The details that continue to emerge from the crime scene are tabloid heaven. The SFPD is certain Gates did it. The prosecutors are already talking the death penalty, and there's nothing in the mounting evidence - and certainly not in Gates's unpersuasive denials - to convince Daley and his partner (and ex-wife) Rosie of his innocence. But even if he's lying, it's their job to defend him, and that means finding out what really happened.
Sure enough, the deeper they dig, the seamier their findings. An array of influential power brokers is all too ready to cover questionable activities that may - or may not - connect with the victim. There's a campaign manager with his own dirty secrets, a shady Internet entrepreneur who trades flesh for cash, a prominent businessman who uses muscle to keep his enterprise prospering. Mike and Rosie chase down trails that take them from the lowest depths of the Mission District, where drugs and bodies are always for sale, to the gated mansions of Pacific Heights, all the while contending with a trial that gets under way even as they are frantically trying to piece together what is really at stake in the case against Gates.
©2001 Sheldon Siegel, Inc.; (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Random House, Inc.
"Daley is an original and very appealing character in the overcrowded legal arena." (Publishers Weekly)
I would recommend the ebook or the paperback, but not the audiobook. The story itself is entertaining, if a little predictable in places. However, the supporting cast of quirky characters make up for anything the plot lacks.
As a writer myself, I wouldn't dare answer this question unless there was something fundamentally wrong with the plot. There isn't anything that just jumps out and says the story isn't plausible or possible. In fact, the actions of pretty much every involved seemed true to their characters.
His voice grated on my nerves like finger nails on chalkboard. He sounded like a bored teenager. I cringed every time I started the story back up in the car.
Mr. Siegel's Special Circumstances was a great book with a good reader. Incriminating Evidence was a let down in terms of plot and perfromance. However I have already purchased the next book The Final Verdict and hope that is as good as Special Circumstances.
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