Jury Duty

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Mira, 1996 - Fiction - 410 pages
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Novelist Libby Winslow shows up for jury duty, fully expecting to sit around for a few days and then be dismissed. But not this time. This time she's been chosen to sit on the "Poor Little Rich Boy" trial, the most sensational Manhattan murder case in decades. The defendant is the son of an immensely rich business tycoon. The victim was a famous model. The facts of the case are sex, drugs, and obsession. As Libby is thrown together with a group of total strangers to decide the fate of the defendant, two of her fellow jurors come head to head over their romantic interest in her: Alex, a handsome renovation contractor (about whom Libby senses something vaguely disturbing), and William, a wealthy Wall Streeter who openly lives with another woman. Then there is Libby's new friend on the jury, Melissa, the advertising wunderkind, who has some sort of secret love affair going on in her life. Meanwhile, out in the courtroom, day after day, week after week, Jill Cook Tompkins watches the trial from the gallery. Jill is a housewife from suburbia. She has two young children. She would have no place here if it hadn't been her sister who was so brutally slain on the streets of New York. And so now she must wait... and watch... and pray that the jurors will see through the best web of lies money can buy.

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User Review  - ennie - LibraryThing

It's a good thing I didn't notice that Van Wormer also wrote "West End" or I might not have picked this out of the pile to read. While the other book was forgettable, "Jury Duty" was riveting. Van ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Van Wormer (Any Given Moment, 1995, etc.), who dedicates her fifth novel to ``the rest of the jury,'' not only served on a New York City murder trial but managed to get a good mystery-romance out of ... Read full review


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Author Laura Van Wormer was raised in Darien, Connecticut. She attended the University of Arizona for a year and then transferred to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She studied to become a television writer, anchorwoman and talk show host and in 1978, graduated with a B.S. degree. After graduation, she got a job as the secretary to the editor-in-chief of Doubleday & Company and was promoted up to the rank of editor. While on assignment to write a book based on the hit series Dynasty, Van Wormer received offers to write books for other shows. She was now able to support herself while she began work on her first novel. In 1988, "Riverside Drive" was published and was followed by "West End" (1989), "Benedict Canyon" (1992), "Any Given Moment" (1995), "Jury Duty" (1996), "Just for the Summer" (1997), "Talk" (1998) and "Expose" (1999). Van Wormer's novels are romantic suspense that have memorable characters and reflected current issues and trends. She was a member of the Author's Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the Sisters of Crime. In Connecticut, she was President of the Friends of the Library and was on the board of the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center.

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