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Perilous Judgment–can a federal judge stay within the law and still save those closest to him?

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Perilous JudgmentPerilous Judgement

A Real Justice Thriller Series, Book 1

by Dennis Ricci

Perilous Judgment is the first book in Dennis Ricci’s Real Justice Thriller Series. I don’t know what Mr. Ricci’s  plans for future books in this series are. I can envision his successfully either creating more tales revolving around his main character, Judge Edward Lamport, or departing from the characters in his first book to write more thrillers continuing to focus on the theme of real justice.  Is justice achieved only through the law or can individuals define it as something found in a higher good, a morality above and beyond human created systems of rules?

Perilous Judgment is a story of federal laws, political struggles for power and money, and international narcotics cartels. The main characters have made mistakes in their pasts for which there are consequences.  They have decisions to make which affect others and through prayer they try to decipher the will of God in their unique situations. Following the “real justice” theme, many tough but ethical people have to decide at what point there is a higher law to follow.

As a current resident of Mexico, I find reading about the violence of drug cartels difficult because their actions are at such odds with the individuals I have met in the general population.  They are kind, friendly and eager to help others.  They too dislike corruption in the government and fear the kidnapping and cruelty of gangs.  Then as I look back to my home country, I wonder if we are so very different.  The political corruption north of the border is more sophisticated and subtle, but is widespread. Large cities are racked  with high violent crime rates. I look forward to Mr. Ricci’s next thriller and wonder if his search for real justice will have its focal point solely in the U.S. or if he will once again cross international borders.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to the publisher Waterfall Press  for allowing me to read Perilous Judgment in exchange for an unbiased review.


  1. Wendy says:

    Sounds like a Vince Flynn thriller. I loved his Mitch Rapp character. Mr. Flynn passed away 2 years ago and I haven’t found an author or series I’ve liked as much. This sounds really fun.
    I liked your commentary on your kind neighbors.
    I sincerely believe people have much more in common world wide, than they are different.
    Good to see a post from you. Hope you are well.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dennis Ricci says:


    Thank you for your thoughtful review here on your blogsite and on Goodreads. I’d be grateful if you could also post this to Blessings to you.

    Dennis Ricci

    Liked by 1 person

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