Once the story got past all the rap slang, it was pretty good. The love angle bothered me but Mitzner made up for that near the end. There were holes in the legal parts of the story for which he tried to give quick fixes during the trial, but he also attempted to teach the reader how the legal system worked throughout the book - as if readers of such novels didn't have a clue.
At first Collins, the narrator, seemed pretty good. His best moments come in his voices for different characters. However, I soon noticed that every sentence was spoken with the same emotional intensity whether it had to do with missing his family, arguing a legal defense, or going for a jog. The hardest thing for me, which really grated on my nerves throughout the entire reading, was Collins' method of pronouncing the possessive of any noun that ends in the letter S. I'm sure both ways must be correct today as grammar and spelling rules have come to forgive just about anything anymore but I believe that "Colin's method" is pronounced as it is spelled, NOT as "Collinses method." "Brooks' attitude" should not be read to sound like "Brookses attitude."
I don't regret reading it but it's far from being on my favorites list.
Yes, might have missed something. Probably would catch something I missed first time around. Sometimes I get a little distracted while listening
71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
Yes, although it was a little slow and predictable in spots, the totally unexpected and strong ending more than made up for any previous slow spots. I loved the ending and truly never expected what happened.
The main character was my favorite. He was a strong character, but had a very humane quality about him.
The last 2 chapters. I can't begin to explain what a great ending this book had. It raised the level of the entire story.
I have read others of his and I think this is possibly his best book.
While this book has been seen as Grisham-esque, I find almost all fictional legal thrillers to be in that category. This book is about flawed characters hoping to redeem themselves professionally and/or personally and to grow from that redemption. Any failure to do that is part of the charm of this book. The plot is simple but a nice ride and the twist is just that a twist. Although it is lengthy it is an easy listen and the time spent with the characters is well worth it.
A huge pop-star is murdered. Her boyfriend, "Legally Dead" or "LD", is arrested because: #1 he's her boyfriend and #2 he wrote a hip-hop song about killing someone with a baseball bat (not specifically her but someone) and that *might* have been how she was murdered (murder weapon couldn’t be found). So the police don’t have to investigate anything or anyone because there’s a rap song, Yay!
With this flimsy evidence, LD, (who despite a huge hit song, lives in the projects and doesn't have a cent to his name) is immediately arrested and held without bail.Yes. The song is all the evidence they need against him. Wouldn’t that be a reason that he DIDN’T kill her? Why would someone write a song about killing someone in a particular way and then kill them the same way? AND, if it plays on the radio non-stop, can’t we assume that it might, perhaps, have given others the same idea unique (sarcasm) idea to kill someone that way? Even if it hadn’t made it to air, isn’t there a producer, a sound mixer, people in the studio – SOMEONE ELSE who may have heard the song and gotten the idea to kill someone that way?
Enter Attorney Dan. Dan has a tragic past, including the deaths of his wife and six year old daughter 18 months earlier. He’s spent 18 months in a drunken stupor. There was so much life insurance that he doesn’t have to work anymore. Of course he’s gorgeous and is talked into handing LD’s case by a gorgeous single lawyer (no spoilers!). Both can work the case pro bono, no problem. But there is no discussion or recognition of the fact that they call in experts for a variety of things – like DNA analysis! - without any mention of cost.
Dan starts working on the case and after getting drunk and blacking out daily for 18 months, he can quit drinking cold turkey without even realizing he has. Several days go by and he realizes “hey, I haven’t had a drink, despite being around alcohol.” Surprise Dan!
Finally, I’m not a lawyer, but I know it’s impossible for a murder to occur several days after Thanksgiving, and an arrest and trial have started 1.5 MONTHS later. Seriously. Talk about the right to a speedy trial. Murder, after Thanksgiving. Media-circus trial mid-January.
This book is amateurish and cliché and I’m really annoyed with myself for even finishing it. I'm flabbergasted by the positive reviews.
A good friend of mine used to say "watch out for bruised and bleeding," meaning someone who is still in too much pain from the last heartbreak is not a good candidate for a relationship. It's hard to say more without giving too much away. I do think the author effectively used vulnerability as a motivator for more than one of the characters.
Several characters, especially the ADA and the judge, were one-dimensional and unbelievable.
Several reviewers have said the ending was predictable and obvious. I don't usually spend too much time trying to figure out the twist, so maybe that's why I missed it.
I didn't love the narrator--too earnest.
It was a good "read"--not great, but good. I recommend it.
A good story.
The story line was a good one but it did go on a bit long for me.
Right at the top
The total surprise at the end.
His ability to define characters, mood, were outstanding. This was more like being a fly on the wall than "reading"
I hope Adam Mitzner writes more and Kevin Collins is his reader. A dynamite combination!
Wish I'd read his first book before his 2nd but I'll certainly keep him as a favorite author.