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Ted

Ted Lancaster, PA, United States Member Since 2010

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  • "WHOA! This was totally good!"

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    Disguised as a mystery/thriller/courtroom drama, damn if this isn't a full bodied novel... LITERATURE! Hey, that's sneaky. But Coben has such power to plot and develop characters that he's created a vehicle to investigate both the cultural glue of family and the fragility of hope in the face of fear.

    Gotta admit that Scott Brick, who I've criticized in the past for the portentention of his presentations – has burst through that single dimension and justified for me the esteem which many of his fans express.

    This is both an entertaining and THOUGHTFUL read. I'm a Coben fan, but this is one of his best (so far... I started with his earliest and now I'm off to read more).

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    The Woods

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    • By Harlan Coben
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    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Ted says: "WHOA! This was totally good!"
  • "Twistier Than A Twizzler"

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    OK... during the read I kept muttering, "Damn! Didn't see that coming!"

    Mitzner's plotting is magnetic. You know, the kind of story that keeps you listening in the driveway after the ride home? This story will create an interest that will conflict with whatever else you've got to do besides listen to the next part. It's hard to believe that the guy who started out with this novel fell so far apart with his next, "A Case Of Redemption." I'm glad that I gave Mitzner another chance with this novel but I'm still sorry I read the just barely redeemable succeeding book from this guy,

    David LeDoux reads this gaggle of conundrums invisibly... which is to say he never intrudes, yet presents powerfully, which is an impressive talent. Conundrums? Over and above the essential legal mysteries here, the theme swirls around questions of family, fidelity, culture, and society's rules regarding actions and consequences. It's provocative questions will haunt you yet not subtract from the entertainment values.

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    A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

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    • By Adam Mitzner
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    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

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  • "Just Right!"

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    Wonderful courtroom drama. Great see-saw both in and out of court as Mickey Heller struggles with mob, murder, and his ex-wife. I cannot wait for the next Lincoln Lawyer novel... although I'm hoping he won't be leaving the criminal defense bar. Peter Giles is pitch perfect. This is the best in the series so far and Connelly worked hard and it showed. Nice to hear the value of your purchase in extensive preparation and research. Also like it that Heller stands on his own here without the aid of his half brother Harry Bosch. I'd recommend though that you start this series at the beginning... it's not essential but each is good and they fit together perfectly.

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    The Fifth Witness

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    • By Michael Connelly
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    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"
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  • Killer Ambition: A Rachel Knight Novel

    "It's a Perfect (Rachel) Knight"

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    I am a sucker for a legal procedural thriller, especially if it's set in Los Angeles. I listened my way through Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller series ("The Lincoln Lawyer" (2005), etc.) a few months ago. I loved the sense of place, but I was annoyed by the legal mistakes I couldn't help but notice.

    Maria Clark knows California law and the Los Angeles Criminal Courts, and "Killer Ambition" is great. Clark conveys the true tension of being a trial lawyer, from missing witnesses (it happens); snarky opposing counsel trying to pull a fast one with discovery and evidence (no, I don't believe you just found that important letter); the agony of jury selection (watching the other side excuse that juror you were counting on); expert witnesses that are experts only in their own minds; and a judge who might as well just sit with the other side, he's made so many (wrong) decisions in their favor. There's so much more, but i don't want to give away the story. Clark captures the tension and excitement of trial perfectly. I actually found myself yelling objections to evidence the Judge allowed in as I drove up the 5 freeway to Court. (I don't usually talk to my books, but I am a civil trial attorney and couldn't help it.)

    Clark weaves downtown Los Angeles through the book -The Biltmore, Pershing Square, Engine Company No. 28 . . . She has a true love for those very real places, and it shows.

    I read (on paper) Clark's other two Rachel Knight books, "Guilt by Association" (2011) and "Guilt by Degrees" (2012). I liked them well enough to want to read/listen to more, but I loved "Killer Ambition."

    January LaVoy is a perfect voice for Rachel Knight. At times, though, other characters voices were a little too dramatic and high pitched.

