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Special Circumstances

Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller, Book 1
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Debut author Sheldon Siegel bursts into the legal thriller arena with a riveting courtroom drama, exposing the world of big-time law firms and lawyers in a fresh, sharp-witted, wonderfully sardonic novel.

Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex-public defender. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder, and Daley is instantly catapulted into a high-profile investigation involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him.

As he prepares his case, Daley uncovers the firm's dirtiest secrets. It doesn't take long for him to discover that in this trial, ambition, friendship, greed, and long-standing grudges will play just as important a role as truth and justice.

Brilliantly paced, crackling with energy and suspense, Special Circumstances reminds us why we love to hate lawyers - but can't get enough of courtroom drama when it's done this well.

©2000 Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc. (P)2017 Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 06-25-17

Just a Really Good Listen

I'm so glad that I met Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez in 'Special Circumstances' that I'm listening right now to the 2nd in this series, 'Incriminating Evidence'. Yep this is a legal thriller that's got plot and characters who pulled me into its whodunit delights.

I like it when authors obviously plan a plot, then execute it with usefully thought-out characters. Of course the denizens of these stories have purposes other than probing life's deepest secrets and feelings.. No, when this sort of book is at its best - it will shamelessly entertain.

Sheldon Siegel does that through the ensemble that Tim Campbell's created. I'm not sure which of them is luckiest to have found themselves in this partnership. Maybe the sum's greater than the whole of its parts? Regardless. Start this series with this novel. Do that, and I'm betting that, like me, you'll soon listen to 'Incriminating Evidence'."

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Pleasantly surprised it was this good

I took a chance and ordered the book and much to my amazement was listening to a great legal thriller. Just finished his second book and ordered his third.

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Totally Unexpected Ending! Worth reading...

This is the first book I've listened to by Sheldon Siegel. I thought it was a really good legal/courtroom mystery. I won't go over the storyline because I think Audible gives enough in their description.
The only thing I think I could add is to say that what ever you think actually happened or who ever you think may have committed the crime, you're probably wrong! I never saw this ending coming, no way could I have guessed what was coming or how Mike Daley would have handled the reality of this case.
EXCELLENT ending!
Tim Campbell does a great job narrating. His voice fits this character very well.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 05-20-17

Very Enjoyable Legal Thriller

I've read other Daley/Fernandez books -- but am glad I went back to listen to the first in the series.. Each book can stand alone, but I enjoyed this one as it gave a bit more of the back story on Mike and Rosie. The pacing of these books is just perfect and Tim Campbell did a great job narrating. Now I'll pick up in the series where I left off and continue reading Siegel's great works.

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  • John
  • tallevast, FL, United States
  • 06-14-17

I'd say it's close to a 4 1/2 star book

I thought the plot was good and the characters were believable.

The courtroom drama was well coordinated.

I really can't say a whole lot other than this is a pretty good courtroom drama for those that are searching for one

J

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Surprising

Because this book was a freebie, I half expected it not to have any depth. How wrong I was. I was initially entranced by the setting of the story, I worked in an East Coast law firm that was nearly a mirror image of Simpson & Gates (although on a less grand scale) in its structure and personalities. There was no turning back from that point. The plot grabbed me and swept me along with the quirky characters, unconventional romance and legal maneuverings, and deposited me smack in the middle of a doozie of a surprise ending.
“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY” –

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a little tedious

plenty of dialogue which tended to keep things rolling but in the almost endless courtroom scenes there appeared to be an objection after every sentence. also thought the ending was just kind of pulled out of thin air at the end of a long tough Journey. I always like it when thinking back you can remember clues that might have led to a particular ending. not here.

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A great series start...

I found this series by accident, liked the book I read, and came back to the beginning. It isn't a book for the ages, but it is an entertaining summer legal thriller.

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The Ending: Wow! I Didn't See That Coming

This is an outstanding legal thriller with lots of courtroom drama. Tim Campbell's narration is superb.

Overall, I enjoyed this story. I thought it was a good legal mystery with lively courtroom drama. It is not a perfectly written story by any means. It definitely had flaws. One obvious flaw is that it could have been edited down a bit because there were parts that may have been over written which caused the story to drag in places. Also (warning), another flaw: Who would walk into a room, with a murdered victim lying on the floor, and pick up the murder weapon without putting on gloves or using something to keep hand and finger prints off the weapon. The purpose for doing so is to put the gun in a safe place. I didn't' like that excuse, it made no logical sense to me. I think that I may be nitpicking because the story is very entertaining. It is clever, humorous, and full of metaphors. It was the ending that was a big surprise.

This suspenseful story had an exciting "didn't see that coming" ending. It is a story about murder. However it was the reason for the murder that I thought was the best reason I've ever heard as to why a person commits murder.

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Great book

Excellent story with terrific plot, great writing, and superb narrator. I would recommend to anyone.

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  • Judith
  • 06-22-17

Great legal drama

I came across this author and gave him a try. So glad I did a well written and narrated book. Compare well with mark Giminez or Grisham.

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  • c
  • 02-15-18

Such an original and enjoyable lead character

I really, really liked the Mike Daley lead character. A brilliant composite of former priest and partner in a leading law firm who goes it on his own in the world of criminal law He's no hero at all in the physical sense and worries about his parked car and his own well-being BUT he's very refreshing and believable. The narrator does a stunningly good job of his character and is really good throughout. The whole thing though was let down by some not inconsiderable weaknesses in the plot and I think the courtroom dialogue became a bit repetitious and implausible. Still I liked it so much overall that I'll take a chance on the next one!

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  • Olive
  • 02-05-19

Great first book in a new series

I enjoyed this very much and was even listening to it in the house - I usually only listen in the car! It moves along at a good pace and the characters are well-rounded and interesting. It had a real jaw-dropper of a reveal at the end. I liked Mike Daley’s cynicism and humour though I’d be interested to see if future books make more of his past in the Catholic priesthood. I’ll definitely be following this series. The reader was great - he kept the energy going really well.

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  • Susan Whitehead
  • 12-14-18

Special Circumstances

Brilliant, intriguing storyline. Well told. I would like to read more of Sheldon Siegel. I really enjoyed it

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  • Street
  • 07-06-18

A great listen

This book has a good story line and is read well, the characters seem to come to life and halfway through you think you have the ending - rest assured you don't.
I'm already looking forward to the next in the series

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  • dale_mcewan
  • 05-07-18

EXCELLENT STORY - HELD MY INTEREST THOUGHOUT

I really love courtroom dramas and this is one of the best. Sheldon Siegel knows court procedure so well and the story itself was plausible and logical. The characters were described very well and the story never dipped in the middle as many do. If you enjoy courtroom dramas, buy this one.