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AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO HAS EVER FOLLOWED A NOTORIOUS, HIGHLY PUBLICIZED TRIAL THROUGH THE NEWS MEDIA The third Marc Kadella legal mystery, courtroom drama A young, single mother, a widow, meets a nice young man and begins dating him. Just when she starts to believe she may have found a father for her two year old daughter, the boyfriend and her child disapp AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO HAS EVER FOLLOWED A NOTORIOUS, HIGHLY PUBLICIZED TRIAL THROUGH THE NEWS MEDIA The third Marc Kadella legal mystery, courtroom drama A young, single mother, a widow, meets a nice young man and begins dating him. Just when she starts to believe she may have found a father for her two year old daughter, the boyfriend and her child disappear in the middle of the night. Frantically she searches for him, terrified of telling her mother the little girl is missing. The police are brought in and when it becomes obvious to them that the boyfriend, who has not been seen by any of the girl’s friends, family or coworkers, is a lie, they begin to suspect her. Eventually, the child’s remains are found in the Mississippi, all that is left is a skeleton. The investigation turns on the young mother and she is charged with murdering her own daughter. The media is electrified. Coast to coast she is vilified and convicted in the court of public opinion. She becomes one of the most hated people in America. Marc Kadella and the beautiful Madeline Rivers, convinced of her innocence, take the young woman’s case and fight for her against the heavy hand of the government. All the while, the mysterious boyfriend is lurking around the fringe of the case watching with amusement as his macabre plan unfolds. By the author of the Marc Kadella legal mysteries, The Key To Justice and Desperate Justice, Dennis Carstens


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AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO HAS EVER FOLLOWED A NOTORIOUS, HIGHLY PUBLICIZED TRIAL THROUGH THE NEWS MEDIA The third Marc Kadella legal mystery, courtroom drama A young, single mother, a widow, meets a nice young man and begins dating him. Just when she starts to believe she may have found a father for her two year old daughter, the boyfriend and her child disapp AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO HAS EVER FOLLOWED A NOTORIOUS, HIGHLY PUBLICIZED TRIAL THROUGH THE NEWS MEDIA The third Marc Kadella legal mystery, courtroom drama A young, single mother, a widow, meets a nice young man and begins dating him. Just when she starts to believe she may have found a father for her two year old daughter, the boyfriend and her child disappear in the middle of the night. Frantically she searches for him, terrified of telling her mother the little girl is missing. The police are brought in and when it becomes obvious to them that the boyfriend, who has not been seen by any of the girl’s friends, family or coworkers, is a lie, they begin to suspect her. Eventually, the child’s remains are found in the Mississippi, all that is left is a skeleton. The investigation turns on the young mother and she is charged with murdering her own daughter. The media is electrified. Coast to coast she is vilified and convicted in the court of public opinion. She becomes one of the most hated people in America. Marc Kadella and the beautiful Madeline Rivers, convinced of her innocence, take the young woman’s case and fight for her against the heavy hand of the government. All the while, the mysterious boyfriend is lurking around the fringe of the case watching with amusement as his macabre plan unfolds. By the author of the Marc Kadella legal mysteries, The Key To Justice and Desperate Justice, Dennis Carstens

30 review for Media Justice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    Good story. Sad story of twenty one years old widow, with beautiful two years old daughter. How media even long before the trial vindicated her. Brittany's relationship with her dysfunctional family, what news media does for ratings. Good story. Sad story of twenty one years old widow, with beautiful two years old daughter. How media even long before the trial vindicated her. Brittany's relationship with her dysfunctional family, what news media does for ratings.