    For those of you that are wondering, yes, the author is That Marcia Clark - the legal commentator, and lead prosecutor on the OJ Simpson trial. I'm mentioning it last so it doesn't overshadow her fine storytelling.

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  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    "Team of Legends"

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    Assistant District Attorney Maggie McPherson, Mickey Haller’s ex-wife, is known as Maggie McFierce. She’s always been relegated to prosecuting crimes at the Van Nuys Courthouse, and Haller wants to jump start her stalled career.

    Van Nuys is no backwoods court. In real life, there have been some very high profile cases tried there - like ‘The Bling Ring’. For prosecutors, though, the Holy Grail is the downtown Los Angeles Criminal Court.

    In “The Reversal”, Haller is asked to serve as a Special Prosecutor on a case reversed and remanded for new trial. Haller seizes the opportunity to work with Maggie, whom he has never fallen out of love with, hoping to help her career secure her transfer downtown.

    Haller selects Harry Bosch, whom he met in “The Brass Verdict” as his investigator. Bosch is, as always, resourceful and intuitive.

    Haller is prosecuting the two-decades old murder of a girl. The evidence still exists, because Defendant Jason Jessup’s appeals preserved it. However, witnesses have died, and forgotten things. The main prosecution witness, the victim’s older sister, fell into despair so deep that she disappeared.

    Michael Connelly’s description of the Los Angeles as a whole, and the area surrounding the Courts, is spot on. It’s one of the reasons I love these books - he is a modern day Raymond Chandler.

    The point-of-view of “The Reversal” is part Haller, and part Bosch. As an audio book, that was hard to follow at times. Adam Grupper does a good job distinguishing Bosch’s voice from Haller’s voice, but I just wasn’t always sure if I was hearing Bosch’s thoughts as he listened to Haller, or if Haller was talking. Or the reverse.

    I really liked the story the story, and I really like the series. This is the third one in a row I’ve listened to, so this is my Haller Review, 3 of 4.

    On to #4, “The Fifth Witness” then . . .

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  • The Fifth Witness

    "Client Control Problems"

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    I am a civil trial attorney in Los Angeles. In the last three years, I have gone to court appearances in Van Nuys and Glendale where there have been fifty or more foreclosure hearings in a single morning. One or two attorneys handle them on behalf of multiple banks. A few homeowners show up, and every once in a while, the homeowner has an attorney.

    “The Fifth Witness” is set against this backdrop, and the ever-scheming Mickey Haller has figured out a way to make money from the crisis. Haller’s back in his Lincoln and driving the city, signing up four or five clients a day to fight their foreclosures in civil court.

    Haller’s first foreclosure client is Lisa Trammel. Haller has what attorneys refer to as “client control problems”. Trammel talks too much, seeks out publicity, confides her legal problems to random people, and calls Haller’s office several times a day, ranting at his staff.

    Months after Haller has successfully forestalled the foreclosure, Mitchell Bondurant, an officer in the bank trying to foreclose on Trammel’s home, is killed. Trammel is accused, and Haller takes on her criminal defense.

    There were some minor legal procedural points I noticed in “The Lincoln Lawyer”, “The Brass Verdict” and “The Reversal” that I found jarring as an attorney, but wouldn’t bother someone who isn’t familiar with Los Angeles courts. The procedural and evidentiary errors in “The Fifth Witness” were so egregious that I got mad while I was listening to the book, thinking “That would never happen!” I had to suspend my professional experience to enjoy the story, but setting that aside, I did like the story.

    The narration was good, and Adam Grupper continues to develop the character’s voices.

    This is my Mickey Haller review 4 of 4. The next in the series, “The Gods of Guilt”, comes out in December 2013. I hope Connelly’s careful with the law in the next one - I don’t want to get so annoyed I stop listening to the series.

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  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    "When Legends Meet"

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    Audible dangled a tempting “First in a Series” reduced rate book for “The Lincoln Lawyer”, the first in Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller series. Haller is a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles county, my stomping grounds as a civil litigator. I don’t end up in the same courtrooms that the fictional Haller does, but I frequently end up in the same courthouses. I really like Los Angeles fiction (Walter Mosley‘s Easy Rawlins series, set in Los Angeles in the fifties and sixties is a favorite), so I thought I would give it a try.

