A riveting new legal thriller from the bestselling author of My Sister's Grave.
In San Francisco's seamy Tenderloin district, a teenage street hustler has been murdered in a shelter for boys. And the dedicated priest who runs the struggling home stands accused. But despite damning evidence that he's a killer - and worse - Father Thomas Martin stands by his innocence. And attorney Peter Donley stands with him.
For three years Donley has cut his legal teeth in his uncle's tiny, no-frills firm, where people come before profits. Just as Donley is poised to move on to a lucrative dream job, the shocking case lands in his lap, and he must put his future on hold while putting his courtroom skills to the test. But a ruthless DA seeking headlines and a brutal homicide cop bent on vengeance have their own agendas. Now, as he unearths the dirty secrets surrounding the case, Donley must risk his neck to save his client's life...and expose the face of true evil.
©2016 Robert Dugoni (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.
The choice to set this book in 1987 confused me and I didn't find the author consistent in the way he portrayed the time.
I seem to remember that in 1987 the main scandals about catholic priests hadn't really broken yet. (Absolutely things were happening, but the lid hadn't blown off yet.) Sometimes the characters seemed to speak from the perspective of what we know now, and at other times from an '80s perspective. As I write this, I think I realize that the author moved it back because there is no way the church would now allow a lone priest to set up a shelter staffed by just him for underage boy prostitutes. But too many things weren't "down-dated" for me.
And the priest retells the story of St. Paul saying that before his conversion, the then Saul persecuted and even "murdered" Jews. Saul was a Jew!!!! He persecuted Christians!!!! (He was a Roman citizen and claimed the right not to be crucified as such, but he was definitely a Jew.) To me there is no way that even a blue-jean wearing, tattooed priest would get that wrong.
I confess I tunes out once I started noticing these type of things. The story seemed good, but I wish the author had invested in a good substantive editor/researcher, especially after he decided to turn back the clock to 1987.
I don't return many audiobooks, but I'm returning this on.
I'm a horror, sci-fi fan. My favourites are Lovecraft, Poe, Bierce, Jackson, Levin, and King.
probably not, because I didn't feel connected to any of the characters in the story
I have not, but it was interesting enough that I've added the Tracy Crosswhite series to my queue to begin listening. I also participate in Kindle Unlimited, and they are available to read and listen under that program at no additional cost.
I hadn't heard him before, but he is easy to listen to.
No, I spread it out over several days, partly because of meetings.
The sappy ending scenes in the hospital seemed to detract from the story. The final scenes of the book were predictable.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
This new release by Robert Dugoni is a standalone suspense/legal thriller set in San Francisco in 1987. It is well written and the characters are vivid. In my opinion it is not as good as books in Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series, but I had a difficult time deciding between 4 and 5 stars. The narration brings it down to 4 stars. I highly recommend The 7th Canon. Robert Dugoni writes superb thrillers.
Addicted to Audible!
This is the kind of audio I listen to when nothing appeals to me and I can't decide what to get.I always go with a mystery. The narrator was excellent so I kept listening. It was predictable and mediocre. It was not really believable and all the characters were stereotypes.That said I still find it entertaining, but there are many much better books out there to use your credits on.
Excellent and suspenseful. This author has a way of keeping you on the edge of your seat. Lots of twists and turns. Read thus book if you don't need a good nights sleep. You won't want to put it down. Enjoyed the well read audio version. Robert Dugoni knows how to spin a web of intrigue .
What's not to like? Here a flawed young Sam Sneed-Perry Mason-Sir Gallihad-Gulligan gone righteously wild and prevailing against big bad 'justice' system odds. Wrongs righted, lies exposed, spirits mended, reputations repaired, families are protected and grown, and saintly servants validated. Truth and justice in the overwatch of, and even with, if only, the slightest tip of the Fidora to, His Honor, God! Amazing boldness in these present days.
my bad. There are a couple flashes of what I thought was brilliant writing but all and all it was just okay. it really did take a long time to get rolling, I almost bailed but I'm glad I didn't
"All that glistens .........."
Another great and exciting tale by this author. Well read the story flows along st great pace with no filling out . Funny one liners add extra entertainment to the story. Most enjoyable and well recommended
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