  2. 4 out of 5

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Candy Mayer

    This series is great! The courtroom scenes are the best and the mystery part is good. The author gets into the mind of the lawyer, which is very interesting. The beginning of the books repeats a lot to introduce the characters to someone who hasn't read the previous books...actually almost the exact words! (please, Dennis, you can do better than that!)...but once you get past that, the cases are page turners! This series is great! The courtroom scenes are the best and the mystery part is good. The author gets into the mind of the lawyer, which is very interesting. The beginning of the books repeats a lot to introduce the characters to someone who hasn't read the previous books...actually almost the exact words! (please, Dennis, you can do better than that!)...but once you get past that, the cases are page turners!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Great Legal Procedural Brittany was a promiscuous teenager who got pregnant and then married the baby’s father. Shortly after the little girl was born, the father was killed in an accident and she was left widowed and a single mother. When she was 22 she met Bob Olsen while at work and they began dating. She was convinced they had a future and brought him into her small daughter’s life. One morning, after Bob stayed over, she woke up to find both Bob and her daughter gone. She didn’t know what to Great Legal Procedural Brittany was a promiscuous teenager who got pregnant and then married the baby’s father. Shortly after the little girl was born, the father was killed in an accident and she was left widowed and a single mother. When she was 22 she met Bob Olsen while at work and they began dating. She was convinced they had a future and brought him into her small daughter’s life. One morning, after Bob stayed over, she woke up to find both Bob and her daughter gone. She didn’t know what to do and was leery of bringing the matter before the authorities for fear that she would prove a mess up once again. She spent time searching for Becky and Bob but was unsuccessful and after ten days her mother learned what happened and contacted the authorities. Shortly thereafter she was arrested very publicly (the media had been notified of the forthcoming midnight arrest) and taken into custody. Marc Kadella was hired to defend her. I won’t go any further into the plot because of spoilers, but must give kudos to the author for writing once of the most authentic legal procedurals I’ve ever come across. Additionally his use of the media and misreporting and misrepresenting as part of the villains is all too feasible in today’s world. Thanks to the author and publisher for an ebook for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    An in-depth inspection of the effects of the Nancy Grace style of "journalism" on the criminal justice system. This is an excellent courtroom drama told from the perspective of a veteran criminal defense attorney. It provides insight into the interaction and motivations of the media and police, prosecutors, and defense counsel in high profile criminal cases. Both entertaining and illuminating, this is an action packed novel that I highly recommend. An in-depth inspection of the effects of the Nancy Grace style of "journalism" on the criminal justice system. This is an excellent courtroom drama told from the perspective of a veteran criminal defense attorney. It provides insight into the interaction and motivations of the media and police, prosecutors, and defense counsel in high profile criminal cases. Both entertaining and illuminating, this is an action packed novel that I highly recommend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carole D Hutchison

    Totally unexpected story Reminds me of this Casey Anthony case. The media does exploit court cases and the public is morbid enough to demand it. Ending was a big surprise

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Media Justice is the third installment of Dennis Carstens’ Marc Kadella “Justice” series. In this chapter, criminal defense lawyer Kadella is engaged to defend Brittany, a 21-year-old accused of murdering her adorable 2-year-old daughter. Carstens sets up the circumstances of the case, while telling the reader up front that Brittany is innocent (not a spoiler), but the circumstances surrounding the little girl’s death certainly make her look bad. The real killer set things up well, although he c Media Justice is the third installment of Dennis Carstens’ Marc Kadella “Justice” series. In this chapter, criminal defense lawyer Kadella is engaged to defend Brittany, a 21-year-old accused of murdering her adorable 2-year-old daughter. Carstens sets up the circumstances of the case, while telling the reader up front that Brittany is innocent (not a spoiler), but the circumstances surrounding the little girl’s death certainly make her look bad. The real killer set things up well, although he could not have known in advance that Brittany would fail to report the abduction of her daughter to the police until ten days afterwards and would be caught on Facebook partying with her girlfriends, making it look like she was happy after her daughter was gone. The real point of the story, however, is not the investigation and ultimately the trial of Brittany, but rather the role of the sensationalistic tabloid media in fanning the flames of the public and convicting Brittany on television long before any evidence was presented in court, and then misrepresenting the events of the trial so that the public believed Brittany to be guilty no matter what. Carstens brings back the familiar cast of characters from the prior books in this series, including his investigator, Maddy, in whose presence all males become slack-jawed teenagers; Tony, his PI friend and former cop, whose love interest is a wealthy socialite; Margaret, Marc’s love interest and a judge; and even a few minor characters from earlier books who provide some color. The story is interesting, although knowing that Brittany is innocent takes away much of the suspense (other than whether Marc will be able to induce a not guilty verdict or whether Brittany will be unfairly and unjustly convicted based on the bias of the media). The attack-job on the media sometimes goes a little too far and becomes a bit repetitive, but the point is made – don’t ever believe what you read or see on TV about legal cases. Carstens’ stories are intricate and he sets up the situation here very well. The execution of the trial, which takes up the final third of the book, includes many elements that are a bit too convenient, including Marc’s ability to find the key evidence and key witnesses that the prosecution missed, even though it was fairly obvious. The incompetent police and prosecutors sometimes come off as buffoonish and make it easy for Kadella to be the hero. Then, the “surprise” ending sequence, like one of the earlier books, feels gratuitous and unnecessary as well as less believable than the rest of the story. But, despite these flaws, the story is compelling and interesting to read, making the book worth the read. I will go on reading this series because of the characters and the stories, despite the problems.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Yvonnica

