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A woman violently attacked in her bed. A billionaire businessman on trial at The Old Bailey. As the world’s press gather outside London’s luxurious Tribeca hotel, can Jon Roscoe protect his own family from the terrifying consequences of the verdict?


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A woman violently attacked in her bed. A billionaire businessman on trial at The Old Bailey. As the world’s press gather outside London’s luxurious Tribeca hotel, can Jon Roscoe protect his own family from the terrifying consequences of the verdict?

30 review for The Verdict

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Ex-detective Jon Roscoe was head of security at London’s luxurious Tribeca Hotel and he thought he’d seen it all, until the day the persistent reporter tried to breach the grounds and enter the hotel. But once again, Roscoe evicted him, threatening him with police action if he showed his face again. Roscoe and his team were protecting the billionaire businessman who was currently on trial at the Old Bailey for attempted murder. He and his long suffering wife of twenty years were in a suite of ap Ex-detective Jon Roscoe was head of security at London’s luxurious Tribeca Hotel and he thought he’d seen it all, until the day the persistent reporter tried to breach the grounds and enter the hotel. But once again, Roscoe evicted him, threatening him with police action if he showed his face again. Roscoe and his team were protecting the billionaire businessman who was currently on trial at the Old Bailey for attempted murder. He and his long suffering wife of twenty years were in a suite of apartments, travelling back and forth daily. What would the verdict be in this famous trial? And was there more than met the eye of reporters and viewers across the country? The Verdict by James Patterson is another novella in the BookShots series which has a neat little twist at the end (which I’d pretty much worked out by then), some nasty characters as well as some good ones! Not up to his usual standard in a full length novel, nevertheless it was quite enjoyable – a quick, easy read. Recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Patterson and Gold return for another joint writing assignment in the BookShot collection. Jon Roscoe remains head of Global Security for the Tribeca Luxury Hotel chain, anchoring himself at the glamorous London establishment. During a high-profile criminal trial, the hotel is housing the defendant, billionaire Harvey Rylands. Accused of attempting to murder his lover, Elegant Daniels, Rylands has done all he can to drag out alternate theories of the crime, while acting as though he is above rep Patterson and Gold return for another joint writing assignment in the BookShot collection. Jon Roscoe remains head of Global Security for the Tribeca Luxury Hotel chain, anchoring himself at the glamorous London establishment. During a high-profile criminal trial, the hotel is housing the defendant, billionaire Harvey Rylands. Accused of attempting to murder his lover, Elegant Daniels, Rylands has done all he can to drag out alternate theories of the crime, while acting as though he is above reproach. However, Daniels delivers some damning testimony that could seal the fate of the defendant as she hints that his temper and her demand not to be the scorned lover must have fuelled the attempts to see her die. During an investigation of a hotel security breach, Roscoe discovers some information that thickens the plot on Rylands' past, one that could weigh heavily on motive, as the trial that currently sits in the jury's hands. Roscoe can only hope the truth comes out and sets free those who are the most deserving. A fast-paced story that will keep the reader flipping pages until the final paragraph. Since the launch of the BookShots publications, Patterson has been able to turn the calibre of writing attributed to him from lacklustre to, at times, pristine. Gold offers up some wonderful ideas in crafting the second Roscoe piece that proves entertaining as well as captivating. The characters are, again, decently developed, though Roscoe remains front and centre in this story again. The premise is not new, but it is also not regurgitated in such a way that the reader tires of it. I found myself speeding through the chapters, hooked on wanting to move forward, which is surely the test of any novel or short story. Patterson shines, but nothing is more brilliant than Gold, if you'll pardon the pun. Kudos, Messrs. Patterson and Gold for this great piece. I cannot wait for the next Jon Roscoe BookShot in the coming months. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate~Bibliophile Book Club

    Really enjoyed this one too. As I said, Roscoe is a good character. Engaging, honest and reminiscent of an action movie hero, its hard not to enjoy reading about his escapades in these books. And that poor Tribeca Hotel is giving him serious trouble! These are addictive! Short, fast paced and laced with action. An easy read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Crawford

    Since the Jon Roscoe series are Book Shots they are short and fast paced filled with tons of action.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annette Chidzey

