First, however, he must win the confidence of Rachel Farr, his stone-silent client, a distant, troubled teenager who trusts no one. But when Rachel recounts her brutal attack, Jin is spurred into action, throwing his heart and soul into a case that is far more explosive than he had ever imagined.
©2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2000 Gus Lee
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
I know it's not a catchy headline, but I think it's pretty acurate. I went in with lower expectations, and enjoyed a nice story. It had me wondering and guessing a few times. A couple of nice twists at the end. Sit back - Relax - And let the old man tell you a story. It's a little graphic at times - But not tasteless. It won't knock Grisham off from a top spot (When Grisham was writing great books) But it's a pretty good courtroom drama. Easliy worth a credit - Or the 12.95 price I just saw on here.
For what it's worth... J
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Okay, we expect Character 1 in these things to start in a hole that gets deeper than a teenager's yawn in chemistry class. But... but... there are limits, huh? Not to Gus Lee. There are Jurassic fossils in shallower pits. And he tosses fat boulders faster than Michael Connelly pops out novels.
"OH NO! HOW WILL CHIN EVER GET OUT?!"
I mean you know he will right? So this thing becomes a puzzle wound tighter than a Dollar Store watch.. Which leads me to a few tips about NPE...
• First, Lee is maniacally addicted to metaphors or similes. When you start noticing the scenery, the play's in trouble... Ditto when you notice a writer's narrative tics.
• Second: The plot's intricately and richly spattered with clues. You've got to pay attention from page one.
• Thirdly: There's a big cast here which Dick Hill does a fine job of differentiating vocally, yet so many can distract a listener who cannot easily look back, and needs to instead drill into memories often made before the last break(s) the listener took.
• Fourth: There are abrupt scene changes that skip along the storyline. Some of the most noticeable are the results of a fly-like calendar leaps in the story.
Look my book grading's tougher than a three buck blue-plate dinner steak but if you like trial-fiction that's twistier than Twizzlers well, 'No Physical Evidence' deserves all 15 stars just for revealing, HOW CHIN WILL EVER GET OUT?!
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This is a great legal procedural mystery -- carrying listeners into very difficult areas of the law and our American culture. The story centers on a Asian-American district attorney who is faced with prosecuting a man for rape and torture of a 13 year old girl -- shortly after his own daughter died from chronic heart disease. The victim's story is the only "physical evidence" the DA can provide the jury and he must battle a judge facing re-election and a rising star criminal defense attorney. Nevertheless, a verdict is reached and then, he discovers new evidence that leads the investigation into the underground world of child sex trafficking. This is where politics really gets involved as those in the judicial system are party to this underworld crime. The story includes a good bit about Chinese cultural customs and a lot of legal wrangling in the courts. If you like Dick Hill, you like him; if you don't, then skip this one -- because it is quintessential Hill -- young girl's voices may make you shudder. I generally like Dick Hill, so this one was good by my view.
Joshua Jin is a Chinese-American prosecutor whose brilliant career is in jeopardy, largely because his personal life is in tatters. After the death of his young daughter, his marriage has disintegrated, and now he's coasting on autopilot.
Then he's assigned a dog of a case, that of deciding whether a rape can be prosecuted, or whether it even occurred. The victim; a 13 year old girl who fits the description of "at risk" to a T, and who isn't talking.
This book is a great listen, and I highly recommend it. This is the only Gus Lee title offered by Audible, which is kind of a shame.
I had not read anything by this author before and am now truly sad there is nothing else on Audible by this author. I found this book to be extremely well written and some of the things difficult to listen to but incredibly done by Dick Hill. Parts of this book were truly gut wrenching and found myself tearing up at times. Only Dick Hill could pull this off so well as a narrator. I want more by this author. The subject matter was wrenching and difficult but truly a great listen. Much better listening than reading the printed version. Dick Hill brought the characters to life as he always does.
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