    Again an excellent legal thriller. This story paralleled the Casey Anthony story. It was an entertaining read and clearly showed the way the press and media work. There were two weaknesses to this particular story. The first is that we know Marc, Vivian, etc. like and believe Brittany. But we never learn why. Guilty or innocent, she is not a nice person. If the State's case is weak, then yes you can defend her, but a weak case doesn't make a defendant innocent or likable. The reader needs a plausi Again an excellent legal thriller. This story paralleled the Casey Anthony story. It was an entertaining read and clearly showed the way the press and media work. There were two weaknesses to this particular story. The first is that we know Marc, Vivian, etc. like and believe Brittany. But we never learn why. Guilty or innocent, she is not a nice person. If the State's case is weak, then yes you can defend her, but a weak case doesn't make a defendant innocent or likable. The reader needs a plausible explanation. The second is that it isn't clear who killed Becky. We have an account of Brittany when she realizes Becky is missing but there is never a statement telling us what happened. We are left to conjecture just as the investigators and the jury. We are given a scenario and expected to accept it, but we should be told. I rarely consecutively read two consecutive books of a series - and this was a consecutive reading of three books in this series. The first book, The Key to Justice, was one of the best legal thrillers I have ever read. I could not put it down. It has a moral, much to think about, it was very deep and I loved it. I was hooked into the series Book two, Desperate Justice, was also very good, but it wasn't a great book as was the first. I'm going to take a break from this series and put off reading Certain Justice until some time in the future. It will remain on my To-Read list and I will read it, but four in a row would be asking too much.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Stevens

    This is a wonderful book to read during the first half of 2020. The character of Marc Kadella is deepened during this book. I wondered all through it if law colleges have ever listed patience as a qualification for being a lawyer, and if they don't, they should. The story portrays the pervasive, pernicious influence the media has on us. A young woman awakes one morning to find her lover and her two-year-old daughter missing. She frantically drives to his apartment complex, but cannot find a list This is a wonderful book to read during the first half of 2020. The character of Marc Kadella is deepened during this book. I wondered all through it if law colleges have ever listed patience as a qualification for being a lawyer, and if they don't, they should. The story portrays the pervasive, pernicious influence the media has on us. A young woman awakes one morning to find her lover and her two-year-old daughter missing. She frantically drives to his apartment complex, but cannot find a listing for him, or her daughter. In fear of her mother's reaction, she delays notifying the police, hoping against hope that she can find the two of them herself. She cannot, and the disappearance comes to light. This is a story of what happens when the media tries and convicts on the air and how the public reacts. It's a horrifying indictment of our gullible society, how we depend on the media for facts, and how we need to find all the facts before making a decision. The twist at the end was masterful.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Sipes

    A good story but... I really enjoyed this story but it was just that. A story. A story told by the author. There is very little dialogue, a lot of "telling" what happened and it got confusing at times. Part of the time the author told the story in present tense then in the same paragraph would change to past tense interspersing the dialogue with definitions or explanations regarding what the author was talking about. Don't get me wrong. The story was fascinating; the characters well enough develop A good story but... I really enjoyed this story but it was just that. A story. A story told by the author. There is very little dialogue, a lot of "telling" what happened and it got confusing at times. Part of the time the author told the story in present tense then in the same paragraph would change to past tense interspersing the dialogue with definitions or explanations regarding what the author was talking about. Don't get me wrong. The story was fascinating; the characters well enough developed to be interesting and engaging. I had a hard time putting the book down! I just wish it had been done with little less "telling." All in all I would recommend this book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    when reading fictional books -> I try to select books to read which are: 1] well written 2] well edited 3] well researched and 4] believable. Dennis Carstens’ novels meet all these criteria. He is articulate, he uses prose that is easy to read and is highly descriptive, and the legal situations he creates for his protagonist, attorney Marc Kadella are grounded in Carstens first hand experience with the legal system. The plotline(s) are interesting and suspenseful. Although the author is knowledg when reading fictional books -> I try to select books to read which are: 1] well written 2] well edited 3] well researched and 4] believable. Dennis Carstens’ novels meet all these criteria. He is articulate, he uses prose that is easy to read and is highly descriptive, and the legal situations he creates for his protagonist, attorney Marc Kadella are grounded in Carstens first hand experience with the legal system. The plotline(s) are interesting and suspenseful. Although the author is knowledgeable about his subject -> his literature doesn't come across as condescending. Dennis Carstens has become one of my favorite authors.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barbara J Maich

