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Sufficient Evidence

A Novel
By: Al Macy
Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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Garrett Goodlove hates liars. As a lawyer, he’s forced to deal with more than his fair share of cheats and con artists, but lately, he’s been getting fed up.
 

Goodlove suspects that his latest client, a jolly babushka by the name of Aksana Ivanova, is a grandmaster of deception. His law partner disagrees. But how can they be sure?
 

Soon after they get her weapons-possession charge dismissed on a technicality, the Redwood Point DA arrests her on a charge of first-degree murder. Apparently, the weapon found in the trunk of her car was used in an assassination.
 

Perhaps Ms. Ivanova isn’t who everyone thinks she is.
 

If Goodlove can’t figure out when she’s lying and when she’s telling the truth, he won’t be able to defend her.
 

Worse, he comes to fear that keeping her out of jail might not be such a good idea.

©2019 Al Macy (P)2019 Al Macy

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Super legal thriller with excellent narration...

Sufficient Evidence is the second book in the Garrett Goodlove series. The first is Conclusive Evidence. Both are legal thrillers that can be listened to as stand alones.
This book has Garrett representing an older Russian woman (a babushka) who is accused of murder. At first the attorney doesn’t believe her , then he does, and then with new information he’s on the fence again. So many twists and turns that by the time you find out the truth you’re kind of surprised it took that last final turn.
This author’s style of writing reminds me very much of John Ellsworth.
I basically purchased the first book because Nick Sullivan is the narrator and I really enjoy listening to him. Sullivan also narrates the Wayne Stinnett books as well as his own. Luckily the stories are equally as good.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Even better than the first book!

I couldn't wait to jump back into the world of attorney Garrett Goodlove and his law partner, Jen. The author created the tone for the perfect legal thriller in book one and I just knew book two would be just as good. It was better!!!

Garrett and Jen are defending a woman who Garrett is not completely sure is innocent. As the reader, we have no idea either and it makes for a wonderfully delicious listen.

Sullivan's narration was just as special. It's amazing how completely he made Garrett a strong and assertive male while also equally performing an elderly woman from Belarus. That's some serious skill!

I don't know if there is a book three (it's not available yet at any rate) but one can only hope.

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Mr. Macy

Is well on his way to creating an awesome franchise legal series.

His ability to tickle the funny bone as he writes a great story line makes for an excellent listen with Mr. Sullivan being spot on with his narration. These two are going to be an addictive combo, for sure.


I am still impressed with the way Mr. Macy manages to add the use of American sign language into the story line without loosing the reader/listener. The way he adds the fact A.S.L. is being used is seamless without making the reader/listener feel like they are missing something "in the translation".

His story lines move fast and keep you wanting more. I don't have even one urge to skip on to get past a droning on part of the story line.

This is the second in the series but works great as a stand alone. The background of all the characters are filled in enough a new reader/listener won't be lost, but not rehashed to the point a return listener reader will be bored due to redundancy.

I would absolutely grab "Conclusive Evidence" first, but it isn't a gotta do to enjoy this listen.

I received this book (at no charge) from the author in return for my review.

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What an imagination Al Macy must have.............

After reading the first book in this series, Conclusive Evidence, I was convinced that Al Macy couldn't improve on such an entertaining story. However, he proved me wrong because I enjoyed the second book in the series even more. In this second outing, Garrett Goodlove, a middle-aged criminal defense attorney, tackles another thought provoking legal case when he agrees to represent a seemingly harmless babushka on an illegal weapons charge. Think that sounds improbably - wait until she is charged with murder when the police discover said illegal weapon matches a bullet found in a head found in the stomach contents of a shark. You would think that this would be the height of the entertainment in Sufficient Evidence, but the case gets even more interesting as Garrett investigates and attempts to not only decide if his client is guilty but to defend against mounting evidence of her guilt.

As with the first book, the mystery and Garrett's courtroom antics are incredibly interesting, but it is the amazing characters that move this series to the top of my legal mystery favorites list. Garrett especially but all of the secondary characters are richly developed with equal parts talent and flaws, strengths and vulnerabilities. The relationship Garrett has with his legal partner (and potential love interest), his law school daughter, his deaf twin sister, and his sexagenarian private investigator makes the drama portion of the story even more interesting than the mystery portion. Although the first book in the series was a little heavy and sad, I found this book much lighter, and I enjoyed seeing Garrett in a better place emotionally. I can hardly wait to see what Mr. Macy has in store for Garrett next.

Nick Sullivan's performance is as fabulous as always. He narrates the first book in the series, and I can't imagine a better choice for Garrett's irreverent, dry wit. Sullivan differentiates extremely well between characters, and his delivery is flawless. I can't pin down what it is about Sullivan, but his pacing and emphasis just make the story more fun as an audiobook.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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Legal thriller with many twists

Sufficient Evidence is the seond story in this legal thriller series. Garrett, a lawyer, and Carly, his deaf sister, are twins and best friends since he defended her against murder in the first book, Conclusive Evidence. Although this book continues with the same main characters from the first, the story is stand alone and can be heard without the first.

In this story, there is a human head discovered in a shark and a woman Garret is hired to defend that appears to be the culprit.

This was another brilliant legal thriller by Al Macy. I was intrigued throughout and kept thinking I had figured it out, until I got thrown completely off track by the myriad of twists and turns embedded within the story. The courtroom drama was brilliant and I was eager to figure out the truth.

Nick narrated brilliantly with excellent intonation and energy in his narration. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. I love that he narrated both the first and second in the series as this provides good continuity and familiarity of the characters in the way they sound and appear when you imagine them.

Overall, I highly recommend both the first and second books in this series.

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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Loved it

Loved the light hearted nature and all the characters good for all ages. Great info on the struggle to grow a crop that once was acceptable in the 1930s

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  • Mr. Christopher A. Wells
  • 01-25-20

What More Could You Ask For? Brilliant!

When you read a legal thriller that’s what you want, a thriller, about the law. Al Macy delivers all that and more with this excellent book. The story begins and rolls and rolls and rolls with Garrett Goodlove left twisting and turning as he tries to get to the bottom of his clients true motives. Can the kindly ‘grandmother type’ sitting in his office really be a world class liar? Is it really possible that this seemingly frail old lady holds dark secrets? Well, I’ll not answer those questions in a review as that would spoil the story for those who plan to read it. What I will say is this, Al Macy has created a wonderfully complex and entertaining character in Goodlove that has me wanting more before I’ve even finished. This is what all legal thriller writing should be: taught, twisting and ‘un-put-down-able’! Absolutely first class work from a writer that flew onto my favourites list.
The reading of this book by Nick Sullivan is as good as it gets. I’d even go so far as to say it’s perfect, I really enjoyed it that much. Each character comes to life in his hands (or should that be voice?) and the story takes on a life of its own. His warm tones make listening a true pleasure. Adding Nick Sullivan's narration to this book is a master stroke that raises the great book even higher, recommended.

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  • roverite41
  • 11-09-19

Evidence is... it's great.

The story is excellent, the characters are well developed and believable. It's well read, with a narration that keeps you wanting more. A really enjoyable listen all round.