    This proved to be the ideal length to read on a plane flight to Darwin. Fast paced, interesting characters and plenty of action. Quite an effective novella length story- perfect way to start a holiday.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    I liked the story and I thought it was wrapped up pretty well at the end. I only picked this up because I was waiting for another book that I had reserved at the library. I will continue to read more of Patterson's BookShots as they give me a break in between reading normal sized books, although I probably won't read another Jon Roscoe as I didn't really care for him as a character. The only problems I had with this book were the obvious symbols of London being included in the descriptions to hi I liked the story and I thought it was wrapped up pretty well at the end. I only picked this up because I was waiting for another book that I had reserved at the library. I will continue to read more of Patterson's BookShots as they give me a break in between reading normal sized books, although I probably won't read another Jon Roscoe as I didn't really care for him as a character. The only problems I had with this book were the obvious symbols of London being included in the descriptions to highlight the fact that all these events were taking place there. It wasn't necessary and was just annoying.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tazkatie

    Excellent.. Highly recommend

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sean Harding

    Another of James Patterson's shorter novella's - meaning even less character development than usual. This is also the second in a series about a geezer named Jon Roscoe, although the term series is pretty loose, because he is fairly superfluous to the plot, and you learn basically nothing about him, so it could have been anyone really - but anyways - typical non-sensical twists and turns and unbelievable conclusions where it all neatly resolves make this another poor Patterson and the continued Another of James Patterson's shorter novella's - meaning even less character development than usual. This is also the second in a series about a geezer named Jon Roscoe, although the term series is pretty loose, because he is fairly superfluous to the plot, and you learn basically nothing about him, so it could have been anyone really - but anyways - typical non-sensical twists and turns and unbelievable conclusions where it all neatly resolves make this another poor Patterson and the continued hope that he would focus on quality over quantity.

  9. 4 out of 5

    mrsljgibbs

    Yet again another brilliant Bookshot read, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I love these short stories especially when I’m not sure what to read next. This book is the second in the Jon Roscoe thrillers trilogy and now I can’t wait to read the last book in the series. Jon Roscoe is Head of Security for the very rich and famous Tribeca chain of hotels and is stationed at the luxurious London branch. A billionaire businessmen is on trial at the Old Bailey and just what is the connection between him and the Yet again another brilliant Bookshot read, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I love these short stories especially when I’m not sure what to read next. This book is the second in the Jon Roscoe thrillers trilogy and now I can’t wait to read the last book in the series. Jon Roscoe is Head of Security for the very rich and famous Tribeca chain of hotels and is stationed at the luxurious London branch. A billionaire businessmen is on trial at the Old Bailey and just what is the connection between him and the current Prime Minister..... A thrilling and exciting read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeroen

    An interesting follow-up to The Hostage. Jon Roscoe gets involved in a trial case due to the fact that the suspect and his wife stay in the hotel for which he is the head of security. His 'aunt' is a member of the Jury, which is a bit too coincidental but a plot device needed to provide insight into what happens during the trial. A nice thriller with a good twist and a satisfying ending. An interesting follow-up to The Hostage. Jon Roscoe gets involved in a trial case due to the fact that the suspect and his wife stay in the hotel for which he is the head of security. His 'aunt' is a member of the Jury, which is a bit too coincidental but a plot device needed to provide insight into what happens during the trial. A nice thriller with a good twist and a satisfying ending.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Chidzey

    This was a different experience for me - I wouldn't call this a novella nor would I call it a short story - perhaps somewhere in between. This had all the hallmarks of Patterson's typical writing: short chapters, page turning and a twist I didn't see coming. A great little book to read within a day or on a plane journey. Hopefully I can read some more of these in future. This was a different experience for me - I wouldn't call this a novella nor would I call it a short story - perhaps somewhere in between. This had all the hallmarks of Patterson's typical writing: short chapters, page turning and a twist I didn't see coming. A great little book to read within a day or on a plane journey. Hopefully I can read some more of these in future.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shubham

    A fast paced mystery thriller that is engaging at first but by the end becomes predictable. Although it has been written in apt language and not over the top description, it does put out a smile on your face (the one that you get when you figure out something and feel like Sherlock Holmes). Read it. You'll enjoy it. A fast paced mystery thriller that is engaging at first but by the end becomes predictable. Although it has been written in apt language and not over the top description, it does put out a smile on your face (the one that you get when you figure out something and feel like Sherlock Holmes). Read it. You'll enjoy it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Maginnes