    Serial killer A legal thriller that will captivate you from start to finish. Brittany has a young daughter and meets a new boyfriend. He seems to be everything the young widow needed in a relationship. She got up one morning and the boyfriend and her baby were gone. 10 days later her controlling mother found out the baby was missing and called the police. The police did not believe the boyfriend existed and Brittany was charge with child neglect which changed to murder once the body was found. Th Serial killer A legal thriller that will captivate you from start to finish. Brittany has a young daughter and meets a new boyfriend. He seems to be everything the young widow needed in a relationship. She got up one morning and the boyfriend and her baby were gone. 10 days later her controlling mother found out the baby was missing and called the police. The police did not believe the boyfriend existed and Brittany was charge with child neglect which changed to murder once the body was found. The trial is intriguing and the media crucify Brittany. A must read. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

  13. 4 out of 5

    David Brown

    I was very disappointed with this book. After a promising start; kidnapping of a two year old, it bogged down and never really recovered. The first two thirds of the book dealt with the search for the child and the boy friend and the family dynamics. When we final go to court it was seriously boring and repetitive. The result was created by the discovery at the last minute of a missing witness. We then learnt that we knew the murderer all along. The end was disappointing but it seems to me that I was very disappointed with this book. After a promising start; kidnapping of a two year old, it bogged down and never really recovered. The first two thirds of the book dealt with the search for the child and the boy friend and the family dynamics. When we final go to court it was seriously boring and repetitive. The result was created by the discovery at the last minute of a missing witness. We then learnt that we knew the murderer all along. The end was disappointing but it seems to me that is way this author likes to deal with his badies.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    3 Stars Media Justice is the third book in the Marc Kadella Legal Mysteries Series by Dennis Carstens. Marc Kadella defends a young single mother is charged with the murder of her adorable 2 year-old daughter. There is a public outcry, and the young mother is tried in the media, before she even gets the chance to do so in the courtroom. What happens, you ask? Well, you really should read all the details for yourself to avoid me giving away any spoilers. The story felt quite realistic and believab 3 Stars Media Justice is the third book in the Marc Kadella Legal Mysteries Series by Dennis Carstens. Marc Kadella defends a young single mother is charged with the murder of her adorable 2 year-old daughter. There is a public outcry, and the young mother is tried in the media, before she even gets the chance to do so in the courtroom. What happens, you ask? Well, you really should read all the details for yourself to avoid me giving away any spoilers. The story felt quite realistic and believable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Captain Dady Mody

    I enjoyed the book immensely, the rendition of the court room drama was superb & (in my mind very real, believable & well written.) The ending however was, I felt, cobbled together. Despite that it was a very gripping story for 97% of its pages. It certainly held my attention from the start to close to its end. A truly recommended read which thoroughly kept the pages turning on my Kindle late into the night.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette Hurrelbrink

    Media Justice WOW! is all I can say about this story. Carstens is a fantastic writer. This story kept me in suspense literally until the last two pages! I like the way Carstens keeps you thinking not guessing. I usually figure out the villain fairly soon when reading mysteries, but Of the three novels I have read in this series, I have been kept in suspense until the end. Can't wait to read number four! Media Justice WOW! is all I can say about this story. Carstens is a fantastic writer. This story kept me in suspense literally until the last two pages! I like the way Carstens keeps you thinking not guessing. I usually figure out the villain fairly soon when reading mysteries, but Of the three novels I have read in this series, I have been kept in suspense until the end. Can't wait to read number four!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ken Bour

    Another excellent legal drama from Dennis Carstens featuring defense attorney Marc Kadella. I thoroughly enjoyed the development of this story and only learned, after finishing it, that it was based upon a true case. I particularly appreciated the way that Dennis portrayed the media, which considers itself "news;" however, in reality, honest and accurate reporting is frequently sacrificed to enhance and protect viewership regardless what means it has to employ to foster that end. Another excellent legal drama from Dennis Carstens featuring defense attorney Marc Kadella. I thoroughly enjoyed the development of this story and only learned, after finishing it, that it was based upon a true case. I particularly appreciated the way that Dennis portrayed the media, which considers itself "news;" however, in reality, honest and accurate reporting is frequently sacrificed to enhance and protect viewership regardless what means it has to employ to foster that end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    What a terrific book! I could barely put this stosy down. The basic concept of the media shaping and sensationalizing the news is so very relevant at this time. The story is fast paced and brilliantly done. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a legal thriller that will keep your attention all the way to the very last page.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Gripping and Informative If only all e-learning were presented like this! I read the book to learn about how much the media and faulty justice system can badly influence outcomes. Mission accomplished as the author grabbed me by the throat and dragged me into his superb narrative. Edutained, without doubt. Will look for more by D.C. Thanks for the experience.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Excellent story. Very timely with all the "Fake News" going on today. News organizations want sensational. They aren't particularly interested in fact or the truth. Anything sells, the more false or misconstrued to look exhilarating the better. It is a great read and hard to put down. Strange ending. The culprit didn't have a strong motive for his deeds. Excellent story. Very timely with all the "Fake News" going on today. News organizations want sensational. They aren't particularly interested in fact or the truth. Anything sells, the more false or misconstrued to look exhilarating the better. It is a great read and hard to put down. Strange ending. The culprit didn't have a strong motive for his deeds.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patty U.

