Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This novel is categorized as "mystery/thriller - legal thriller" but it seems that is a bit of an exaggeration. It has plenty of mystery and much, much court room drama, but I could not find the "thriller" element of the story. In fact, the story is told in a calm, matter-of-fact way that reduces any anxiety or thrill that might have come along.
That said, it is a very good legal/court room drama story with numerous plot twists that will keep you listening. In this one, a litigator (white shoe law firm partner, husband, son, father) finds himself in the midst of a host of dilemmas, including representation of a family friend whom he distrusts and despises, infidelity, lying under oath, suicide/re-murder questions, and more.
I liked David Ledoux's narration very much and enjoyed the way the story developed. It was not a nail-biter by any means, but did get a gasp or two from me near the end of the story as surprising new twists are revealed.
Don't be fooled by the early chapters of this novel; it is NOT what it seems. It is much better than what it seems! This is the story of an attorney who has lost everything in his life and how one case redeems him and starts his life anew. His court room activities are central and his relationships with other lawyers likewise. However, the story has some devious twists and turns that the listener can't possibly see coming. . . yet in the end, they are quite logical and believable.
The narration leaves a little something to be desired. . . Collins' voice is a bit pretentious and seems affected at times, but get beyond that because the story is a great one.
Christopher Lane's performance of this book brings it to life in an extraordinary manner! The main character, an aging lawyer, is a bit of an out-of-touch snob and Lane's voice nails such a character perfectly! In addition the depiction of the partner/associate/staff culture of the big snooty, black shoe LA law firm is right on.
The story is just excellent with twists and turns that will stump you right to the end. "Who really did it?", you will ask all along the way. There are so many good possibilities. And it is fun to see two attorneys, neither of them experts in criminal law, try to solve the murder mystery. Missteps galore make for humor and suspense. Then throw in the further mystery of an ancient, valuable coin and the circle of suspects grows.
This is a very good book, performed by an excellent reader. It is different in tone and pace, but that is it's secret to success.