A Silicon Valley venture capitalist has been found dead in a dumpster on San Francisco's Skid Row. Walker swears he didn't do it, and prevails on Mike to represent him. Dogged investigation, courtroom nimbleness, and a healthy dose of luck have helped Mike before, but time is running out, both on his client...and his marriage.
©2003 Sheldon Seigel; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc
"[A] pleasantly compelling read....The verdict is clear; another win for Siegel." (Publishers Weekly)
"Outstanding entry in an always reliable series....An ending that's full of surprises, both professional and personal, provides the perfect finale to a supremely entertaining legal thriller." (Booklist)
"A page-turner of the finger-burning kind." (San Francisco Chronicle)
Good writers develop the characters first, and the plot falls into place. This book is written by a good writer who knows how to do that. I wish his other books were not abridged.
Good listen from start to end. The narrator is great and the plot keeps moving. I also wish his other books were not abridged. Would definetely recommend this book to others.
Stephen Hoye is the best reader I have ever listened to. Handles voices for each character very well, including women. Story was very good also.
I'd rather be doing something else right now. I don't enjoy writing reviews (and I'm sure I have no knack for it), but this book is so bad, I feel I have a duty to warn others. (I struggled through the first three hours, but finally had to quit.)
The plot: our hero (the defense lawyer) reluctantly agrees to defend a terminally ill man accused of murder. Siegel tells us that simple story then spends page after painful page having each character re-tell the same story. (John Grisham uses the same technique, but at least Grisham creates characters we can care about.)
To make matters worse, if Siegel knows anything about the American legal system, he does an excellent job hiding it. In his world, the defense lawyer seeks a dismissal at the arraignment because his client is sick, and he is worried that the newspaper will criticize him for not fully disclosing his client's case to the press.
Trite, silly, boring and wholly lacking in authenticity, "The Final Verdict" is very likely the worst book you will ever start but not finish.
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