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Posted March 9, 2011
Great Legal Thriller
Very good book. Very well written for a first time author. I learned so much about the manipulation of the lawyers in a court room, and the "show" they create. One murder, two trials. Who really killed the man, the husband, the son, the father?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2009
Loved the 70s scene. The cigarettes, the drinking. A total different era lending authencity and realism. Great believable characters. real life characters. Thank God everyone wasnt tall and beautiful and rich and flawless. These characters you can relate to. Twisting plot line too. You wont know whats nextWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2009
a Wyoming born and bred avid reader
This is undoubtedly one of the best thrillers I have read in some time. Campbell captures the reader's interest immediately and never lets go. Prepare yourself for hours of total absorption. I can hardly wait for his next novel. Recommended highly. You will love it!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2009
This is an intriguing legal procedural
In 1973 in Phoenix, Arizona, Rita Eddington and her twelve-year-old daughter Miranda enter a house where the mother fires shots killing her husband. The police arrest Rita with the murder of Travis. The DA and the cops believe this is a slam dunk case as the only other suspect is Miranda whose witnessing of the homicide left her catatonic (obviously the title character).<BR/><BR/>Surprisingly Rita¿s wealthy father-in-law Ferris hires the best defense attorney in the state Dan Morgan of Morgan and McKenzie. Morgan and his able second chair Doug McKenzie believe their client is guilty based on the overwhelming evidence although the latter has a problem with that concept as he has known Rita all his life and cannot envision her committing murder. Still they plan the best defense they can mount as they just need an iota of doubt in the mind of one juror.<BR/><BR/>This is an intriguing legal procedural that sub-genre purists who prefer plenty of legal maneuvers over action will want to read this. The story line starts off with an interesting premise of a father-in-law hiring the best lawyer in the state to defend his daughter-in-law on trial for killing his son. Fans, Dan and Doug wonder why especially Morgan who knows the Eddington family as close friends. MISSING WITNESS is an insightful suspense tale brings the jurisprudence system under a close up microscope.<BR/><BR/>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2008
Great first effort
All I can say is 'this was a very good read.' Kind of hard to believe it is the author's first book. The characters are well defined and honest. The courtroom scenes are believable and the plot with it's twists are well done. Worth the purchase.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2007
Turow comparisons not far off
I loved this book. And for me the mystery is secondary to the wonderful characters here, (who have been listed and described in other reviews, along with the plot.) They're all the things that real people are: sometimes wry, sometimes mean, sometimes weak, sometimes strong and ruthless, but always down-to-earth and engagingly human. Not perfect, but you'll enjoy spending time with them and getting to know them better. I really admired the small, subtle touches Campbell used to illuminate character (you'll have to read the novel to discover the many examples), and the perfectly pitched dialogue and arc of each scene. The court room episodes are also nicely done, imparting a lot of legal procedure while allowing the lawyers to breathe, too. And the whodunit, while a surprise, is not the complete shock that would overwhelm the rest of the book. 'Missing Witness' has been compared to the legal thrillers of Scott Turow, which seems pretty accurate, though Campbell hasn't achieved the power and pathos present in Turow's best work. Yet.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 31, 2011
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