Fatal Judgement is the first book in Irene Hannon's Guardians of Justice series. US Marshall, Jake Taylor has just returned to St. Louis. He is on his way home from the airport when he is called on to guard Judge Liz Michaels. Jake and Liz have a history. Liz was married to Jake's best friend. The judge's sister has been murdered. Was it the sister's abusive husband, a break in, or was the judge the target? Jake does his best to guard the judge and keep his distance at the same time. The story has some interesting twists and will keep the reader's interest.