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Suzn F

Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US Member Since 2005

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  • "Terrific Book"

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    This is really part two of a previous book by Turow, Presumed Innocent. Although not entirely necessary to read the first of this two part series, I think doing so brings the listener a much better understanding of the story line. That book was quite good also.
    This book kept my interest throughout.
    I found myself engrossed in the characters lives and story. The ending is satisfying; the exception being a few paragraphs that are narrated by a female portraying one of the main characters, that just didn't fit in with the rest of the well written novel.
    Nevertheless, Turow is skilled in bringing the listener along as his characters are faced with choices and dilemmas in their lives, making the story so interesting and engrossing.
    The narrator, Edward Hermann, in both of these books is so very expertise in his tone, pace and challenging accents.
    If you like stories about lawyers, crime, and courtroom drama, you should enjoy this book, as well as Presumed Innocent.
    Happy listening!

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    Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
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    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
  • "The Best Yet"

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    Oh this is my favorite in this series of three, although I believe that each one of these books can stand alone. The main character Sandy, is such a likable man, with his finesse and then bumbling faults. The author takes us along with Sandy in his new phase of life , unexpected after a long marriage. I was at times feeling heartsick with this character and his family, and at times laughed out loud. The narrator does a fine job with this text. I truly enjoyed this book, I didn't want it to end.

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    The Burden of Proof

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    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
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    Presumed Innocent was the fiction debut of the decade - a magnetic work of suspense that earned Turow acclaim for his unparalleled storytelling gifts. Now, in a brilliant follow-up, Scott Turow stakes his claim as an American master, in a mesmerizing novel of law, family and deceit. Alejandro "Sandy" Stern - the brilliant defense lawyer from Presumed Innocent - comes home to discover that his wife of 30 years has committed suicide, leaving behind a web of mystery, money, and guilt.

    Suzn F says: "The Best Yet"
  • "I confess, I loved it!"

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    This book held my interest from the beginning. I find it interesting that Grisham gives us another book about an innocent man wrongly accused. In this novel, the reader comes to know and understand and feel for the main characters, and rightly despise the true murderer. The characters have depth and are driven by their convictions. The only criticism I have is that I wish Grisham would have given the mother of the victim more dimension, because she was presented so singularly, I found it difficult to feel as much sympathy as I wished to, for her and her family.
    Otherwise, I was engaged and interested throughout this book. Very few authors can keep you feeling so "on the edge" for so much of the book, just waiting as each chapter goes by to see if the accused can avoid execution. The reader finds him or herself waiting for those in power to listen to and act positively on the appeals and motions. I didn't want to stop listening, I had to know what would happen.
    The ending was wrapped up neatly, maybe a bit too quickly or tidily. Regardless, I liked this book.

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    The Confession: A Novel

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    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
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  • The Suspect

    "Very good...."

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    Not sure why I bought this book -- in general, legal thrillers drive me nuts (do doctors read medical thrillers?) but this was an okay book. Better than okay, in fact. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    I think part of the difference was Lescroat's choice of protagonists. Gina Roake, a lady lawyer who'd taken a professional bashing, been out of the game for a time, comes to this case just to help out a friend with what everyone expected would be a simple appearance. Then it rather quickly turns into a murder trial, something she's never done before, ever. What was charming (no other word will quite do) was the lack of arrogance involved here. Roake makes mistakes -- big ones, we see it, she sees it, but instead of covering it up with bluster and blaming everyone else, she admits it. Wow! How uncommon is that? HA -- but there was a kind of touching integrity to her character, something not seen often at all in the halls of justice, either in fiction or real life.

    Without issuing a spoiler, Lescroat also targets an very unusual person as the villain -- or one of them, anyway. Political correctness usually shields some people from being portrayed as nasty or criminally inclined, but not Lescroat. That, too, was refreshing.

    Okay, so I'm not likely to turn into a fanatic fan of legal thrillers, but this was a very good book -- I'll look for more of Lescroat books, I can say that.

  • The Fifth Witness

    "Some good, some bad, some so-so"

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    As a recovering lawyer myself, I rarely read legal thrillers -- I wonder, do doctors avoid medical thrillers for the same reason? But, having liked the early Harry Bosch books, I decided to give this Michael Connolly book a chance. Bottom line: unless I find some other Haller book on a really good sale somewhere, I probably won't buy any more. It's primarily ear fodder, nothing more.