    I liked “The Lincoln Lawyer” so much that I immediately went onto “The Brass Verdict”, ignoring several other books I had waiting. In this second-in-the-series, Haller’s taken a sabbatical to sober up after an unfortunate detour into Hillbilly Heroin (oxycontin). The presiding judge of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts calls him in to take over the caseload of a murdered colleague, Jerry Vincent. Haller inherits a first degree murder case, and his new client insists the case must be tried in three weeks. No continuances. Cases like this make Monster Energy Drinks an attorney’s best friend.

    While he’s preparing for trial, Haller needs to cooperate with Los Angeles Detective Harry Bosch, who is investigating Vincent’s unsolved murder. Over the years, I’ve read at least half of Connelly’s Bosch series. I like the Bosch character, but I haven‘t followed it closely.

    Bosch and Haller have to carefully navigate Bosch’s need to find Vincent’s killer, while Haller has to protect his clients’ confidentiality - even though Bosch strongly suspects one of those clients is Vincent’s killer. The relationship between Bosch and Haller is tightly drawn and tense as Haller learns to trust Bosch and Bosch’s instincts. Bosch never quite trusts Haller, and for good reason - Haller still skirts legal ethics in an endless quest for paying clients.

    Although “The Brass Verdict” is listed in both the Bosch and Haller series, it is written entirely from Haller’s point of view.

    I like the descriptions of the procedures and rhythm of a trial, because Connelly describes them as a storyteller. Connelly makes routine work interesting, and discusses the reasoning behind Haller’s strategic and tactical decisions.

    I’m still stuck a bit by some operational issues I noticed in “The Lincoln Lawyer”. This time, it’s the Court hours. In Los Angeles County, courtrooms are open from 8:30 to noon, and 1:30 to 4:30. Having different hours is a major issue because of bailiff and clerk union rules. So, Haller talking about noon appearances or starting at 1 in the afternoon is jarring for a Los Angeles litigator, but for someone who hasn’t been frustrated by having to stop in the middle of jury voir dire because it‘s 4:30 pm, its not an issue.

    I liked Peter Giles narration of “The Brass Verdict” much more than Adam Grupper’s narration of “The Lincoln Lawyer”. Grupper’s Haller would stand out as an outsider in Southern California, but Giles’ Haller would blend right in. Both narrators had the same story telling rhythm, so the transition worked.

    “The Brass Verdict” sealed my fate on the series: I immediately purchased the rest of the (too short) series, and listened on. This is my Mickey Haller review, 2 of 4.

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  • "As good as it gets..."

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    John Grisham is to me, the best author when it comes to the courtroom, legal, lawyer, mystery. I have every book of his that I can get. I have enjoyed each and every one of them. This book was so good, it made me stop and think, "When did I last enjoy a book so much?" Oh, it was a John Grisham book…

    Please do not wait, get this book and share in my excitement. I love a good mystery! Enjoy!

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    Sycamore Row

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    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"

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    The Lincoln Lawyer

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    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
  • 4.4 (5876 ratings)

    Sycamore Row

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    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
  • 4.3 (3941 ratings)

    The Brass Verdict: A Novel

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    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
  • 4.2 (3445 ratings)

    The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

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    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
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  • 4.3 (2082 ratings)

    The Gods of Guilt

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    • By Michael Connelly
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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."
  • 4.4 (1097 ratings)

    Play Dead

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    Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.

    Julie D says: "Brilliant, Funny, a GREAT READ"
  • 4.4 (1019 ratings)

    The Rainmaker

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    • By John Grisham
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    It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

    Mike Andrews says: "Excellent Story..."
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
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    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
  • The Gods of Guilt

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    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
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    (1828)

    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."
  • The Racketeer

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    • By John Grisham
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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.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
  • The Summons & The Brethren

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    • By John Grisham
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    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"
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  • A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

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    • By John Grisham
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    The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

    Paul Cragin says: "Lively voices tell gripping plot"
  • 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"
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

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    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
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    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
  • The Fifth Witness

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    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
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    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"
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  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
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    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

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    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
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    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
  • The Partner

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (313)

    From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account.

