||Oct. 23, 2006
Nicole Duval, assistant prosecutor for the DA’s office, has one wish: to see her rapist brought to justice. When she falls in love with Judge Anthony Keegan, problems in their relationship, related to her rape, multiply when they discover a horrible secret capable of destroying them. When the masks of denial are stripped away, they must confront their worst nightmare.
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When I first started writing 'When Justice is Served', a friend of mine had recently been raped. It was a devastating struggle for her to attempt to overcome the deep trauma that subtracted from her mental and emotional peace of mind. In her own words, she stated, "One never gets over such a horrible thing, and it leaves scars that affect one's entire life."
Statistics on rape in the United States are astounding. Every two minutes or less, someone is sexually assaulted, and approximately one-fifth of all American women become victims of sexual assault. Statistics are higher among college students. While most rapes are never reported, neither is the tragedy a rape victim suffers in the struggle to find physical, mental, and most of all, emotional healing. Some never find it.
My book, 'When Justice is Served', gives a fictional account of one young woman's dramatic struggle to overcome the devastating trauma that nearly destroyed her life. Although her story is dramatized, it nevertheless characterizes to a large degree what a rape victim must go through toward seeking balance in a disrupted life.
I hope you enjoy my book, and if you are a rape victim, I hope Nicole Duval's perseverance toward overcoming the neurosis sustained from her rape will serve as motivation for you to keep trying to find peace and happiness in your own life.
Douglas lifted her arms about his neck, and drew her closer to him.
Her mouth started seeking and savoring with abandon similar to that time year's previously when she'd kissed him at her father’s office party.
Then his arms became tighter, more demanding. One of his hands slid down to cup her buttock, drawing her against his hard erection.
The threat of danger kicked in like a fire alarm going off.
Nicole’s brain reverted to another time. Flashbacks played across her mind like video clips, calling up fear, horror, and revulsion imbedded like a disease in her memory from the evening following her graduation from law school.
Her hands flew from Douglas’s shoulders to his chest and she pushed, twisting her body away from the cabinet so she could back away from him. Her eyes looked wild and animal-like.
Douglas snapped to attention, startled by Nicole’s odd behavior.
“Nicole,” he said, reaching out to her.
She backed away, throwing out her arms to ward off his approach. Her eyes seemed disconnected, rolling around in their sockets like loose marbles.
“Nicole, are you all right?”
Her arms flew out again, pushing, striking out, and shoving at an imaginary person or thing, while her eyes looked wild and unfocused.
Douglas backed away to give her space.
She grasped the edge of the countertop to support her weight. Then she moved her head on her shoulders, rolling it about as if trying to relieve tension in her neck.
Her eyes blinked and glanced toward the ceiling. She struggled to divert her focus from that horrible nightmare left ingrained in her memory by the monster that attacked her. She mentally counted the pebble-sized grains on the textured ceiling tiles to bring her mind back to the present.
Awareness of Douglas slowly returned, and she focused on his face. Reality hit her like a giant wave. Douglas had witnessed her aberration, had seen her sick neurosis.
A Passionate Plot
Despair is an integral part of human existence at various times in life; however, Nicole Duval is overwhelmed with it when she is assaulted and raped, causing her life to erupt into a living hell of neuroses, doctors, psychiatrists, and drugs. Then she falls in love with Judge Douglas Keegan and dares hope she can restore her discarded dreams and pitiful life. Having been adopted, and possibly born as a twin, her life comes crashing down when she learns Douglas was also adopted, that they have the same birth dates, and bear similarities in features. A passionate plot webbed with tricky subplots in When Justice is Served keep suspense spiraling to a climatic peak. While Nicole tries to resolve the conflicts surrounding her rape, she and Douglas together search for a solution to the dilemma that they might be brother and sister. Jeanette Cooper has woven a dramatic story of human trials and passions that will keep you guessing to the end.