    First the good: it's fun to see Connolly insert real people into the novel -- Hollywood agent supreme Joel Gotler, Shami Arselanian, the forensics expert. Rather cleverly done, I thought. Then too, Connolly did a great job of describing the client from hell. I suspect every lawyer has had one of more of these nightmares come in for help and representation. Suffice it to say that Connolly described "Lisa" so perfectly it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Horrors. Been there, done that. (The client from hell is one who doesn't tell you everything, but holds some stuff back, especially the really damaging stuff. They they go off on their own, talking to the media, contacting people, trying to "help". Can drive you nuts -- not to mention kill their own case.) Connolly did that very well.

    Now the bad: it's nothing short of mind-numbing to listen to page after page of trial transcript. "And what did you do with the piece of paper then?" "I put it into an envelope." "And what did you do with the envelope?" I put it into the evidence locker..." On and on and on, trivia, to the point that you consider a primal scream as the only possible remedy. If you're reading the book, you can skim and skip all this nonsense. If you're listening, you're pretty much stuck.

    But worse than that, I think, is Connolly's -- or "Michael Hallers" -- endless pontificating about what he does in front of the jury, and why he does it. We listen to how -- and exactly where -- he places his hands on his hips, the expression he assumes on his face, how he spins and turns and walks away, all the while wondering if the jury is getting his message. Yes. I expect everyone in the Western world now realizes that a trial is nothing but showtime, and the lawyers must be actors more than anything else -- no wonder Connolly and Joel Gotler are such good friends. But still, Connolly carries it to the point of absurdity. He makes Haller look like a fool, in my opinion. In my experience, most juries -- all except the OJ one, anyway -- would see right through poor acting like this, and penalize the lawyer who does it. From Connolly's description, there's not a shred of sincerity anywhere in Haller's makeup. I don't think that plays well -- with juries not to mention with any of Haller's former wives.

    So-so: I thought the plot device of having the prosecution drop "new evidence" on the defense --over and over again, ad nauseum -- both just before and during the trial got a little silly. Too much. And Haller's outrage each time was identical to the time before. I got tired of it.

    Summary? I now live in Israel where we don't have jury trials. Judges make decisions on court cases, not lay juries. After reading one of the Michael Haller books, I have more reason than ever before before to thank Gd for that aspect of our national system of justice.

  • The Flight

    "Absolutely fascinating -- and terrifying"

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    This is not a book to read on an airplane -- in terms of 'airline disaster' books, this is right up there with John Nance's "Turbulence" or Nelson DeMille's "Mayday". Excellent, just excellent -- not told from a passenger's point of view, but rather from the standpoint of the coroner, in this case, the intrepid Jenny Cooper, a clear candidate for the world's "human being most likely to lose her job" award. Not that she should lose her job -- just that she manages, as always, to get the world's most powerful people clamoring for her head. Attached to her body or not.

    Through a complicated situation, Jenny Cooper finds it necessary to find out why Flight 189 plunged into the Severn Estuary killing everyone on board, plus at least one (part of the plot) on the ground. Although technically barred from investigating the cause of the crash itself -- something the Powers That Be most definitely do NOT want investigated -- Jenny edges into the investigation because the body of a young girl who was on the flight washes up into her territory. It's a battle royal, not only to find out what made the plane crash, but for Jenny to stay alive while she does it. After all, hundreds of people are already dead. What's one more?

    If you haven't read the M. R. Hall series, of which this is the 4th book, you've got a treat in store. The tension just doesn't let up -- but what's even more interesting in this book was the amount of technical information included along the way. I'm not an engineer -- still can't quite believe how anything that big can fly -- but there are several testimonials from people who do know such things that M. R. Hall -- a male author who hails from Wales -- did a lot of research, and they say what Hall describes is perfectly possible even if highly unlikely. I thought all the airline trivia details were fascinating -- not just of the crash itself, but of how airline companies work, what pressures the employees are under, and how the whole airline culture functions.

    Of course there's a human element, too -- the scenes with Jenny's dying father, with whom she was never close, ring true, as does her interaction with her seriously difficult secretary Allison. I suspect that many of us have had to deal with an "Allison". Mine was named Pauline, and some of the interaction between Jenny and her moody and obnoxious staffer made me laugh at some of my own difficult situations all over again.

