Regular price: $24.95

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

With his first novel, Special Circumstances, Sheldon Siegel delivered legal fiction so exciting, it drew comparisons with the very top tier of courtroom thrillers. Now he has a new challenge for defense attorney Mike Daley - ex-priest, ex-husband, ex-public defender - and it's a high-profile zinger: a case he doesn't think he can win for a client he can't stand.

It starts with a phone call Mike Daley never expected, from District Attorney Prentice Marshall Gates III, San Francisco's chief law enforcement officer and front-runner candidate for California attorney general. Friends they're not, but Gates needs Daley now - badly. He's just been arrested. A couple of hours earlier he woke up in his hotel room and found the dead body of a young male prostitute in the bed. Prosecutors are already talking the death penalty, and there's nothing in the mounting evidence to convince Daley and his partner - and ex-wife - Rosie of Gates' innocence. But even if he's lying, it's their job to defend him. Sure enough, the deeper Mike and Rosie dig, the seamier their findings. From a shady Internet entrepreneur who trades flesh for cash to a prominent businessman who uses muscle to keep his enterprise prospering, Mike and Rosie chase down leads that take them from the depths of the Mission District, where drugs and bodies are always for sale, to the gated mansions of Pacific Heights, frantically trying to piece together the shocking truth of what actually happened, even as the trial itself is under way.

©2001 Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc. (P)2017 Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    230
  • 4 Stars
    140
  • 3 Stars
    58
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    10

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    246
  • 4 Stars
    119
  • 3 Stars
    35
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    2

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    198
  • 4 Stars
    127
  • 3 Stars
    53
  • 2 Stars
    14
  • 1 Stars
    7
Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Formulaic to the max

I listened to book one and enjoyed it so I bought book two. The characters were slightly different but the legal procedural was identical to book one. I could predict almost everything and there were only slight school differences.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Is it still PLAGERISM if you copy yourself?

What would have made Incriminating Evidence better?

If I hadn't read book 1 (Special Circumstances) first and thereby had no idea this was a cut and paste.

What didn’t you like about Tim Campbell’s performance?

He was Mildly annoying. Every female came equipped with a quivering "...I'm about to cry" voice.. Even the strong ones. The "posh" voices were only a step off that. It just became a bit much, and considering he had book 1 to go by, you'd think it would have been easy.

Any additional comments?

OK, so seriously, is it plagiarism if the work that you are copying from is your own? Probably not since it is after all, with your permission.
This book is so exact, that I swear, I may buy both print copies in Kindle just to see how many lines are precise duplicates (verses just near misses).
Start with plot. In both books a limited cast of characters are the suspects because the murder occurs in a locked room (book 1 the law office and book 2 a hotel room) where the law partner (or in this case former partner) are accused with incontrovertible evidence.
In both books, our hero(s) defense attorney, Mike Daily, is hired to defend the accused who repeatedly and needlessly lies about the events (many times the same lies) causing the defense to be impossible. In both, the accused intentionally contaminates the crime scene with his fingerprints in full view of witnesses during the discovery of the body (book 1 safeing the firearm book 2 rendering 1st aid).
It is impossible to list all of the identical dialog, circumstances, and twists, but I can say I have never read another book where the author copied himself and merely changed names and places to protect the innocent (or in this case a blind and deaf person from noticing his copying of previously original ideas). Even things like the hired gun of a pathologist who tells the jury from the witness stand "... I like Dr. [so and so] he's a good medical examiner, I admire him but here, I think he got it wrong, dead wrong" I swear I am sure there was cutting and pasting.
In the end, I became so consumed with (and annoyed by) spotting the "ctrl - C, ctrl - V" (for anyone not familiar, that is the keyboard shortcut for Copy and Paste) that I lost all interest in the book. Add to that, very obvious questions are never asked (if both people are given GHB and it knocks them out, then where is the container it came in assuming the suspect gave it to himself and the victim?) over and over again... it was truly a disappointing read. The first book was good and I gave it 4 and 5 stars, this was a mindless repeat.
I been robbed I tell ya, robbed!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Exact copy of his first novel!