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Reader Reviews for "When Justice is Served"
|Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath
|Jeanette this cuts right to the bone, a horrifying experience to say that least leaving a lifetime of scars. Yes, in my opinion they need to have even more than they do now for rape victims. Rape leaves its' victims to a certain degree handicapped. Probably something that they will never know let alone society would ever want to admit it or take the proper care that is needed to overcome. Simply put do they ever overcome, push through overcome?
Thank you for taking the time to write such a book that offers accountabilities concerning this issue.
|Reviewed by Jodi Orey
|This review is by RICHARD LEE OREY presented in this space by reason of difficulties in authorsden technical programming.
"WHEN JUSTICE IS SERVED" is one great novel!
Bright, beautiful, law-school educated with a great future--it all falls by the wayside for young Nicole Duval as she is victimized in a vicious, brutal, life-changing sexual assault. It traumatizes her physically. It cripples her mentally and emotionally. And her aftermath memory ruptures her every attempt to resume a normal life.
Rape Trauma Syndrome is the catch-all name mental health professionals use and legions of courts accept as fact to describe its three phases: Disorganization, Reorganization and Integration. The author's insightful treatment of the subject shows us it's not all that cut-and-dried.
For man or woman, author Jeanette Cooper fashions a tale in "When Justice is Served" that makes you live through every gut-wrenching phase of Nicole Duval's brutal attack and emotional aftermath. Central to Cooper's great plotting is a wonderful, heartfelt love story like no other. Unique and compelling.
In Cooper's riveting, page-turning, totally absorbing tale of mystery and suspense is a story filled with love, longing and unrequited desires of the flesh and heart in which she plays out the volcanic-like rumble and explosion of dear Nicole's uncontrollable emotions. In vivid passages, Cooper reveals a deep personal understanding of what happens to a normal, warm-blooded woman who has been subjected to violent and tortuous sexual degradation. In shocking detail, she gives us an unforgettable play-by-play account of one of the worst sins of man against woman. You don't just read words. You feel it in your gut until it sickens you.
As Cooper's central man-woman romantic storyline develops, she demonstrates a remarkable ability to capture the raw, carnal-driven nature of a loving, passionate and viral man in his prime struggling to be a compassionate and understanding lover and committed partner-for-life of young Nicole Duval.
Cooper writes of the backroom goings-on in a metropolitan courthouse as if she were one of the in-crowd. Her expert presentation of courtroom etiquette, tactics, rules of evidence and procedure is mesmerizing. You are there. You see and feel the jurors shrinking back and folding their arms over their chest for security as the accused rapist-defendant Nicole Duval is prosecuting is ordered to openly display to the jury the telltale physical evidence of his body for all to see.
Suddenly, you feel the dynamic young district attorney's heart pounding in her chest as she discovers with a start--in the middle of trial in the courtroom, itself--that the arrogant defendant she is prosecuting is, in fact, the very same man that viciously attacked her years ago. Without warning, Nicole Duval stands face-to-face with her savage rapist. Emotionally spellbinding!
I was hooked and drawn into Cooper's "When Justice is Served" in its first few pages. As I read on, I had to tear myself away in order to take a break to eat and sleep. Everything unessential had to wait. This great story could not wait!
Jeanette Cooper's skill in developing breathtaking suspense is nothing short of masterful. "When Justice is Served" is an emotional trip to rival the best novel I have ever read. The story plot is intoxicating. I simply couldn't move from my chair as I ripped through the pages to the dramatic resolution, a totally surprising and unexpected climax that pulls at the heartstrings.
Yes, it's true: In the last few pages of this magnificent novel, I cried. What a trip!
"When Justice is Served" is an absolutely wonderful read. For most men--at least, those who are open to learning how it feels to be a traumatized rape victim struggling to get back to a normal existence--it will be an extraordinarily enlightening experience. I believe most women will understand and soulfully feel the emotional and mental journey, even if they--thank God--have not been there.
If you read nothing else this year, read, "When Justice is Served." This is one great novel!
Reviewed by Richard Lee Orey
Author, Lawyer, retired
Official Court Reporter
Author-member, Author's Den