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Actual Innocence: A Novel of Legal Suspense | [Barry Siegel]

Actual Innocence: A Novel of Legal Suspense

California lawyer Greg Monarch was in no mood for visitors. But it's not every day a federal judge comes knocking at his door, especially with a curious request: to review the final appeal of a murderer on Death Row who personally asked for Greg's assistance. Tired of defending killers, Greg has every intention of turning the case down until he discovers the prisoner is a former lover he hasn't seen in two decades: the fiery, impetuous Sarah Trant.
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Publisher's Summary

California lawyer Greg Monarch was in no mood for visitors. But it's not every day a federal judge comes knocking at his door, especially with a curious request: to review the final appeal of a murderer on Death Row who personally asked for Greg's assistance. Tired of defending killers, Greg has every intention of turning the case down until he discovers the prisoner is a former lover he hasn't seen in two decades: the fiery, impetuous Sarah Trant.

Her fate determined in a verdict rendered five years before, Sarah was found guilty of slashing an old man's throat in central California's sheltered El Nido Valley. All subsequent appeals have been denied. Now, six months from execution, she turns to the one man she hopes can save her. Greg failed once before in trying to rescue Sarah from her private demons. This time, however, the demons may not be just in her head.

©1999 Barry Siegel; (P)2005 Phoenix Books, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A tour de force." (Los Angeles Times)
"Gripping and complex." (Detroit News/Free Press)
"As the conspiracy behind the murder unfolds, Asner pumps up the tension to keep the listener glued to this legal thriller." (AudioFile)

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    Michael CANBERRA CITY, Australia 03-28-12
    Michael CANBERRA CITY, Australia 03-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to Actual Innocence the most enjoyable?

    Ed Asner produced a fine performance. I realise that at times his voice dropped to give more theatrical underpinning to the narration, which meant that this is best listened to when not faced by other distractions. I was ill at the time so was able to lie back and give it my full attention and listened in almost one sitting.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes - well thought out plot - good legal thriller.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The courtroom scenes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Never Give Up


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    Leslie 07-10-08
    Leslie 07-10-08
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    "couldn't finish"

    I couldn't finish the book. It was too hard to listen to the reader, Ed Asner. Most of the time I couldn't understand what he was saying, especially when it seemed he was trying to inject more drama; his voice seemed to taper to more of a whisper.
    I think I would have enjoyed the story line if someone other than Mr. Asner had read. Or if I had read the book myself.

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