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Publisher's Summary

You can pick your friends, they say, but you can't pick your family. And lately, Mike Daley's family has been keeping him very busy. An ex-priest, ex-public defender, and ex-corporate lawyer, Daley and his former wife, Rosie Fernandez, now run their own San Francisco criminal defense firm. Most of their cases are fairly small-time, which is why it would be surprising that the person accused of murdering movie director Richard (Big Dick) MacArthur is calling them - except that the accused is Rosie's own niece, Angelina. That case is bad enough, but the family problems don't end there: Rosie's brother, Tony, may be on the wrong end of a strong-arm graft proposal; the son of one of the firm's lawyers has just been busted on a drug charge; Mike is having a clandestine affair with a woman judge... and Rosie herself has a dark secret that may make all of it seem irrelevant.

An intricate plot, immensely likeable characters, powerful suspense, and more than a touch of humor-these have already become Siegel's hallmarks. Criminal Intent will keep you turning pages until its final, surprising end.

©2002 Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc. (P)2012 Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 04-25-18

Want Entertainment? Buy This

Criminal Intent IS NOT The Great American Novel. It is a legal/murder mystery. Mike Daley & Rosie Fernandez have had fine chemistry since Special Circumstances -the first novel in Sheldon Siegel's series. In fact, you'd do well starting with that book and enjoying their growth through Criminal Intent.

Here they wrestle with movie moguls, real estate developers, community organizers, and shabby politicians in San Fransisco. Apparently neither Bill Godfrey nor any of the production staff have ever visited that city or they'd pronounce place names accurately. The mispronouncing is repetitive and ripped my attention away from the narrative. Still, even with this irritant, it's the sort of book that makes cleaning the dishes, or mowing the lawn totally bearable.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 04-09-16

Lots of intrigue and suspense!

Criminal Intent is Book 3 in the seven book Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez legal thriller series. The first 5 books are available in audiobook format and all seven are available in Kindle ebook format. Audible does not list this series as a series. The novels were released between 2000 and 2010 inclusive. The novels in order written are Special Circumstances, Incriminating Evidence, Criminal Intent, Final Verdict, The Confession, Judgement Day, and Perfect Alibi. Daley and Fernandez are law partners who were once married but now divorced. Daley is also an ex-priest. The pair have a 10 year old daughter.

Criminal Intent is an excellent legal thriller, but in my view it is the weakest novel in the superb seven book series. The intrigue is over the top.

I recommend the entire Daley/Fernandez series.

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Poor quality recording of a decent story

The story was decent as was the performance, but there were many distracting sounds in the background throughout the recording. Frequently sounded like doors closing or objects dropping-- at times enough so that it pulled me out of the story and reminded me I was sitting in traffic.

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Okay story

I enjoyed the first 2 books more, but this was still okay. I think my biggest issue was this book had a different narrator who couldn't do basic accents - the Hispanic gentleman sounded more Irish than the Irish bartender. The original narrator, same for the first two books, is outstanding!

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Too predictable...

this is the third book that I've listened to from this author and it's almost as if all three were cut from the same mold.

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Horrible as an audiobook

I was truly loving this series until I got to this book. I had to stop listening because the narrator was awful, it was so distracting. I am really ticked off I wasted 1 credit on this because it is likely a great story but not to listen to. I just spent my last credit for book 4 but I heard the audio first and it is workable. It’s not Tim Campbell whose done the others, but this guy is 100% better than book 3. Sorry Sheldon, but I will keep going in spite of of the poor narration in 3. Please keep writing!

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Couldn’t get through it

The narration was annoying and after the first two books were so good I couldn’t stand it so I returned it and move on to a different narrator...

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horrible narration

Love this series but this narrator almost ruined them for me-he is very bland and never changes emotion-Please do not let him do anymore of these books-I love them.

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Great Story with Characters worth getting to know

This the third audio book in the series I cannot get enough of. It is not just a series of good legal thrillers; it the story of a family loving one another and growing together.

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Love these stories

But I didn’t care for this narrator. He is not good at female voices and I found it a bit distracting. There were tons of characters in this book. It may have benefited from multiple narrators. Great story
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  • Mrs Marion D Westlake
  • 12-17-17

Poor narration

Clicks and clunks. Also inconsistant volume. I think recording was done in his front room very amateur.

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  • sue mashmoor
  • 11-13-17

nice story but.....

Mr. Godfrey's voice drove me insane-I think I could have done a better job with the variations.

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  • K. R. Fellows
  • 06-01-18

Tedious

I feel really let down by this author. It's a poor story made so much worse by the plot wandering off into Woman's Hour territory with repeated personal relationship discussions. He can't even give us a decent dialogue for these exchanges. And why is it necessary to feature his ex wife's cancer problems? I thought I was buying a fast moving legal thriller but these distractions just stop the momentum dead. The book irritated me no end and finally lost my interest. A word too on the narration, eloquent enough maybe but so undramatic and delivered in such a flat tone that it does nothing to lift the dreariness. If I was Mr Siegel I'd get a new editor!

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  • Mr N.
  • 04-13-18

Just Terrible.

This was one of the most difficult books to listen to for many reasons. It sounds like it was recorded in someone's bathroom, with constant background noises!! The story was very difficult to follow, constantly changing from one storyline to the next and I didn't enjoy the performance. Kept going hoping it would get better and it Didn't!! wish I'd given up when I first wanted to!!