Lying in Judgment by Gary Corbin

Lying in Judgment:  a murder trial from a jury’s perspective

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.

“Lying in Judgment” is a 95,000-word story 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.”

Praise for Lying in Judgment

“Terrific. Different. Fascinating… [Corbin] adds strain with every turn of the plot.”

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards

“Original, very fresh and surprising.”

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards

“A real page turner!”

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Availability

Available now in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle formats on Amazon.com, and all other eBook formats on Smashwords.

Genre: Legal Thriller
Approx. 300 pages

This story has also been adapted for the stage. Check it out!

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