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Publisher's Summary

When Leon Walker calls the husband-and-wife legal team of Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez, this is not good news. Walker was the man who ruined their marriage years ago. When Mike defended Walker against murder charges arising out of a stickup-gone-bad, Rosie fought about it with Mike so much that it drove a wedge between them. Now, Walker has returned, and he's got a new murder pinned to his back.

A Silicon Valley venture capitalist has been found dead in a dumpster on San Francisco's Skid Row. Walker swears he didn't do it, and prevails on Mike to represent him. Dogged investigation, courtroom nimbleness, and a healthy dose of luck have helped Mike before, but time is running out, both on his client...and his marriage.

©2003 Sheldon Seigel (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc

Critic Reviews

"[A] pleasantly compelling read....The verdict is clear; another win for Siegel." (Publishers Weekly)
"Outstanding entry in an always reliable series....An ending that's full of surprises, both professional and personal, provides the perfect finale to a supremely entertaining legal thriller." (Booklist)
"A page-turner of the finger-burning kind." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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One of the best in the series...

I thought this book was probably one of the best books in the Daly/Fernandez series. There are enough reviews and the synopsis that I won't restate the plot. I will say the ending left me feeling a little melancholy and it stayed with me long after I finished the book.
Stephen Hoye does an excellent job narrating.
This is an excellent book, the characters are fleshed out and the plot is interesting and kept my attention throughout with no lulls or fillers.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Characters andPlot

Good writers develop the characters first, and the plot falls into place. This book is written by a good writer who knows how to do that. I wish his other books were not abridged.

34 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Good story but unrealistic courtroom scenes.

This is an intricate, suspenseful mystery, with more or less believeable characters. One weakness-I don't think there were enough clues or sufficient character development to enable the reader to guess the villain.

Although this is the fourth book in the series about attorneys Daley and Fernandez, it was my first. [Warning: the books not available on Audible are listed here as having author "Mike Daley". I wonder why Audible hasn't obtained the first two, which were available from Recorded Books on cassette tapes, narrated by the incomparable Frank Muller.]

The other thing I found disappointing was the "trial" that takes place in the context of the preliminary hearing. The author is an experienced attorney who, as an author is entitled to a modicum of poetic license. Nevertheless, the amount of testimony and evidence admissible into a preliminary hearing is restricted to its purpose, which, the author does explain, is to determine whether the prosecution has sufficient evidence against the defendant to move the case to trial. Then he completely ignores this as Daley pursues the issue of guilt or innocence. Secondly, there is a limit to how hostile attorneys can treat one of their own witnesses, at least, not without permission from the judge to treat the witness as "hostile." Third, admissible evidence, such as bank records, must pass legal safeguards, such as being procured via a warrant. Fourth, a witness can always "take the Fifth Amendment" if responding to a question might place him in criminal jeopardy. So, as much as the plot held promise the telling of it lacked a degree of legal realism that I hope to find. Still, I enjoyed the first 90% of the book.

The narrator, Stephen Hoye, does an excellent job giving voices to the various characters, including the women.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-03-16

A wonderful listening experience!

I enjoyed this legal thriller novel. Character development is outstanding. The plot line maintained my interest and the surprise in the last chapter added hope for the future of the protagonists. Narration was not over acted as we sometimes experience in more recent audiobooks.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 06-10-18

Mike & Rosie Are Fun

No, in spite of this review's title, don't get the idea that this is a comic novel. This legal/detective team are, instead, a comfortable way to make doing the second-mental-level-things in your life more bearable. As a kid I remember how I hated the mindless chores that got dumped on my teenage years. If only Audible books in general and Sheldon Siegel novels in particular were available then to tickle my imagination with their legal puzzles.

Don't buy Final Verdict first. Instead treat yourself form the beginning of this series and hear this couple mature with each passing puzzle and challenge. And enjoy the way Stephen Home breaths life into this unusual duo's perplexing relationship. There's a lot to be liked here, I have and hope others will too.

I'm off to buy Book 5 in the saga of Mike and Rosie versus both crime and life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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great listen

Good listen from start to end. The narrator is great and the plot keeps moving. I also wish his other books were not abridged. Would definetely recommend this book to others.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • Delaware, OH, USA
  • 03-05-06

Great Listen

Stephen Hoye is the best reader I have ever listened to. Handles voices for each character very well, including women. Story was very good also.

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fell asleep

the story is good. the narration is boring. what happened to the narrator from book 1??????

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Excellent book, especially the narrator.

This story had every element necessary to keep you interested the entire way. Stephen Hoye has a rich, full voice, is good with all the characters and puts more into the dialogue with his subtle tongue in cheek narration of his character’s thoughts as well as the actual dialogue. I’m hooked with this author as he makes us feel we’re right there in the courtroom with him. Darren and Rosie are a good match.

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Another good one!

Looking forward to downloading the next on the series! Audible is my mode.. I miss pages to turn, but it makes driving long distance fun!