    Reg says: "Movie material"
  • The Rainmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (441)

    It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

    Mike Andrews says: "Excellent Story..."
  • Next Best Hope: Revelation Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen Woodfin
    • Narrated By Stephen Woodfin
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    A tightly crafted legal thriller written by an attorney who knows the law. A national coalition known as the Christian Militants attempts to overthrow the United States government and all hell breaks loose. As the rebellion threatens to divide the nation, two unlikely leaders arise in the opposing camps. Will they save the Union, usher in the Kingdom of God or plunge the United States into all-out civil war?

  • Bino's Blues: Bino Phillips, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By A. W. Gray
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Defending a flashy, big-time Houston lawyer who is accused of killing his wife, Dallas attorney Bino Phillips becomes involved with a sultry blues singer, a vindictive judge, and a hired killer with a cleanliness fetish. Before long Bino will uncover corruption and conspiracies perpetrated by those on both sides of the law. And with all the deals being made, Bino is left to sort it out on his own.

  • Death Come Quickly: China Bayles, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When China's and Ruby's friend Karen Prior is mugged in a mall parking lot and dies a few days later, China begins to suspect that her friend's death was not a random assault. Karen was a filmmaker supervising a student documentary about the fifteen-year-old murder of a woman named Christine Morris and the acquittal of the man accused of the crime. Is it possible that the same person who killed Christine Morris targeted Karen?

  • House of Cards

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Dobbs
    • Narrated By Paul Eddington
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    The acclaimed political thriller that first introduced the unforgettable Francis Urquhart, MP, and launched Michael Dobbs' Number-one best-selling career - now reissued in a new cover. Michael Dobbs' entertaining tale of skulduggery and intrigue within the Palace of Westminster has been a huge hit with the public. Its scheming hero, Chief Whip Francis Urquhart, who uses fair means and foul to become Prime Minister, is one of the best-known characters of the last decade - the politician we all love to hate.

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  • The Advocate: The Advocate, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Teresa Burrell
    • Narrated By Summer Rona
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    For Sabre Orin Brown, life is good; she has it all...or would have, if only she could solve the mysterious disappearance of her brother. The search for her brother and her career as a juvenile-court attorney collide when she defends a nine-year-old whose father will go to any length to obtain custody. Sabre finds herself immersed in a case with too many unanswered questions. Her quest for the truth takes her coast to coast and five years into the past.

    Kathi says: "Close--but not quite a page turner"
  • The Black Bat, #1 July 1939

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Radio Archives, Norman Daniels
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
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    "The Black Bat" was the featured story in Black Book Detective magazine beginning in July of 1939, and running through 1953. Blinded former District Attorney Anthony Quinn was the costumed crusader who regained his sight to an amazing extent: He could now see in the dark. With super hearing, an enhanced sense of touch and smell, he battled the dark underbelly of crimedom.

  • Question of Consent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Seymour Wishman
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
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    When it comes to establishing reasonable doubt in the minds of a New York jury, defense attorney Michael Roehmer is the best in the business - and no one knows this better than rape victim Lisa Altman. She sat helplessly in the courtroom as Roehmer, smoothly and without mercy, shot gaping holes in her testimony. As a result, the man who brutally assaulted her walked free. Right and wrong, guilt and innocence, mean nothing to Roehmer. For him, winning is everything. Now Altman is sitting at a different table: Her rapist has been savagely murdered and she’s accused of the heinous crime.

  • Improper Influence: Sasha McCandless Legal Thriller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Melissa F. Miller
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Even Sasha's most daunting cases to date haven't prepared her for her current challenge: Finding a wedding reception venue that her mother and Connelly can agree on. Wedding planning woes become the least of her worries, though, when Bodhi King, a forensic pathologist for the City of Pittsburgh, comes to her for help. Young women across the city are dying, and he suspects their deaths are connected. After he voices his suspicions, he becomes a target.