When attorneys Vernetta Henderson and Neddy McClain are tapped to take on the biggest case of their careers, they are less than thrilled about working together. Their strained relationship, however, is the least of their problems. Their socialite client - charged with the brutal murder of her husband - is demanding an immediate dismissal of the case. But a ruthless prosecutor is determined to make sure that doesn't happen. Forced to fight a common enemy, the two women close ranks and, in the process, develop a bond that sees them through the uncertainties of trial, the pain of betrayal and pressures neither could have imagined.
©2013 Goldman House Publishing (P)2013 Goldman House Publishing
Another great listen, I knew I would love this series. The side stories are as good as the main event. I downloaded the other 3 books today.I really hope Special appears in the rest of the series. The narrator was great. I just have two recommendations. 1st I need Ms Young to write faster 2nd Mr Bray is a genus. My hope is that this series go on like the J.D. Robbs series.
The book continues to soothe, educate and make you laugh. Moreover, the narrator is a natural. Writer and narrator build pinnacle interest.
What I liked best about the story was the detail of each personality.
This was my first R.C. Bray narration. I like his characterizations very much, but occasionally wanted him to take a breath.
What is with the random music drowning out the narration?
I liked this book OK. The plot is a good one and there are some well-drawn characters with depth and complexity whom I came to enjoy and care about.
But there was some stuff that made me go, "What?!" The first was the part where, because Vernetta - a associate in a fairly small but apparently prestigious law firm - just won a really big civil suit, she ought to do a high profile criminal case. Um... what?
The second was when she feels the need to see her OB-Gyn before she goes off the pill. ... What? Then it got downright weird when her gyno, upon learning that this young, healthy couple wants to make a baby, decides to do a "fertility workup" on them, starting with a sperm sample from her husband. This was laughable. All I could think was, "There is no OB on the planet that would order that before she has even gone off the pill, and certainly no insurance company that would cover it!"
But my favorite was when, as the big important murder trial is coming to an end and the three defense attorneys are worrying about whether or not the prosecutor will tell the jury that the accused knew her husband was a cheating philanderer, it dawns on all three attorneys that no one has thought to interview the housekeeper of the victim and the accused - including, apparently, the police or the prosecutor. WHAT!?
And it all cases, the author needed the results of these "What?" devises to move the plot. She ought to break that habit.
If you can ignore this kind of thing, this is a pretty decent first attempt.
Caveat: The choice of narrator seems strange. Almost every important character in this book is a female. The exceptions are Jefferson, Vernetta's husband; Riley, the managing partner in her firm; and Dave, one of the attorneys. But the narrator is male. He does the male voices - both black and white - fairly effectively, but I think he did a poor job overall on the female voices. His range of "female" seems very narrow and it's often difficult to tell which of the primary female characters is speaking.
I have the second book in this series and I'm going to give it a try. I'm rather hoping things will have improved.
I just could not get past the fact that the female lead character was voiced by a male narrator. One without a great range of female intonations, too. The writer explains a little too much, a little too obviously. And the premise is a little thin -- a lawyer with no criminal experience is assigned by her firm to a case of O.J. proportions. Really? I might have pushed past any one of those things, but in combination, they made me quit listening about an hour in.
Read Ann's review it has the detail and I agree with it.
Really enjoyed this listen. The only disappointment was the male narrator. Enjoyed the story line, there were a couple of turns that were not expected. Really enjoyed the character Special.
I tried this book after reading several middling reviews saying the narrator ruined it for them. I agree that a female narrator might be better and certainly with so few men in the book, a woman narrator might have had an easier time with all the characters but I was pleasantly surprised that within a few minutes I was adjusted to RC Bray's voice and was pleased with it as well. I had no problems telling the characters apart.
For me, a white person, getting a glimpse, through this book, of modern black life and dialogue is informative and illuminating. Professionals of all races have A type personalities and relationship problems. Looking forward to reading the next book.
My only negative is the loud music played periodically which actually takes away from the story and important dialogue.
good story, twists and turns- sometimes it was hard to follow who was speaking-
confession at end
innocent until proven quilty
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