In Danger of Judgment provides plenty of action, making this a rousing success for David Rabin. I predict there will be more titles to follow.


About The Book

Publication Date: August 4, 2022

When a covert operation during the Vietnam War ends in tragedy, one of its members resolves to kill the man who betrayed it to the enemy. Now, fifteen years later, he’ll finally get his chance.

Chicago, 1987. Home of mediocre baseball teams, gangs that rule the streets, and a Mexican drug cartel that supplies the city with heroin. Chicago Police Detective Marcelle DeSantis and her partner, Bernie Bernardelli, are working a series of heroin-related murders, and their job just got more complicated. The man who sabotaged the Vietnam operation, Robert Thornton, is now the chief enforcer for a Southeast Asian heroin cartel, and after fifteen years overseas he’s arrived in Chicago to eliminate the reigning cartel and seize control of the city’s heroin trade.

Racing to stop a drug war, Marcelle and Bernie don’t realize they’re about to be caught in a deadly crossfire: another man is circling in the wings, one of Thornton’s soldiers from Vietnam, who’s preparing to exact his long-sought revenge against his former mentor. He’s the last person anyone would ever suspect, and when he finally makes his move, the paths of these four people will explosively converge.



The Review

As a new voice in the thriller genre, author David Rabin delivers a debut stand-out with In Danger of Judgment. Set in 1987, the book centers around two police detectives in Chicago who encounter a new kind of criminal in the heroin trade.

Drawing upon a set of events occurring 15 years prior in Vietnam, the author lays the groundwork for the past to collide with the present. While detectives Marcelle DeSantis and Bernie Bernardelli are trying to untangle a series of gang deaths, they are assigned to work with the feds on the possibility that a cartel from Southeast Asia is planning to take over the heroin trade in Chicago.

What ensues is an intriguing game of cat and mouse. Not only is the cartel’s security head an American, but he has ties to the events in Vietnam. Meanwhile, there is someone else lurking in the shadows, ready to exact revenge from the past. This adds a high level of intrigue to the story.

With well-developed characters and memorable dialog, the storyline moves at a fast pace. Since the chapters are organized by date and time, the author provides an excellent framework for the drama to play out. In fact, this is one of those stories difficult to put down until the end.

In Danger of Judgment provides plenty of action, making this a rousing success for David Rabin. I predict there will be more titles to follow.

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About The AuthorDAVID RABIN was born in Chicago and raised in its Lakeview neighborhood. He later moved to Atlanta, where he worked as a trial lawyer for thirty-three years. Now retired, he writes fiction, runs a competitive shooting program, and competes in rifle sports, including the discipline of Highpower Rifle, in which he holds two High Master classifications. He and his wife, a former clinical social worker, have two grown sons. In Danger of Judgment is his first novel.


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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. Great review!
    “the chapters are organized by date and time” – I love this!
    This is always an added bonus for me.
    Sounds like a great read!


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In Danger of Judgment provides plenty of action, making this a rousing success for David Rabin. I predict there will be more titles to follow.5-STAR REVIEW: IN DANGER OF JUDGMENT by David Rabin