    I really love this series, and am astonished when I hear people say, "M. R. Hall" Who's that?" Hall is a top notch author who deserves to be at the top of everyone's list -- just don't bring this one on an airplane if you know what's good for you.

  • The Vendetta Defense

    "Narrator problems..."

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    This is one of Lisa Scottoline's older books -- 2004. I've read at least ten of these books and enjoyed them all. This was my first audible Scottoline, and I was really looking forward to it -- this is one of the books I hadn't read.

    I don't know if Barbara Rosenblat narrates them all -- I'll have to check -- but she had problems with this one. First of all, she's eating something throughout the whole book. That's so unprofessional I can't get my mind around it -- okay, so maybe it was just a lozenge or mint or chewing gum or something, but it ranges from merely annoying to downright disgusting. And of course its one of those things that when you've noticed it, you become aware of nothing else.

    Or almost nothing. The thing is, in the books, lawyer Judy Carter comes across as merely young, inexperienced and a wee bit naive about her profession -- it's kind of charming, actually. Endearing. She reminds you of one of the characters is Scott Turow's, "One L" chronicling the lives of first-year law students, when one shouted, "Gd, I love the law!" That's sort of funny, you know? The thing is, almost everyone gets over that by the time they finish law school -- but Judy Carter clings to it, even in her first years of practice. Still, in the books, it doesn't really come off as offensive or dumb -- just sort of hopelessly young, something all of us were, back when.....

    But not so in the audio edition. Here, the narrator turns Judy's gushing enthusiasm into something that become embarrassing. Most adults don't have such unparalleled faith in, and devotion to, the law, as such. Most of us are all too aware of its shortcomings. So hearing Judy endlessly wax lyrical over the nobility of the whole thing, in such worshipful tones, comes across as borderline stupid. It's not pleasant.

    Scottoline's books frequently deal with Italian Americans -- another thing I like about them, for obvious reasons. She gets the culture exact right -- I hear my relatives in her words, I picture the scenes, recall my own family. It's something I really love about her books. But here, the way the narrator portrays "Pigeon Tony", a frail, elderly ethnic Italian, the Italian-American thing becomes painful, patronizing at best, humiliating at worst. Constantly referring to him as "cute" -- something I probably wouldn't notice in the written version -- but here, with Rosenblat's special emphasis -- "cute" grates on my nerves. He's a grown man, for crying out loud. A man who has survived horrors few of us can even imagine and yet he still managed to escape, to live and survive in a very foreign country, living a productive and worthy life. Now in his old age, he shouldn't be dismissed as "cute" -- the same word that's also applied (with exactly the same emphasis) to Judy's new puppy. That's not nice -- and the whole thing is made worse by Rosenblat's over-the-top Italian accent. Sheesh -- it's a disrespectful caricature that starts to hurt after a while. Do Italians really sound that stupid?

    An hour in, I decided that I need to go find a paper copy of this book and read it, and see if it was Scottoline who missed the mark in this one, or if it was all the narrator. I think the latter, because the story line is excellent and worthy of attention.

    I may try another Audible Scottoline, if I can find one read by someone other than this narrator. That "eating" thing just drives me nuts -- I won't willingly put up with another book read by a narrator talking with her mouth full.

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  • "Good story, reader struggled"

    54 of 60 helpful votes

    Grisham wrote a pretty good book here. I liked the story and while not his best, still worth the listen. However, I didnt like Dennis Boutsikaris much at all. His tone was pleasant enough but his delivery speed seemed much too quick for my liking. Also, he makes it tough to discern between characters....he makes all of the characters sound alike which makes you really have to concentrate while listening. With Boutsikaris there is no day dreaming and then coming back to Earth and being able to identify which chartcter is talking. I found myself often hitting my 30 second playback.

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    The Litigators

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    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
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    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"

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    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

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    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
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UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris

    The Litigators

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    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
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    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
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  • Terminal City (






UNABRIDGED) by Linda Fairstein Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

    Terminal City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    With her newest Alexandra Cooper novel, Terminal City, New York Times best-selling author Linda Fairstein delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City - its glamour, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness. Linda Fairstein is well-known for illuminating the dark histories in many of New York's forgotten corners - and sometimes in the city's most popular landmarks. In Terminal City, Fairstein turns her attention to one of New York's most iconic structures - Grand Central Terminal.

