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Book Review: The One-Eyed Judge

By Gail Gianasi Natale

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The One-Eyed Judge

By Michael Ponsor
Open Road Integrated Media (2017) 

The One-Eyed Judge is Michael Ponsor’s second novel featuring David Norcross who, like the author, is a federal judge in the Western District of Massachusetts. The 394-page courthouse procedural is a well-made read.

Ponsor has established a two-book tradition of presenting little-known historical facts to flesh out his fictional main story line.

This novel, like his first, The Hanging Judge, is set in and around Amherst College and the federal courthouse in Springfield. The One-Eyed Judge has a few allusions to Ponsor’s first book such as how Norcross got the sobriquet of the novel’s title (“a loopy pro se litigant had discharged a pistol in his face”) and that defense attorney Linda Ames had worked with Bill Redpath, a skilled Boston defense attorney in The Hanging Judge.

In The One-Eyed Judge, crotchety Amherst College English Professor Sidney Cranmer is arrested on federal child pornography charges, charges inadverten

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