Search Our Site



Race to Judgment


Race to Judgment is a work of “reality fiction” that takes a hard look at the seething racial tensions and political corruption in New York City.
The story tracks the meteoric rise of Ken Williams, an African-American attorney and civil rights advocate, as he seeks to unseat the corrupt Brooklyn DA responsible for a spate of phony convictions against black defendants. Unfortunately for Mr. Williams, he will soon find out that his passion for challenging the powers that be can be extremely dangerous business. This character is loosely based on the the reallife former Brooklyn DA, Ken Thompson, who tragically passed away in 2016 at the age of fifty.

In his spare time, Ken Williams is also a musician who plays jazz piano and composes country songs that he performs in local bars. The actual songs were composed by the author, and the sheet music is included in the book; recordings will also be available for download. Populated by the types of larger-than-life characters that have long made New York City a place that captures people’s imaginations around the globe, Race to Judgment is an eyes-wideopen thrill ride through the city that never sleeps.

Buy the Book

Get it from Amazon
Get it from Barnes and Noble


SelectBooks, Inc.





Book Preview

Read an excerpt of Race to Judgment


David Baldacci David Baldacci #1 New York Times best-selling author
“Reads with the pace of a whip crack. Judge Block knows this world cold. Take the plunge.”
Ron Kuby Ron Kuby Criminal defense and civil rights lawyer
“With heroes and villains as boldly drawn as the tabloid headlines, Race to Judgment provides a thrill ride through the bad not-so-old days of the Brooklyn justice system.”
Linda Fairstein Linda Fairstein New York Times best-selling author
“Race to Judgment is a riveting thriller about truth and justice, from a courtroom pro who has viewed the bench from both sides.”
Reed Farrel Coleman Reed Farrel Coleman New York Times best-selling author of What You Break
“Block’s Race to Judgment is the inside skinny on the justice system from a man who lives it every day, but it’s the story that shines. Read and enjoy.”
David Lat David Lat Founder of and Author of Supreme Ambitions
“Judge Block’s Race to Judgment is a gripping page-turner with the added virtue of realism. I devoured it in a weekend, and I suspect you will do the same.”
James Barbour James Barbour Broadway star, The Phantom of the Opera
“An impactful crime drama. And the music is a joy. Hearing Judge Block sing his songs had me smiling all the way through.”

The Soundtrack

Songs that appear in the book are available for listening as a free download. Music and Lyrics by Frederic Block.

Listen to the songs

Pin It


Stay informed about Fred's works.
Subscribe to the newsletter.