    Joanne says: "Truly disappointing"
  • The Fifth Witness (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Connelly Narrated by Peter Giles

    The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4533)
    Performance
    (2546)
    Story
    (2524)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
  • The Summons & The Brethren (






UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Frank Muller, Michael Beck

    The Summons & The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller, Michael Beck
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (364)

    The Summons: Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi. Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. The Brethren: They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. In prison these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong. Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich, very fast.

    Michael says: "Great Performance"
  • The Testament (






UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Frank Muller

    The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1477)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (562)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
  • Thump (






UNABRIDGED) by Avraham Azrieli Narrated by Steven Cooper

    Thump

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Avraham Azrieli
    • Narrated By Steven Cooper
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    A handsome African American, his white female boss, and an explosive sexual harassment trial that threatens to destroy the richest investment firm in Baltimore.

  • Personal Injuries (






UNABRIDGED) by Scott Turow Narrated by Mark Bramhall

    Personal Injuries

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    To Robbie Feaver the law is all about making a play - to a client, a jury, or a judge. But when the flashy, womanizing, multimillion-dollar personal injury lawyer is caught offering bribes, he's forced to wear a wire. Even as the besieged attorney looks after his ailing wife, Feaver must also make tapes that will hurl his friends, his enemies, his city, and a particular FBI undercover agent into a crisis of conscience and law.

    Bobbie says: "Do not buy IF.."
  • Stay of Execution (






UNABRIDGED) by William P. Wood Narrated by John McLain

    Stay of Execution

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By William P. Wood
    • Narrated By John McLain
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Wood delivers another knock-out punch - the story of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Keegan, who is running for reelection…and running from the truth about his wife's recent death in a fiery car accident. Prompted by his anguish, Keegan decides to prosecute an explosive murder case himself. Now his reputation hangs in the balance.

  • Chequered Justice (






UNABRIDGED) by John Bartlett Narrated by Leslie Phillips

    Chequered Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Bartlett
    • Narrated By Leslie Phillips
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Only a handful of individuals ever make it in the world of professional racing. Only a minute few of those who do make it, experience the devastating effects of becoming seriously injured, with the inevitable collapse of their life’s dreams. Imagine the trauma and torment of losing it all, only to be accused of having deliberately constructed the event of your downfall ... by the Crown!

    :) says: "Made my road trip enjoyable!"
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  • Salt River (






UNABRIDGED) by James Sallis Narrated by Peter Brooke

    Salt River

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Sallis
    • Narrated By Peter Brooke
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Two years have passed since Turner's lover, Val Bjorn, was shot as they sat together on the porch of his cabin. Then the sheriff's long-lost son comes ploughing down Main Street in what appears to be a stolen car. And waiting at Turner's cabin is his good friend, Eldon Brown. Haunted by his own ghosts, Turner nonetheless goes in search of a truth he's not sure he can live with.

  • The Best Defense (






UNABRIDGED) by A. W. Gray Narrated by Rebecca Mitchell

    The Best Defense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. W. Gray
    • Narrated By Rebecca Mitchell
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    At a gala event in downtown Dallas, lawyer Sharon Hays runs into an old friend turned Hollywood star who is in town promoting her most recent film with her current lover - a Hollywood bad boy. But when a brutally murdered corpse is discovered in her posh hotel suite, the starlet finds herself accused of the crime. Sharon is all too eager to take up her friend's defense, but the facts of what happened that night in the hotel room are far from clear.

  • No Time to Hide: Legal Thriller Featuring Michael Collins, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by J. D. Trafford Narrated by John Wray

    No Time to Hide: Legal Thriller Featuring Michael Collins, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J. D. Trafford
    • Narrated By John Wray
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    For years, Michael Collins evaded FBI Agent Frank Vatch and avoided prosecution for purportedly taking millions of dollars in client funds. He had quit the practice of law, burned his suits and ties in a glorious back alley bonfire, and dropped out. He loved his life as a beach bum in Mexico, but the investigation was never over. He was never truly free. In No Time to Hide, Michael Collins is indicted, arrested, and must account for his past. The only question is whether Michael Collins has one more trick up his sleeve or whether it's all over.