I don't usually venture into crime novels but the whole courtroom drama from a juror's perspective drew me in. Probably because having once served as a juror in a trial, I could relate to some of the difficulties. Part of me really liked this novel; the plot, the pace, its characters, the lawyerly precision. But the other part really was disgusted with the outcome. Nothing is black and white (and the author really hammers home the delicate issue of racism in the courtroom, too) or cut and dry, and towards the end things got rather convoluted, which tried my patience a bit, but the way it all turned out, sh*t, it just left a bad taste in my mouth. Kinda good, yet kinda aggravating, too. 3.5 stars.