Rule of Law by J.L. Brown (review by Kristi)

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About the book:  FBI Special Agent Jade Harrington finds herself holding the line in a case that hits a little too close to home, personally and professionally. A bullied boy in a Washington, DC suburb commits suicide after being beaten. Within days, the bodies of his classmates start turning up—with injuries similar to the victims of TSK. But Jade knows TSK is dead.

Meanwhile, massive protests erupt across the country. President Whitney Fairchild must quell them while dealing with an obstructionist Congress and a long-kept secret, all of which threaten to destroy her and sink her presidency before it has really begun.

Vengeance. Betrayal. Justice. Duty. The thrills of Don’t Speak continue with Rule of Law.

Paperback, 470 pages                      Published March 11, 2017, by JAB Press


My review:  First a disclaimer that this is not a “clean read”.  There is graphic violence and language in this book.

J.L. Brown is back with the second book in her Jade Harrington series. After reading Don’t Speak last year, and it being my top read of 2016, I had high expectations for this book. I have to say that Rule of Law is an awesome book!!!!!

Rule of Law follows the same formula as Don’t Speak. It has the perfect mix of crime and politics. Jade Harrington is busy working two cases and has time to help out the President when called upon. The book goes back and forth between cases of teenage bullying deaths and the cybertheft of money on the West Coast. All of this is going on while the President is trying to pass a bill that will become her legacy. While the book goes back and forth between Washington D.C., Virginia, and Seattle, it is all done in an organized way and is easy to follow. The pages of this book are action-packed and I was hooked from the opening scene.

I liked the author’s choice of words and phrases throughout this book. The way she puts words on the page makes it easy to picture what is going on and makes the reader feel as if they are part of the team trying to solve the cases right along with Jade. Jade herself is a complex character and remains a bit of a mystery throughout this book. She’s even a bit of a mystery to her best friend, Zoe. This made the story even more interesting.

This is a fantastic book and can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading Don’t Speak first. Some of the storylines will be clearer if you do. Both are books you don’t want to miss out on. J.L. Brown is on my must-read list and I am anxiously awaiting the next Jade Harrington novel.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review.


About the author:  J. L. Brown is the author of the Jade Harrington novels, Don’t Speak and Rule of Law.

Brown lives with her family in Seattle, where she is working on the third book in the series.

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