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A year after the devastating murder of his wife, attorney David Sloane has returned to Seattle after three months in Mexico. At a black-tie dinner where he’s been persuaded to give the keynote address, Sloane reconnects with Barclay Reid, opposing counsel in his most prominent case. Barclay is suffering from her own personal tragedy - the death of her teenage daughter from a drug overdose. In the aftermath, Barclay has begun an intense crusade against the Russian drug traffickers she holds responsible for her daughter’s death, pursuing them with a righteousness that matches Sloane’s own zeal for justice. Despite their adversarial past, Sloane is drawn to Barclay and for the first time since his wife died, he finds himself beginning to have romantic feelings again. But when Barclay’s crusade stalls and a Russian drug dealer turns up dead, she stands accused of murder, and Sloane is her chosen defender. Amid the swirling media frenzy, in his first criminal case, Sloane finds himself once again in harm’s way, while mounting evidence suggests that Barclay is a woman with many secrets - and may not be quite as innocent as she seems.

With his signature fast-paced, page-turning action and exhilarating plot twists, Robert Dugoni once again proves why he’s so often been named the heir to Grisham’s literary throne.

©2011 Robert Dugoni (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 04-01-17

Great Addition To The Series

A drug dealer is set free by a judge because he finds the evidence inadmissible. Which in turn takes on a whole new meaning. He ends up dead after his release. A woman is charged with his murder and the dark secrets start to surface. Reid, the accused, hires Sloane to defend her of the charges. She charms her way into his life and they start seeing more of each other, regularly. But things are not all as they seem. Things start to fall into place as the investigation and the trial begins. Certain things come to light. Things Reid has said and the way she seems unphased by the events that aren't in her favor, Sloane starts to think something is wrong. If you like a good deception story line and deceit along with it, this is the book for you. If you have listened to any of this author's books you will not be disappointed..

Dan John Miller was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • Anne
  • MURFREESBORO, TN, United States
  • 09-18-15

Outstanding Legal Thriller

This is an outstanding legal thriller that I read based on a recommendation from author Diana Gabaldon. The novel starts off very slowly, introducing a plethora of characters.
Initially, the story proved to be very confusing and I almost gave up, but forged ahead based on the recommendation. Gradually, I realized my confusion stemmed from the fact that this book is in the middle of the series, each story building on the prior. The remedy proved to be rereading each early encounter until I became familiar with the various characters.
The story is very complex and with many twists and turns. I guarantee you won't guess the murderer until the very end, even though all the clues were there.
I liked this book so much that I am now going back and reading the rest of the series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Keeps you guessing.

I love the back and forth of "who did it". Another great listen of the ups & downs for David Sloane.

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Going After The Drug Dealer

Great story with a twisted ending. I am really getting to like this author. He keeps me wondering what is going to happen next.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wish I had David Sloane on retainer!

Love, love these books! Can't wait for more! Robert Dugoni did it again! Captivating and with an unexpected twist! Never a dull moment!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 09-30-16

A 5 star legal thriller in the David Sloane series

I like Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite detective thriller series more than his David Sloane legal thriller series. Nevertheless, this David Sloane thriller is outstanding. The twist near the end gets this novel extra credit. There is lots of action and suspense both inside and outside the courtroom. Highly recommended.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Another great book by Dugoni!!

This book was very good, if not great!! Lots of twists and turns, and they just kept coming yo the end...which I didn't see happening. The narrator was most excellent, really made the words come alive in my imagination!!

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  • CB
  • 07-09-17

Another winner from Robert Dugoni

The master story teller has you doubting yourself with this David Sloane tale. I love how he introduces characters and you immediately distrust them and then second guess yourself. Brilliant! Can't wait to read book five.

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Disappointed

Wow I can't believe this book has merited such high ratings. I had to stop listening to "Murder One" about an hour into it because I found the narration so annoying. Then I checked it out from the library and found it so suspenseful on the written page that I didn't want to put it down so I listened to it parts of it on my commute to work. My criticism of the audiobook is the narrator sounds ridiculous when he does female voices – like a man pretending to be a woman in a comedy sketch. Worse than that is all the black characters sound fresh from the plantation – even a highly educated man raised in a wealthy family in northern California.
The story however definitely held my interest so I would recommend reading rather than listening to this thriller.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Good Legal Book

This was an interesting story. Robert Dugoni ties real events and places to his story which is always interesting. This is a good book just like the rest of his novels.