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Seventeen-year-old Jeremy Estrada killed another boy after a fight over a girl: shot him point-blank between the eyes. No one disputes those facts. This kid is jammed up big-time, but almost unable to help himself. He's got the face of an angel but can hardly string together three words to explain what happened that day...yet he's determined to go to trial.
All they've got is a "yesbut" defense, as in: "Did you kill him?" "Yes, but..." Jaywalker is accustomed to bending the rules - this case will stretch the law to the breaking point and beyond.
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By John on 07-19-14
Was this book good - Yes but........
It was also - God awful. That's my response to this idea that this is the best "yeah but" book ever. I will write this review without spoilers. You already have the premise in the book description. A kid was picked on and he killed the other kid. If you feel even slightly sympathetic toward the Columbine high school killers because they weren't accepted and picked on - Then this is your book. I am not sympathetic toward them. Just like the kid in this book - They weren't raped or tortured or any of the horrible things that might tip the scales into understanding why people justify the actions of some troubled kid. You're not a good parent if you aren't involved with your kids enough to know what's going on. Or you don't care enough. Or you stopped telling your kids no because you don't want them affected by negative responses. I can tell you that I wasn't the coolest kid in school & I got picked on - But I choose to do positive things. Not plot the death of other kids. Joseph Teller tried to indicate through Jaywalker - That we should feel ultimate empathy toward such an individual. What number of people killed do we stop being empathetic - If 1 is o.k. - How about 3? Do we stop when they become a serial killer? Even if this book wasn't so sad - On a moral level. It was horribly written. You ever listen to a really good joke - But it took like 5 minutes to tell and by the end it - It got awkward because the punchline was so far away. This is that joke - Except - It's not a good one.... This book was sooooo drawn out. Maybe like this review LOL. Wrapping up - The main character Jaywalker was not even close to being as funny as he thought he was. He was very effeminate at times. I don't know who he's trying to relate to - But as a man - It wasn't me & I can cry with the best of them.
For what it's worth - J
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By Mike on 01-03-13
Easy to follow, easy to love.
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The best part about the jaywalker series, in my opinion, is that it is so easy to get into. As always I was immediately captivated and I just wanted to keep listening until it was over. Though the author seems to put the main character up on a pedestal, the story always delivers and Again, I found myself almost brought to tears by the compelling and theatrical ending of the case. The jaywalker series also never seems to be overly complex, and i still never find myself bored of the story. I have listened to "Overkill", "Guilty As Sin" and have read the print version of "Bronx Justice" and this review can be applied to all of them. Now, moving on to " The Tenth Case"...very excited.
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