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  • Posted October 17, 2010


    The publisher's back-cover blurb sets the scene: "For Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez -- former spouses and current law partners, the stakes have never been higher. In the seventh installment of this best-selling, critically acclaimed series, the duo learn that their sixteen-year-old daughter's boyfriend has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his father, a Superior Court judge. Bobby Fairchild, however, claims to have found his father's body upon returning home from a date with Grace. The police, who found Bobby at the scene of the crime holding the murder weapon, contend that his parents' acrimonious divorce sent the boy over the edge. With their daughter as Bobby's only alibi, Mike and Rosie take the case and uncover a sex scandal that takes them down San Francisco's darkest alleys and into the homes of the city's most prominent citizens." The author's trade-mark humor greets you almost immediately and makes you smile. In describing a judge, Siegel writes: "The three-hundred pound Brahman responds with another pronounced sigh. The fifth-generation San Franciscan firmly be- lieves his appointment to the bench was an entitlement bestowed upon him by birthright. To those of us who have the privilege of appearaing before him, it's common knowledge that Putty Chandler is well into the back nine of a thoroughly undistin- guished judicial career." {Paragraph three}. Siegel, a practicing San Fraancisco attorney for more than twenty-five years, knows the legal system's ins and outs and presents them expertly and easily to his reader -- a definite plus to any courtroom drama. In Siegel's stories you look forward to learning more about the city he loves. This time, for example, he treats you to the history of Tank Hill, the Bohemian Club, the Tenderloin area, the Bayview, and the Grubstake Restaurant. Above all, however, in Sheldon Siegel's books you wit- ness compassionate character development. You love the characters because he loves the characters. Following is a sketch of one of my favorite returning characters, Roosevelt Johnson: "The dean of San Francisco homicide inspectors has handled every high-profile murder investigation in the City for forty years. A half-century ago, he and my father formed the SFPD's first integrated team. The good news is he'll proceed with competence and professionalism. The bad news is he doesn't arrest anybody unless he has the goods. . . . Inspector Johnson eyes me through wire-rimmed, aviator-style bifocals. The former college tight end has dropped some weight since he underwent radiation treatments for throat cancer last year. Nevertheless, the seventy-five-year-old legend still carries over two hundred pounds on his six-foot-four-inch frame." {Pages 23, 25-26}. Begin at the beginning of this super series with: SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

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    Sheldon Siegel brings back two of the most fun lawyers in all of

    Sheldon Siegel brings back two of the most fun lawyers in all of fiction back. Mike Daley and Rosie are asked to do something they have not done before. That is, defend their daughter's (Grace) boyfriend accused of the murder of his father who was a prominent judge. This is one case that will test their skill as they are personally involved with the defendents and have to put aside their parenting bias.

    The evidence against Grace's boyfriend is enormous and his only defense seems to be the alibi of Grace. As always they have to lock horns with their out of court friend, Roosevelt, who is the arresting detective and need to investigative skills of their brother Pete to help out. It seems the Judge had a powerful enemy and also the Judge was involved in some shady business himself.

    Sheldon keeps you guessing up to the end as to Grace's and her boyfriend's involvement and does a wonderful job of making this book difficult to put down. I also enjoyed the interplay between Mike, Rosie and Grace and when the lawyers must interogate their daughter and have to worry about winning their case at the possible cost of ruining the relationship with Grace. I hope Siegel will do another Mike and Rosie tale!

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