Reviews for Street Judge

Library Journal Express Reviews
Verdict: Television's Judge Mathis presents an autobiographical first novel that takes place in the Detroit courtrooms more than the streets. We learn how Mathis rose from a street background to become a sitting judge. Unfortunately, the author talks too much about himself, which prevents his admirable story from developing. Still, Mathis's name is out there, so librarians should order. Background: Mathis's fiction debut is more of a procedural mystery than an action-oriented street tale. The brutal beheading of a woman from the hood attracts Judge Mathis's attention because the case appears to have a connection to his days on the street. A mysterious sex tape prompts Mathis to turn up several "rocks." Lots of nasty creatures scurry away, including some powerful attorneys. Mathis, the character, is as comfortable in his courtroom as he is connecting with street players as he searches for the truth.--Rollie Welch, Cleveland P.L. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews
Mathis, a juvenile delinquent turned judge and courtroom reality show host in Detroit, Mich., delivers his unfortunate first novel, a trite thriller featuring a crusading Mathis as the protagonist. The action begins as Mathis uncovers corruption in the seductive form of ambitious assistant D.A. Carolyn Otto, who has begun an affair with Mathis's good friend, Gram Olson, in an attempt to swindle Gram's wife's money. Carolyn (whom Mathis refers to as "black widow" ad nauseam) reaches the apex of evil as she blackmails Olson and tries to bribe Mathis himself. Simultaneously, Mathis is searching for the killer of Sheila Morgan, a single mother who was decapitated. Unfortunately, the narrative is disjointed and comically hokey, and the prose is less than lackluster. (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.