“I am writing to inform you that you have been sentenced to death for breach of a solemn promise…”

The twelve people who receive the letters don’t take them seriously  at first.  They are the 12 jurors who convicted Paul Keller of raping and murdering his own 12-year-old daughter.  And now Keller is dead.  But when the jurors start to die one by one at the hands of of a technologically brilliant killer, their blase attitude turns to a growing terror.   The killer is Paul’s grieving brother Daniel.

But when it comes to killing a female juror – the youngest person on the jury – he cannot go through with it. Does she deserve to die? Or was she the victim of jury room bullying?

Finally he must face the fact that it was not the jury that caused his brother’s death, but rather the real murderer – a murderer who has evaded the hand of justice… so far…

 

Two very different opinions of the same book…

“This magnificent novel is both intriguing and thought-provoking. Thrilling storyline aside, Kessler has neatly packed each chapter with a high degree of tension and suspense… Complex in its emotional impact… you’re forced to view the world through the eyes of a killer.”

 

What’s On (Birmingham)

 

“Here’s a curio: a book so appallingly written, shoddily plotted and shockingly reactionary that it urges you to run a mile in the other direction. And yet at the same time, a book with all the internal momentum of a particularly grisly motorway pile-up: you know you shouldn’t look but you just can’t help yourself…

 

“In amidst Kessler’s technical regurgitations it doesn’t take a genius to spot that Reckless Justice is not only ridiculous, inept and psychologically shallow, but morally moribund into the bargain. The feeble-minded condoning of vigilantism evidenced by the conclusion would be offensive could Kessler string a half-decent sentence together…

 

“A shockingly bad book then, but one laced with such guilty pleasures … that one almost feels able to commend it to your attention.”

 

Gerald Houghton,
The Edge

 

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