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 the fifth Juror

"The ending totally surprised me! I didn't see that coming!" - Rose, Advanced Team Reader

"A fresh new voice in fiction" - Cindy, Advanced Team Reader

"Kill Mikael, Kill your son.

Save Mikael, Save your son.

Easy Choice." But is it?

The Fifth juror

Former juror Jess Dawson is facing a difficult time in her life, raising an autistic son and navigating a failing marriage, when her past service as a juror on a high-profile death penalty case comes back to haunt her. Mikael Kriskan, the young Russian the jury sentenced to death for killing his adoptive American parents one cold Colorado night, is nearing his execution date when the foreman of the jury is found dead, and all aspects of his death parallel the original case. Then, a second juror appears to commit suicide and leaves a disturbing note attached to his chest. "KJ — do the right thing." Only Jess knows the true meaning of the message, and soon finds herself squeezed between the demands of the original prosecutor on the case - now her lover - who's intent on executing Kriskan, and members of the Russian mob, who are hell bent to force Jess to confess to her past transgressions and return the genius Kriskan to his Russian roots. The choice the mob gives her seems easy. Kill Mikael, kill her son. Save Mikael, save her son. But in a world of politics and presumed guilt or innocence, this choice will be anything but easy.

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"What inspires me is imagining the lengths I might go to save my own family."
— Lori

The Fifth Juror