    I enjoyed the first book in this series, however, I just couldn't get into this one. The story just didn't grip me, I expected more because it is a book shot, but I found the pace to slow. I don't think you will be missing anything by skipping this short story and going straight to the third in the series. Extremely disappointing. I enjoyed the first book in this series, however, I just couldn't get into this one. The story just didn't grip me, I expected more because it is a book shot, but I found the pace to slow. I don't think you will be missing anything by skipping this short story and going straight to the third in the series. Extremely disappointing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Connor's Library Corner

    What's this book is not a direct sequel to The hostage I do feels as an excellent book featuring the character Jon Roscoe. I really enjoyed that we got to learn more about Roscoe's personal life including that he had children. The actual narrative itself was very interesting as well but not to draw now I think this was the perfect length for me. What's this book is not a direct sequel to The hostage I do feels as an excellent book featuring the character Jon Roscoe. I really enjoyed that we got to learn more about Roscoe's personal life including that he had children. The actual narrative itself was very interesting as well but not to draw now I think this was the perfect length for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christie

    Not the best bookshot that I have read but I did enjoy it. I found I didn't get a connection with the characters like I do with other books. I like the quickness of the action in the bookshot and think it would have been drawn out too long had it been a regular novel. Not the best bookshot that I have read but I did enjoy it. I found I didn't get a connection with the characters like I do with other books. I like the quickness of the action in the bookshot and think it would have been drawn out too long had it been a regular novel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angela Owens

    Love his "Quick Shots" books!! Excellent and fast!! Love his "Quick Shots" books!! Excellent and fast!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Josie

    Found this book so boring, really struggled to get into it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Honeyman

    I usually like James Patterson books be that a full novel or a bookshelf but this was just boring, same old tale which just felt stretched out to fill the amount of pages required.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Harrison

    Good short story if anyone's interested Good short story if anyone's interested

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Ok read but was missing more storyline. I understand it’s a book shot and is supposed to be short, but the end needed more depth to it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Fox

    A great short story with a twist

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Plumb

    10 out of 10 Really good book would recommend to anyone that loves James Patterson books or would like to start reading his books

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    Really enjoyed reading this one had me keep reading on to find out what happens next .

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angel Cooper

    the attacker was predictable from the beginning but still a good story

  25. 5 out of 5

    William Richardson

    Another book short thriller by James Patterson. fast Paced, good plot and characters. A quick read when you need a change of pace.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Awortwi Dzimah

    A roller-coaster entertainer. Was a good filter for my mind after all the non-fiction binge reading.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    3.5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ben Twoonezero

    Ok but a bit superficial.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aniruddha M

    Average read, won't miss much if you don't read this. Average read, won't miss much if you don't read this.

  30. 5 out of 5

    John

    This one annoyed me right from the beginning, when we are re-introduced to Jon Roscoe, the most generic and boring action hero ever created. Mr. Roscoe heads up security at one of the world's most exclusive and luxurious hotels, where we see him work to placate the needs of the mega-wealthy while being sure to keep out the riffraff (i.e. regular people). The book begins with Roscoe chasing down a journalist who sneaked onto the hotel premises. Since this journalist--a rather frail, older gentlem This one annoyed me right from the beginning, when we are re-introduced to Jon Roscoe, the most generic and boring action hero ever created. Mr. Roscoe heads up security at one of the world's most exclusive and luxurious hotels, where we see him work to placate the needs of the mega-wealthy while being sure to keep out the riffraff (i.e. regular people). The book begins with Roscoe chasing down a journalist who sneaked onto the hotel premises. Since this journalist--a rather frail, older gentleman--has been caught there uninvited a few times before, Roscoe decides the appropriate response would be to hold him underwater in the outdoor fountain until he passes out. That strikes me as a bit much, seeing as how it's still considered controversial to waterboard terrorists. I'm glad Jon Roscoe doesn't work for ICE. Talk about a PR disaster waiting to happen! Anyway, what book was I talking about again? Oh, yeah. THE VERDICT. A book so forgettable, I'd better hurry up and finish this review before the details completely escape me. (I feel a bit like Jim Carrey in ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, with all memory of this book vanishing right in front of my eyes.) Did I mention that Jon Roscoe is a super-generic character? Well, THE VERDICT is an appropriately generic story to feature him in. If you can't figure out who the real killer is by about halfway in, you're obviously not trying. Meanwhile, enjoy spending time with a bunch of unlikable characters as they go about the business of making James Patterson another truckload of money.

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