    Wow. This has been the best one so far. I could not read it fast enough. I was shocked to find out who the killer was. That is the cool thing about this author, he makes the killers someone you wouldn't imagine. I have three more in this series to read and I can't wait. I don't think I will be disappointed. Wow. This has been the best one so far. I could not read it fast enough. I was shocked to find out who the killer was. That is the cool thing about this author, he makes the killers someone you wouldn't imagine. I have three more in this series to read and I can't wait. I don't think I will be disappointed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mervin O'Sullivan

    I have now read several books ow written by Dennis Carstens and I have enjoyed all of them. They tell several stories about Marc Kadella as a Defence Criminal Lawyer. All well written and show how the Criminal Justice system works in the US. Dennis Carstens uses his experience when he practised as a lawyer and makes it a facinating read. I look forward to the next one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Ammons

    Mr. Carstens has done it again! While Media Justice does not really take off until Chapter 13, when Marc Kadella shows up, give it a chance. Chapters 1 through 12 give you the backstory. A classic example of the media convicting someone before she's even been to trial. What really happened to Becky and who is to blame? There is a twist in this tale that you won't expect. Mr. Carstens has done it again! While Media Justice does not really take off until Chapter 13, when Marc Kadella shows up, give it a chance. Chapters 1 through 12 give you the backstory. A classic example of the media convicting someone before she's even been to trial. What really happened to Becky and who is to blame? There is a twist in this tale that you won't expect.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    Another great book by this author. I love the main character and his determination to win the case and do what is right. I love the character's that surround him also. I believe this book is one of the best in the series yet. I am going to move on the the next one I haven't read yet. This set is worth buying for sure! Another great book by this author. I love the main character and his determination to win the case and do what is right. I love the character's that surround him also. I believe this book is one of the best in the series yet. I am going to move on the the next one I haven't read yet. This set is worth buying for sure!

  25. 5 out of 5

    anna ball

    Media Justice I definitely enjoy reading these books and you can’t figure out the ending no matter how hard you try, which makes me want to read them all. So far out of the 3 I have read there are parts that I cried about and parts I laughed about and parts I said that is justice!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    BIG disappointment! I gave it 2- stars only out of loyalty to the author( I very much enjoyed the first two Marc Kadella books. This one however I quit after only a short way in. Marc's client is a low-life of a mother, and I couldn't imagine trudging thru the pages rooting for Marc to win. I will, however, move on to the next in the series. BIG disappointment! I gave it 2- stars only out of loyalty to the author( I very much enjoyed the first two Marc Kadella books. This one however I quit after only a short way in. Marc's client is a low-life of a mother, and I couldn't imagine trudging thru the pages rooting for Marc to win. I will, however, move on to the next in the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mike Brannick

    Another great one. Good descriptions of Minnesota weather, interesting case, including the very partisan media coverage. Great characters, many returning from the first two books. His description of news outlets reporting are on spot. I noticed just yesterday one news outlet using the "It is reported that. . . " technique. Read the book. You'll see what I mean. Another great one. Good descriptions of Minnesota weather, interesting case, including the very partisan media coverage. Great characters, many returning from the first two books. His description of news outlets reporting are on spot. I noticed just yesterday one news outlet using the "It is reported that. . . " technique. Read the book. You'll see what I mean.

  28. 5 out of 5

    mary ann mcdonald

    Very good & very disturbing the way the media played the reporting of the trial. This was a book I couldn't put down!! Very good & very disturbing the way the media reported the trial!! Read on one sitting U couldn't put down. Very good & very disturbing the way the media played the reporting of the trial. This was a book I couldn't put down!! Very good & very disturbing the way the media reported the trial!! Read on one sitting U couldn't put down.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Josh bennett

    Awesome book This is the 3rd one ive read by far the best yet. Everything is covered in a very realstic and true fashion, but also makes you question youself. Great read cant wait to read more!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    It was a good read and showed how the media does control how people react to things. And how much control the media has on public opinion. I did think it was a little long and drawn out. But overall a good read.

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