I loved the first book in this series, but this second book is like a near-exact copy of the first book with names changed and only a slightly different plot. I like an author that sticks to his or her niche formula, but even the characters were basically duplicated and every cliche was reused. The characters are great, but yikes, each book even had a similar female celebrity personality that was six feet tall and had the same plastic surgery! Now I'm hesitant to get the third book. Did the author think I wouldn't remember the first book ?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Good first book, bad series

After reading "Special Circumstances" I was excited about reading the series. The second book, "Incriminating Evidence" is nearly identical to the first including verbatim excerpts of text. The plot and courtroom strategy are so similar I stopped reading.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 07-03-17

Discipline Mr. Siegel. FGZ - DISCIPLINE!

"OK Mr. DeMille: Cue the hoards."

Once upon a time there were epic flicks that touted, "...and a cast of thousands!" Well it felt like Sheldon Siegel out did them by giving each of his mega cast in 'Incriminating Evidence' (IE) key speaking lines. I felt as if I needed a note pad. Usually a narrator as good as Tim Campbell helps to keep characters straight through unique voices. Not here, since there are so many minor characters who trundle important clues onto the stage, well, by about a third of the way in, that stage was packed tighter with voices tighter than the stage for Hallelujah in the Mormon Tabernacle.

Worse yet, Mike Daley, IE's lead character, is a wuss with a spine mushier than a 5 week old strawberry. Which makes me wonder why high profile clients continue to make their SOS calls to him. Yet, IE has such a whirl of stuff going on that it not only kept me wondering till its end, but I even stopped about 40% of the way into the book and restarted it from the beginning to let my memory plant flags into each of the characters to keep them straight.. I've never done that before.

These are commercial books, and Mr. Siegel is a writer-for-money. That demands a certain discipline. OKAY, I can suspend disbelief as the embattled DA finds layer upon layer of implications pooped onto his case. It did fire my curiosity about how Daley/Fernandez would dig him out. It kept me listening. But really, all those characters to do it? Come on.... Discipline Mr. Siegel. FA'GAWDZAKE - DISCIPLINE!

BTW, it's wrong to call this a Daley/Fernandez story. Fernandez has become a minor character with little significance to plot or even character development. And there is a sameness, a deja vu repetition of past Siegel plots.

Unless I see some sparkling reviews from trusted reviewers of future Siegel novels this may be the last of his books for me.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

This was entertaining

It was enjoyable, but not as riveting as I hoped and the narrator could have added more emotion. It was too flat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 04-30-17

Excellent, but still weakest in the series!

I've now completed the six novels in the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez series available in audio format, Incriminating Evidence is a very good legal thriller, but the other 5 novels are better. I especially liked #8 and #1 in this series, All of the Daley/Fernandez series novels include lots of courtroom and suspense. Tim Campbell's narration is consistently outstanding. I do recommend all novels in the series.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Cookie cutter???

it's almost as if the author use the same mold but put different paint on the first and second book.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Defense Attorneys in San Francisco

If you are looking for a safe space away from “liberals”, you might want to steer clear from books about defense attorneys in San Francisco. It seems obvious but some reviewers haven’t heard.

I didn’t detect any extraneous politics. But AGAIN.... San Francisco politics is the TOPIC here. Their client is even a Republican..... so I don’t know why anyone can complain about liberals and/or politics. It’s in the book description and involves the same characters as book one.

It was good. It held my interest. I’ll keep going in the series.

Kinda bummed there wasn’t more overt liberal politics though. ;)

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Maj Joseph

Excellent book didn't want to put it down very suspenseful. plot held you attention to out the story characters were very interesting. you will enjoy this book!

Sort by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Mr N.
  • 02-24-18

slow and very tenuous!!

not as good as the first book. hoping for better with the next one. I'll persevere.