smells a rat. She inveigles another juror, a computer jock captivated by her beauty, into traveling with her to Asia, where love blooms. Back home, though, the local corruption squad has smelled the same rat, and the chase is on. And on and on. Having done prodigious research on these topics, Friedman lays them out in all their complexity, which makes it difficult for him to sustain the expected pace of an action thriller. But he is a strong, declarative writer, offering quick-fire dialog and appealing characters. His settings are gritty and realistic, though the sex and violence are muted by a considerate pen. Any library with a Friedman following will want to complete the set, and every collection stocking up for vacation reading should consider.‘Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress