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Special Circumstances Audiobook

Special Circumstances

Mike Daley is an ex-priest, ex-public defender, ex-husband, and most recently an ex-partner at Simpson & Gates, a prominent San Francisco law firm. He's on his own and setting up a private practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder involving one of Simpson & Gates's most powerful partners and a young associate. Mike's got to clear his friend's name, but time is running out.
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Mike Daley is an ex-priest, ex-public defender, ex-husband, and most recently an ex-partner at Simpson & Gates, a prominent San Francisco law firm. He's on his own and setting up a private practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder involving one of Simpson & Gates's most powerful partners and a young associate. Although the police find a suicide note, they do not believe its authenticity. They think they have their killer, and Daley has to prove them wrong. Along the way Daley begins to discover dirty secrets that the firm has been hiding and his friend has a lot to hide, too. Brilliantly paced with energy, wit, and suspense, Special Circumstances reminds us why we love to hate lawyers but love a great courtroom drama.

©2000 by Sheldon Siegel; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.; Original Cover Design by Belinda Huey

What the Critics Say

"...quite simply a well-written example of the genre." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kathi 09-15-15
    Kathi 09-15-15 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Good book, narration is a little off-putting"

    But why was this book abridged? I'm not reading these in order, but this is so far a good series, even though, if you read the small plot synopsis used for the promo, you might wonder if the author is trying to pack too many angles into them.

    I was initially hesitant to try this series: ex priest, ex partner in law firm, now partners with ex-wife...left me thinking it sounded a bit gimmicky. But then I figured I'd try it out, I generally like legal dramas.

    So this series is really neat! I don't know how Sheldon Seigel works it out--There are a lot of moving parts here, but they come together quite well. The book itself (though I've only heard the abridged form--why???) was not quite a page turner, but I did stay up late last night to hear the end. Story of Mike Daly (ex-everything lawyer) defends his good friend from his old firm, who is accused of committing a double murder. I found the characters well-drawn and interesting. The story held my interest and it all wound up well.

    Now, the narration. I at first thought the narrator was good, having distinctly different voices for each person. Then as it moved along, the voices started being more strange than interesting. I would say that if he had chosen to imitate ethnic speech a *little bit* it would have been excellent (and in places it was). But toward the end of the book, it seemed like he had gone overboard and couldn't stop himself, and it sounded caricatured. And that seemed a little disrespectful to me. But I'd give him A for effort I suppose. Many narrators make no effort to have distinct voices, and I liked that he did. It's just like he kind of got wound up with it and kept intensifying them till it was irritating.

    For what it's worth. I would not let the narration of this book stop me from listening to it, had I known in advance. It's strange, but also, in its own way, interesting. And the book is good and well worth the listen. I would rarely say that about an abridged book. I'm happy to see that there are a couple of books listed by this author that are full length. I look forward to listening to hear the difference.

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    Murdo EDINBURGHUnited Kingdom 11-28-04
    Murdo EDINBURGHUnited Kingdom 11-28-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Fine story bizarrely read"

    Sheldon Siegel is a good storyteller, and his central characters Mike Daley and his ex wife partner Rosie are excellent. He writes with pace and humour, and his courtrooms scenes do exactly what they are designed to do - move the story forward in an entertaining way. I thoroughly enjoyed this but I deducted a star because of the reading, which was eccentric at best. The reader's characterisation of the voices of Skipper Gates and the judge were just bizarre and a bit offputting. Otherwise, great stuff.

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    sf mommy 99 02-24-05
    sf mommy 99 02-24-05

    Love reading, hard to find the time! audible member since 2006

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    "Loved the story, reader was distracting"

    OK, I am a very kind person, and if a reader isn't great, I usually don't say anything. But this reader is so bad it is distracting. Bless him, he is trying to do a lot of character voices and that must be difficult. But the accents are truly weird - one of the main characters goes from sounding asian, new york, yiddish then elderly in one sentence. And the other characters are no better (but when the reader uses his own voice as narration, he's great) In addition, the reader puts very very odd emphasis on words - eg. instead of saying "reception" he says "reCEP...tion" and on and on. Anyway, love the story, I"m a lawyer in SF so it was very fun to hear. Just be prepared for the lousy reading.

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    Jodee Bloomingdale, MI, USA 04-10-10
    Jodee Bloomingdale, MI, USA 04-10-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Meh"

    Reasonable start to a possible series. OK but not terrific. Maybe it was the abridgement, but no reason to love the character who could appear again.
    I was EXTREMELY disappointed by Dukes' narration of minority and regional characters. Stereotypical, disrespectful and distracting.

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