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The 7th Canon Audiobook

The 7th Canon

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Alice 10-03-16
    Alice 10-03-16 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "What bothers me may not bother you"

    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.

    111 of 127 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 04-18-17
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 04-18-17 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Good Performance, mediocre book"

    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.

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    Kindle Customer 01-12-17

    I'm a horror, sci-fi fan. My favourites are Lovecraft, Poe, Bierce, Jackson, Levin, and King.

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    "Not Bad"
    Would you listen to The 7th Canon again? Why?

    probably not, because I didn't feel connected to any of the characters in the story


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Dugoni before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of James Patrick Cronin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hadn't heard him before, but he is easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I spread it out over several days, partly because of meetings.


    Any additional comments?

    The sappy ending scenes in the hospital seemed to detract from the story. The final scenes of the book were predictable.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-17-17
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-17-17 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "First Review Lost, But this is Worth the Credit"

    I like Dugoni's work so much I actually wrote him. Each of his novels reflect a depth of character, humility and a riveting story line. The 7th Canon is no exception.

    Great characters, writing and narration makes this well worth your time. I flew through it and actually have it queued to listen again.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 09-28-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 09-28-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Intense suspense; a real thrill ride"

    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.

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    "Edge of you seat zuzpense"

    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 .

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mick Turner TF, ID USA 10-25-16
    Mick Turner TF, ID USA 10-25-16

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    "Enjoyed it!"

    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.

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    hshshs 10-28-16
    hshshs 10-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Robert Dugoni is a great author. Can tell amazing stories and leave out the foul language. Wish he had more books. Can't wait for the next one

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    Mary Jean 10-06-16
    Mary Jean 10-06-16 Member Since 2016

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    "The 7th Canon"

    Excellent story. So many facets of life experiences of good and evil, without bringing listener into slime.

    14 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Fincannon 11-14-16

    cat lover

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    "Masterful!"

    Gripping, interesting story. Awesome narration. This is one of the very best AUDIBLE books I ever listened to!! Highly recommend!

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    "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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