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Publisher's Summary

From James Patterson, the world's number one best-selling author: A young lawyer takes on the judge who is destroying her hometown - and ends up in jail herself.

In picture-perfect Erva, Alabama, the most serious crimes are misdemeanors. Speeding tickets. Shoplifting. Contempt of court. 

Then why is the jail so crowded? And why are so few prisoners released? There’s only one place to learn the truth behind these incriminating secrets. 

Sometimes the best education a lawyer can get is a short stretch of hard time. 

©2021 James Patterson and Nancy Allen (P)2021 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

“I couldn’t put down The Jailhouse Lawyer, a page-turning legal thriller that exposes a headline-making crisis in the American courts: the new debtors’ prisons, where an inability to pay court costs sentences poor people to jail, with devastating consequences.” (Tony Messenger, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, author of Profit and Punishment: How America Criminalizes the Poor in the Name of Justice)

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Worst book I have bought in 5 years

I got about 1/4 of the way through the book and couldn't take it anymore. This is perhaps only the 2nd or maybe 3rd book I have stopped listening to in about 200 I have bought. A prime character with no redeeming skills so far, weak, whiny, short-sighted, naive, does not inspire confidence, nor does it encourage me to listen any further. Save your money.

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Amazing book

I have no dislikes for this book. It is one of the best books I have heard on audible. I highly recommend to all. James Patterson has out done his self on this book. I 100% highly recommending everyone to read or listen to The Jailhouse Lawyer.
The narrator was great to listen to and she made you feel like you were right in the book watching it all happen.

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Wow. What great books

I loved the first one. Very interesting. The second book had me immediately. I continued to be frustrated about no gun evidence. Was thankful to realize I had not missed anything.

Best books, in a long time.

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Loved this book

Good stories and narration. Interesting twist at the end. It is a quick read, captured my interest from first chapter

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"Very Disappointed ☹️. Long, boring, anti-climatic"

Struggled to finish. Ridiculous ending. Used to be a Patterson fan, but after this I can't imagine ever reading Him again. Terrible.

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Wasted Credit

First Book bad. second one only a little better. Formulaic. Weak characters and plotting. very disappointing.

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Terrible

This is the most unbelievable book I have read in many months. Terrible! Not worthy of Patterson! Junk! Unbelievable!!!

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Jailhouse Lawyer

I really enjoyed this book. Keeps you so interested in storyline, you do not want to turn off the audible. The readers kept it interesting with the intonations during the reading of story.

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A happy accident

I accidentally purchased this title but I am certainly glad I did. First, what a surprise to get two titles for the price of one and both of such great quality. The stories never dragged, never felt the lull which is sometimes felt in courtroom titles. The author did a great job with making you feel the struggle and helpless feeling of the character. I recommend this title and I am happy about my accidental purchase.

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Awesome read

I enjoyed the plots of both books. The audible portrayal was clear and distinct. Highly recommend

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