A murder trial from a juror’s perspective
In this award-winning courtroom thriller, Peter Robertson serves on the jury of a murder trial — for the crime that he committed.
Peter Robertson, 33, discovers his wife is cheating on him. Following her suspected boyfriend one night, he erupts into a rage, beats him and leaves him to die – or so he thought. Soon he discovers that he has killed the wrong man – a perfect stranger.
Six months later, impaneled on a jury, he realizes he realizes that the murder being tried is the one he committed. After wrestling with his conscience, he works hard to convince the jury to acquit the accused man. But the prosecution’s case is strong as the accused man had both motive and opportunity to commit the murder. As the pressure builds, Peter begins to slip up and reveal things that only the murderer would know – and Christine, a pretty and intelligent alternate juror, suspects something is amiss.
Meanwhile, Peter’s wife leaves him, his mother suffers a series of debilitating strokes, and his best friend and employee, accused of sexual harassment, needs Peter’s help that he’s too preoccupied to give. As jurors one by one declare their intention to convict, Peter’s conscience eats away at him and he careens toward nervous breakdown, revealing details about the crime that had not been disclosed in court.
Edgy, fast-paced and packed with unexpected twists, Lying in Judgment is a gripping courtroom thriller about a good man’s search for redemption for his one unfortunate mistake, pitted against society’s search for justice. In Hollywood-speak, think “Unfaithful” meets “Twelve Angry Men.”
Read the sequel: Lying in Vengeance
In this sequel to award-winning courtroom thriller Lying in Judgment, Peter Robertson must choose between two horrible options. Both involve death and revenge.
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Awards and honors for Lying in Judgment
Lying in Judgment was selected as a featured finalist on Literary Lightbox’s “Indie Spotlight” for Autumn/Winter 2016-17!
Lying in Judgment was also selected as Bookworks.com “Book of the Week” for July 11-17, 2016!
Praise for Lying in Judgment
“Gary Corbin’s first novel, Lying in Judgment, is sure to enchant mystery readers, as well as having them beg for more. This story will make the reader’s stomach clench, like his protagonist, Peter. Without divulging too much, the emotional turmoil Peter goes through while serving on a jury, involving a murder he knows the defendant did not commit, will have you reaching for anything to calm your nerves. Corbin’s attention to even the smallest detail, as well as its nerve-wracking expositions will make you squirm. Lying in Judgment carries the reader through twists and turns to an ultimate startling collision with reality. The tale will spark the darkest thoughts in the mind of the reader, giving way to that trite phrase, “This could happen to me.” Warning: if you are reading this novel in bed, plan on having a sleepless night.”
Author of Collision of Forces, A Dan Dailey thriller.
“Lying in Judgment is a very unique book and the plot is really original. … I really loved how the author, Gary Corbin, started the book off with action happening right away. … It’s also fast-paced and has shorter chapters, making the book hard to put down. Corbin does a fantastic job of really depicting how Peter’s guilt is eating away at him and you will often squirm with Peter during the tense scenes. It also appeared to me, the court room scenes seemed accurate and realistic as far as dialogue and court proceedings go. There are many twists and turns and the ending may very well be the best part of the whole book. Lying in Judgement in a must-read, you will not regret it!“
Christie Jok, Christie Writes Reviews
“Lying in Judgment reads at a fast pace—a good thing since I was anxious to see what would happen next. The trial was well done and descriptive. When court was not in session it was equally suspenseful… Unexpected witnesses, A contentious mix of jurors. Lying, from within the courtroom and out. “Cheating and deception” (words Peter himself uses) in every corner. All combine into a very entertaining suspense…I’ll be reading more written by Mr. Corbin.”
“This is a very well written book. It’s a masterful orchestration of elements that you don’t often see together in contemporary suspense novels. The writing is of literary caliber but it is an unpretentious, undiluted page turner. It has a film noirish quality of luring your sympathy and moral integrity into some dimly lit places. There are some outlandish coincidences in the plot but your are seduced into forgetting to notice them. You are sometimes caught in a dramatic crucible and other times thrown into [action.] I’m glad to see there will be a [sequel].”
“Enjoyed this! Intriguing page turner that I didn’t want to put down! Looking forward to more books from this author.”
L. C. Wright
“Terrific. Different. Fascinating… [Corbin] adds strain with every turn of the plot.”
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards
“A unique legal thriller.”
“Original, very fresh and surprising.”
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards
“A real page turner!”
“An ending that will shock the readers…”
Fran Lewis, Just Reviews
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