‘As taut and well-paced and tensely unspooling a thriller as I have read in a year. Real people, actual honest confused brave greedy fearful and angry people, not puppets; real people, not mashups of movie characters; and a swerving turn at the end that comes as one of those rare and oddly delightful things, a shock. Wonderful read.’
~ BRIAN DOYLE - Author of Mink River
In her striking debut, Val Bruech weaves the rich, layered story of defense attorney Susan Marshfield’s investigation into the violent death of her beloved friend and mentor with the sure hand of a seasoned pro. The driven Susan is at once passionate and aloof, vulnerable and iron-willed, a character whose strengths and weaknesses make her someone to root for, and someone you’d want on your side in a fight—in the courtroom or out. Judicious Murder satisfied my number one hope for a book: it kept me up way past my bedtime, anxious to know what happens next. The ending packed a double-barrelled wallop, and left me eager for Susan’s next outing. For my money, Val Bruech is an author to keep an eye on.
~ BILL CAMERON - Award-Winning Author of the Skin Kadash Mysteries
Three Joliet Area Novelists Share Insights on Crime Fiction
Val Bruech, Mike Markley and Sue Merrell discuss their crime novels
Published: Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 11:18 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 11:40 p.m. CDT
By DENISE M. BARAN–UNLAND- firstname.lastname@example.org